REFILE-Northern Canada eyes BP oil spill technology

Wed Dec 5, 2012 6:15pm EST
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* Minister study monitoring, capping technology

* Hopes gear can be used to address relief well rules

* BP has Beaufort Sea acreage with Exxon, Imperial

By Jeffrey Jones

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada's Northwest Territories is studying oil well monitoring techology used by BP Plc in the Gulf of Mexico following its 2010 oil spill there in hopes that it can be applied to Arctic wells, the Territories' industry minister said on Wednesday.

David Ramsay, minister of industry, tourism and investment in the resource-rich and sparsely populated territory, said it may be possible that such gear can be used to satisfy Canadian regulators, who reviewed regulations for offshore oil and gas operations in the Arctic following BP's Macondo disaster.

Ramsay toured BP monitoring facilities this week in Houston, where he also spoke at an event hosted by the Canadian consulate.

The Northwest Territories is seeking investments in oil and gas as a way to bring economic benefits to a region that suffers from high unemployment. A long-sought pipeline to move gas from the onshore Mackenzie Delta to southern markets is years behind schedule.   Continued...