Tag: blowout preventer

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Feds to release new rules for offshore emergency equipment this year

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator said he hopes to unveil new requirements for blowout preventers by Dec. 31, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster revealed vulnerabilities in the emergency devices.  More »

Lawmakers press feds for info on blowout preventer mandates

A dozen lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to outline its plans for tightening standards on emergency equipment used to safeguard offshore oil wells.  More »

OTC Spotlight Award: GE’s next-gen blind shear ram goes global

GE’s new blind shear ram can cut a thicker pipe, and it can cut it regardless of whether it’s centered in the well bore.  More »

New blowout preventer mandates coming — but companies won’t have to comply overnight

Federal regulators are on track to propose new standards for boosting the reliability and performance of emergency devices safeguarding offshore wells later this year — but that doesn’t mean the industry will have to comply overnight.  More »

National Oilwell Varco sees big business in blowout preventers

Bulky, heavy and designed for redundancy rather than beauty, blowout preventers are the last line of defense for a runaway well. National Oilwell Varco has staked a piece of the company’s future on expanding production of blowout preventers and exporting them around the world.  More »

Specialists working to kill Apache well in Gulf

Drilling specialists have been pumping heavy fluids into a gas well 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in a bid to halt natural gas moving among underground formations at the site.  More »

Apache plans to kill Gulf well after detecting uncontrolled flow

Apache is preparing to kill a Gulf of Mexico well after an uncontrolled flow of fluid in the well prompted workers to activate its blowout preventer.  More »

Regulators order drillers to replace faulty bolts

Drilling on roughly two dozen offshore oil and gas wells may be temporarily halted so companies can replace faulty bolts on emergency devices, after federal regulators identified problems with the equipment.  More »

Feds lay out plans for new blowout preventer mandates

Obama administration officials today outlined their plans for new regulations designed to boost the reliability of crucial emergency equipment safeguarding offshore wells. Fundamentally, said Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes, blowout preventers “need to be able to cut whatever is in their way and completely sell off the well.”  More »

Got a spare? Extra BOP can reduce drilling downtime.

Some offshore drillers are adding spare blowout preventers so one can protect their wells while the second is down for maintenance or inspection.  More »

GE shows off powerful pipe-cutting blowout preventer rams at OTC

After a blowout preventer failed to successfully shear drill pipe and seal off BP’s Macondo well, companies that make the emergency devices have been looking for new ways to boost their performance. At OTC this week, GE Oil & Gas unveiled new blind shear rams the company says can slash through thick tool joints and seal off the well hole.  More »
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