Govt Greenlights 1st BP GOM Permit after Spill

Govt Greenlights 1st BP GOM Permit after Spill

BP received permission Wednesday to return to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico to drill its first well after the Deepwater Horizon incident–the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said BP's drilling permit, which was originally submitted in January 2011, has met the bureau's new safety requirements.

"BP has met all of the enhanced safety requirements that we have implemented and applied consistently over the past year. In addition, BP has adhered to voluntary standards that go beyond the agency's regulatory requirements," said BSEE Director Michael R. Bromwich in a press release issued by the agency Wednesday.

According to the BSEE, BP's permit has also adhered to additional standards set by the company in July 2011, including: 

  • the use of blind shear rams and a casing shear ram on subsea BOPs
  • third party verification of BOP testing and maintenance
  • laboratory testing of cement slurries.

Should a blowout occur, BP has contracted the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) to use its capping stack to stop the flow of oil.

The proposed well is part of BP's Kaskida prospect on the Keathley Canyon Block 292 in a water depth of 6,034 feet, approximately 1,000 feet deeper than the Macondo well. Seadrill's West Sirius will be used to drill the well, according to Rigzone's Riglogix Database. The West Sirius, which entered service in 2008 is a dynamically-positioned ultra-deepwater semisub rated to work in water depths up to 10,000 feet and features a 6-ram Cameron BOP stack.

Estimated time to drill and temporarily abandon the well is 205 days. BP has received confirmation from Statoil and Woodside that in the event that a relief well needs to be drilled, the Discoverer Americas (UDW drillship) and Maersk Developer (UDW semisub) will be made available.

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TK | Oct. 28, 2011
Still think that the men in Houston and the Company men on the rig should be held responsible..... thinking of the men who gave their lives to save money and skip safety steps. There should be govt reps on all deepwater rigs to make them conform to all standards.

Tonson | Oct. 27, 2011
BP is not the only beneficiary, USA government gets profits as well. That's why BP can continue their drilling without considering the protests for environment.

Tim R | Oct. 27, 2011
The deep water drilling industry has extremely capable personnel that are not the problem here. The main reason why BP should not be allowed to operate in the Gulf of Mexico, or any where else, for that matter, is that the executive management of BP cannot be trusted on any level. They operate on greed and profits before people. They will throw their money around to protect their own interests, while the truth is that we are inviting our own peril to allow it. They are continually in denial of any wrong doing. They use their corporate influence to silence our legitimate protests against spoiling our environment. They prevented truthful reporting of the impact of the Gulf spill as it happened. They used their corporate power to supersede our own EPA, ie, our own GOVERNMENT, in the decisions made in the abatement of oil spillage, as well as the clean up and restoration of the Gulf and adjacent land and waters of the Gulf coast states. They damn sure don't want to pay for their actions to the millions they have affected. They prevented alternate methods of dealing with the spill by using up their own proprietary measures that continued to fail for months while the oil continued to gush...They ignored the long term impact on our environment, for instance, using Corexit for a dispersant...which was more toxic than the oil it dispersed. They covered up beaches in the Florida panhandle with "re-nourishment" projects that piled 4-6 feet of new "pristine" beach sand on top of oil damaged beaches.. They paid clean up workers to shut up and not mention the obvious damages that will remain for generations to come. Now they advertise what beautiful beaches we have and how everyone should come and enjoy our travel destination. A word of warning...please don't continue to bury your head in the sand and ignore the damage created by BPs mismanagement of an otherwise safe may end up with your face covered with the BP oil sludge that is hidden beneath our beautiful beach..

Michael Dardar | Oct. 27, 2011
Exciting to see that we are moving forward in our industry after a disastrous 2010. Regardless of an individuals personal opinions regarding BP, this is a positive step forward and I'm anxious to see our industry flourish in Deepwater.

Romeo sonday | Oct. 27, 2011
I am currently enforcing BP control of work process at the CTT and feel that it is unfortunate that the catastrophic incident occurred by through this incident others are made aware of the importance of working safely all the time.

Rick Morgan | Oct. 26, 2011
I think that a lot of the mony BP spent on the administration of the oil spill clean up process(es) has somehow found its way into the coffers of various PACs and SuperPACs, and primarily those of the Democratic persuasion. But maybe, I'm being overly pessimistic? Only way to be sure is to run a financial check of all of BPs donations and those of Mr. Feinbergs law firm.

H Hanbouly | Oct. 26, 2011
Certainly those are good news for the hydrocarbons world. In fact,the additional safety measures which will be undertaken by BP to boost safety address the core causes of the Macondo well blowout and the subsequent spill. What about development of the reservoir in which Macondo well was drilled as an exploratory well?

TOM JONES | Oct. 26, 2011
Seems like BSEE and BOEM are kissing BP butt when their are many other worthy projects are in limbo waiting for the BOEM and BSEE to review and make a decision. How does BP file this year and jump ahead of others that have been waiting months on end.. somethings fishy here

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