Well design for Macondo laid foundation for problems, panel told

11/15/2010
Nick SnowWashington EditorDecisions made during the design phase of the deepwater Macondo well led to conditions in the hours before the well's blowout on Apr. 20 that left the crew with inadequate and incorrect information and not enough time to respond, experts told US President Barack Obama's independent commission investigating the accident and subsequent oil spill on Nov. 9."A well design needs to include as much detail as technically possible. It has to show what the well intends to accomplish, and then each element needs to go through a complete design cycle which is rolled back to consider implications on what's intended," explained Steve Lewis, an advanced drilling tech...
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