By: Peter Stern
The current British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may well affect onshore operations in several ways. As the evidence continues to support the initial observations that the failsafe mechanism known as the blastoff preventer failed to perform its emergency safety shut-off...
What is a blowout preventer?
By: Bibi .W Kaudur
The awful offshore oil spill on records to date is related to a blowout preventer that even though was operational, fails to totally shut off the well. The term ‘blowout preventer’ which was up till now known to few or connoisseur only, is...
By: Peter Stern
There are several fail safes considered standard mandatory safety equipment on every modern oil drilling rig. Each safety procedure and item has been proven over time to be a major factor in saving human lives, securing capital equipment and protecting the environment by preventing and/or...
Why the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could affect onshore operations
By: L.B. Woodgate
The BP Gulf oil spill should be a wake-up call for onshore operations. Oil spills, in-land or off shore, always negatively impact the environment and not just for the short term. While an oil rig may function in close proximity to humans and sensitive eco-systems...
By: Peter Stern
Slant drilling often is the preferred method of oil drilling that is less costly overall by providing more opportunity for profit and may be less invasive to parts of our natural environment. Instead of the older style method of vertical drilling, selecting a site and...
How planet Earth was formed
By: Francis Jock
The mechanics that could describe the formation of the third planet from the sun has defied an adequate scientific explanation for decades. Theories abound about how the big bang gave birth to the universe, as we know it, eventually spawning a mediocre galaxy with a...
By: Nan C Avery
BOP – Blow Out Preventer did not work on British Petroleum’s rig, Deepwater Horizon. Now comes the let’s name who is to blame game. What happened to the blowout preventer on the rig? The fail-safe equipment is the last defense to stop a...
By: Marisol Dayton
By now, most people who watch or read the news have a basic idea of what a blowout preventer is. Ask anyone on the street and answers will probably sound something like, “It’s a valve that malfunctioned or wasn’t shut right and...
By: Peter Stern
An oil riser is an integral part of a drilling rig, which is a long complex pipe that connects the floating or anchored rig to the wellhead situated below the sea. The subsea well is drilled through the oil riser and enables the drilling mud...
By: Lenna Gonya
Oil and gas production methods are dangerous and require special fail-safe devices and constant monitoring, even under the best situations. However, when they are in the water, miles from land, they pose a whole different level of concern. While accidents are rare, they are costly...

 

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