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How did the Gulf oil rig explode? A prominent theory adds Halliburton to the mix. Workers had just finished cementing the well when the rig blew, leading experts to speculate that a flaw in this process could have caused the explosion. Halliburton, the largest company in the global cementing business, was in charge of cementing the well.
In order to prevent oil and natural leakage, rig workers pump cement down wells after they've finished drilling. This process requires a very particular type of cement, one that must be mixed and stirred in a precise fashion. If the cement is flawed, it can crack or fail to set properly, allowing oil and gas to leak through. If gas escaped through the Gulf rig's cement, it could have shot back up the well -- what's known as a "blowout" -- and ignited the fatal blast.
Halliburton was also responsible for cementing a well off the coast of Australia that blew last August, leaking oil for ten weeks before it was plugged. Though the investigation continues, an official from the U.S. Minerals Management Service testified that a poor cement job probably caused the explosion.
Halliburton may also be implicated in the oil spills in the Timor
Sea off Australia in August of 2009 and in the gulf of Mexico in April of
2010 for improper cementing. An investigation is underway as to the
cause of the Australia spill.
The Times article reported that Halliburton employees had
been performing “concrete operations” just before the accident
occurred, and the company had been involved with that activity
before the Australian incident, too.
A Halliburton employee, David A. Doeg, testified to the Australian
commission that he made the problem worse at the Montara
well by repumping concrete during an incorrectly handled procedure
before the blowout.
Such an operation may have been intended to temporarily seal the
well, perhaps prior to installing permanent pipe or moving the drill to
In 2002 a Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports were done
to see if chemicals being emitted were harmful to people from
Halliburton's Harris County, Texas facility. The facility had 230
TRI air releases in 2001 and 245 in 2002.
On June 7, 2006 Halliburton's Farmington, New Mexico facility
created a toxic cloud that forced people to evacuate from their
Oman Oil Company, OOC (www.oman-oil.com) is fully owned
by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. The company was
created in 1992 to give the Government a vehicle for pursuing
investment opportunities in the energy sector both inside and
outside Oman. The company is currently involved in a number
of projects in countries such as UAE, Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan