Post Macondo Negative Pressure Testing For Offshore Drilling
BP's Macondo blowout was the largest environmental catastrophe that America has ever faced. Multiple factors contributed to the blowout, but the final barrier check – the negative pressure test – was misinterpreted. Proper interpretation of this test might have alerted the rig crew of failed barriers and ultimately prevented the blowout. Due to this blowout, the negative pressure test is now required by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. There is no industry standard, however, on how the negative pressure test should be defined, conducted or interpreted. This paper proposes that ...
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