Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Deepwater Horizon and Industry Impact

Moderated by Oliver Moghissi, DNV GL

Presented by Shane Finneran and Brandon Rollins, DNV GL

On the evening of April 20, 2010, control of an exploratory well at the Macando Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico was lost, allowing hydrocarbons to enter the drilling riser and reach the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig. The subsequent explosions and fires onboard resulted in the rig sinking on April 22, 2010 and the loss of 11 lives. The failure of the DWH blowout preventer to seal following the uncontrolled hydrocarbon release resulted in one of the largest spills in U.S. History. The subsequent incident investigation, performed in New Orleans, indicated the blind shear ram was not able to close due to the presence of a buckled drill pipe, preventing the blowout preventer from sealing the well. In addition to reviewing the incident investigation, this forum will explore the implications to the industry, with respect to regulations, operation, and design requirements. The forum will also discuss of the incident had on the greater New Orleans area.

The panel experts will present on the following topics. After the presentations, the forum will be open for audience participation, including Q&A discussion with the panel and sharing of best practices.

  • Doug Morris (BSEE Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs) will present on the Final Well Control Rules addressing many of the recommendations that were made in numerous Deepwater Horizon investigations related to blowout preventers and also adopting a variety of new industry best practices related to maintaining control of a well.
  • Ben Parker (DNV GL) will provide background introduction to the  Macando failure, the BOP Forensic Investigation, findings and recommendations the contributed to the new Well Control Rules.
  • Gary Kenney (Sine Rivali) will provide primer on significant historical industry incidents, failure investigations, and industry and regulatory changes.

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