SHEAR RAMS HOLD 10,000 PSI AFTER CUTTING PIPE

Einar Framnes Saga Petroleum a.s. Forus, Norway Joseph R. Roche Hydril Co. Houston The purpose and effectiveness of a ram blowout preventer (BOP) in a worst case situation was illustrated in related incidents offshore Norway. A ram BOP is of course designed as the last line of defense when a well starts to flow and control is lost. When all else fails, the blind/shear ram BOP must be relied upon to protect the rig, the environment, and especially the crew.

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