In the next several weeks I will be discussing serious safety and drilling concerns with regard to the governing board that oversees offshore drilling
in America. Known as MMS this agency is one of the most corrupt agencies in the United States and is largely responsible for the disaster in The Gulf
Of Mexico. This is just one example of many more incidents to be listed, please excuse my terminology and grammar mistakes as English is a second
language. I would respectfully move that this thread be located in fragile Earth section of Forum.
Investigation and Report
Authority On 8 August 2002, the jack-up rig Ocean King (hereinafter referred to as the “Rig”), was
engaged in drilling operations for BP Exploration & Production Inc. (hereinafter referred
to as “Operator”) on Grand Isle (GI) Block 93 Well C-4ST. The Rig was in place next to
the GI 93 “C” platform (hereinafter referred to as the “Platform”). Drilling was being
conducted with the Rig cantilevered over the Platform by using the existing slot of the C-
4 well, which had been plugged and abandoned (P&A).
Normal directional drilling operations were progressing through conductor casing set at
approximately 1,200’. The well had been kicked off at 2,421’ and drilling had reached
3,590’ when it was decided to make a short trip. During the short trip, as the seventh
stand of drill pipe was being pulled, the well suddenly began flowing. The uncontrolled
flow and pressure rapidly built up, causing the crew to close the annular diverter element,
sending the gas, mud, and sand flow into the diverter. The Rig and Platform were
abandoned, and shortly thereafter the diverted flow caused the end of the portside diverter
line to be blown off. The flow through this line subsequently caught fire and burned for
upwards of ten minutes before bridging. The flames of the diverted flow ignited
combustibles on the Rig floor that burned for several hours after the main uncontrolled
well flow had ceased.
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[edit on 5/6/2010 by Sauron]