Industry promotes surface BOPs for floating drilling operations

Offshore operators and drilling contractors are working to advance surface blowout preventer (BOP) technology for floating drilling operations (Figs. 1 and 2). The technology extends the capability of older and smaller drilling rigs and reduces deepwater oil and gas exploration and development costs. Click here to enlarge imageThe industry's effort to promote the technology encompasses well-construction issues, drilling-vessel upgrades and modifications, and health, safety, and environment (HSE) considerations.The International Association of Drilling Contractors and the US Minerals Management Service hosted a 1-day workshop in Houston last month. The event allowed industry and regul...

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