GE Tackles Offshore Oil Spill Prevention in New BOP Pact

By David Wethe (Bloomberg) -- Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. is turning over care and handling of the massive rig safety devices designed to stop well blowouts to General Electric Co. in an agreement that establishes a new industry model. GE Oil & Gas will buy the blowout preventers on four of Diamond Offshore’s newest drillships for $210 million, and rent the devices … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: BSEE Inspects Shell’s Critical Arctic Containment Equipment

  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement this week oversaw testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping system, a key piece of containment equipment that is considered the line of defense in the case of a major blowout while drilling in the remote arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. The tests were carried out before BSEE personnel in Washington's Puget … [Read more...]

Hercules Jack-Up Rig Fire is Out, Rowan Jack-Up Contracted for Relief Well

Update 5 (29 July 2013) On 27 July, BSEE approved a permit application by Walter Oil and Gas to drill the relief well which will permanently kill the well that blew out last week, destroying a fixed gas platform and seriously damaging the Hercules 265 drilling rig. Rowan Drilling's EXL-3 jack-up rig has been contracted by Walter and is on location at South Timbalier 220. Crews … [Read more...]

How a Jack-Up Rig Blowout Occurs

From a drilling safety standpoint, jack-up rigs are inherently more dangerous than floating rigs for two main reasons. First, if the well blows out and catches fire, there’s no way to unlatch the rig from the wellhead and move off station, thus removing the fuel source. Either the blowout preventer will close and the fire is extinguished, or the rig is going to burn to … [Read more...]