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Cameron’s Mark IV High-Availability BOP Control System is the only blowout prevention system that features three points-of-distribution, or PODs, which significantly lessens the chance of delays in drilling in the event of a POD failure. 

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Cameron says its Mark IV blowout preventer is “future-proofed”

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Work on the Mark IV HA began three years ago with six months of research, followed by two-and-a-half years of engineering.
In June, GE tested this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

Feds unveil plan for keeping offshore oil wells in check five years after Gulf spill

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The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.
The Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer is lifted onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana in September 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Five years after Gulf disaster, feds ready new well control and blowout preventer mandates

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The Obama administration is poised to lay out new requirements for controlling offshore wells, nearly five years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill vividly illustrated the damage that can be unleashed when they are not kept in check.
(AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Houston man accused of lying about blowout preventer tests

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If convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal agencies, he could get up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
In June, GE tested this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

Blowout preventer rule gets White House vetting

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Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells.
(AFP PHOTO / CARL COURTCARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

BP says judge’s fact findings should limit its spill liability

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BP is arguing in court that certain findings in a federal judge’s recent ruling actually work in its favor.
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

Project aims to trade calendar for risk in maintaining BOPs

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Oil companies, drilling contractors and manufacturers are collaborating on a project to shake up the way the emergency devices known as blowout preventers are kept in good condition.
Shown is the lower half of a failed lower marine riser package connector. (Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

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The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.
Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

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GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.
GE recently introduced SeaLytics, a software program designed to allow drillers to monitor performance and plan maintenance based on predictive analytics.

OTC Spotlight award: GE’s SeaLytics

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For years, data collected from blowout preventers, or BOPs, was examined only to figure out why something went wrong. That’s about to change.
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