Forum Discusses Deepwater Horizon and the Impact on Industry Regulations

The Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 changed the way that industries across the world look at their planning processes, regulatory compliance, and response plans.

Today from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room 222, Shane Finneran and Brandon Rollins from DNV GL will discuss lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon and the changes that have taken place over the past 7 years.

On the evening of April 20, 2010, control of an exploratory well at the Macondo 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 and the loss of eleven lives. The failure of the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer to seal following the uncontrolled hydrocarbon release resulted in one of the largest oil 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, which prevented the blowout preventer (BOP) 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 following areas will be the focus of this forum:

• Regulators (BSEE/ BOEMRE)

          -Regulatory changes in response to major incidents to Input from ranking local (NOLA) officials

• Operators (Cameron/Transocean)

           -Design and testing changes post-Macondo

• Industry

            -DNV GL - background on Macondo failure, and BOP forensic investigation

            -Gary Kenny - Historical primer on major incidents and industry response (Dr. Kenney has led investigations for Piper Alpha, DWH, etc.)