Deepwater drillers, MMS tackle issues of accidental riser disconnects

In cooperation with the US Minerals Management Service (MMS), the International Association of Drilling Contractor's (IADC) Deepwater Well Control Task Force (OGJ, Mar. 8, 1999, p. 58) has quickly responded to conditions that initiated three accidental drilling riser disconnects.As a result, guidelines have been formulated that will reduce the risk of such incidents in the future. In the first two cases, the MMS and IADC cited human error as the main cause. The last case, however, involved a software glitch.Altogether, these actions show the kind of positive response that can occur between industry and the government as drilling operations head into deeper waters.Purpose Click here t...

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