Quantifying the ecological value of a standing platform compared with a platform moved to a reef site

Quantifying the ecological value of a standing platform compared with a platform moved to a reef site

In collaboration with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (Texas A&M), GORI is conducting research to quantify the ecological value of a standing platform compared with a platform moved to a reef site. This collaboration will evaluate how oil and gas platform habitats function to support marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Phase I report has been completed and can be found here.

The Gulf Offshore Research Institute (GORI) has entered into an agreement with Peregrine Oil & Gas for the two platforms in the North Padre Island

The Gulf Offshore Research Institute (GORI) has entered into an agreement with Peregrine Oil & Gas for the two platforms in the North Padre Island

The Gulf Offshore Research Institute (GORI) has entered into an agreement with Peregrine Oil & Gas to gain regulatory approval and work towards the conversion of two platforms in the North Padre Island OCS Areas PN 975 and PN 969 to Marine Monitoring, Energy and Environmental Research, Science Education, and Training (MMEERSET) stations and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Platforms. Regulatory approval will be sought through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) under 30 CFR 585 Subpart J – Rights of Use and Easement for Energy and Marine-Related Activities Using Existing Facilities. GORI will partner with Excipio Energy Inc. to develop ORE.

GORI becomes a participant in the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Environmental, Social, and Governance Network (ESG Network)

GORI becomes a participant in the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Environmental, Social, and Governance Network (ESG Network)

GORI becomes a participant in the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Environmental, Social, and Governance Network (ESG Network). The ESG Network is a programmatic effort to share and develop best practices across the offshore energy industry. GORI is pleased to lend its expertise and its portfolio of offshore platforms to making the U.S. offshore industry the best it can be.

GORI becomes a member of SeaAhead BlueTech Innovation

GORI becomes a member of SeaAhead BlueTech Innovation

GORI becomes a member of SeaAhead BlueTech Innovation. SeaAhead is about venture innovation for the ocean. The stresses on the world’s oceans are growing. Global populations are approaching 8 billion people – and 40% of them live near the coast, mostly in cities. At the same time, standards of living globally are rising, bringing many people out of poverty through continued industrialization. This combination of factors presents an acute need, as well as an opportunity, for scalable new technologies and ventures to improve ocean sustainability.

GORI has entered into a Masters Services Agreement (MSA) with Danos Corporation to help evaluate the offshore platforms for alternative uses

GORI has entered into a Masters Services Agreement (MSA) with Danos Corporation to help evaluate the offshore platforms for alternative uses

GORI has entered into a Masters Services Agreement (MSA) with Danos Corporation to help evaluate the offshore platforms for alternative uses.

The Gulf Offshore Research Institute (GORI) was awarded a start-up grant from the Fondren Foundation for $125,000. “We are very appreciative of the Fondren Foundation’s generous support of GORI”, said Mr. Kent Satterlee, Executive Director of the Gulf Offshore Research Institute, and we believe the funding will go a long way toward getting our offshore platforms ready for the many potential users in the Gulf. We also appreciate the Foundation’s recognition of the value of these offshore platforms to support recreational fishing, scientific research, and offshore renewable energy. Especially during this time of unprecedented uncertainty and hardship, we want to demonstrate the viability of utilizing this valuable offshore infrastructure and its promise to our ocean economy.”