U.S. Issues Alert on Offshore Oil Equipment Problems


WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department issued a safety alert on Tuesday, warning offshore oil and gas drillers about recurring problems with bolts on equipment including blowout preventers.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said it was aware of a "recurring problem of connector and bolt failures" in components used in risers and underwater blowout preventers used in offshore drilling.

"These failures are of great concern to BSEE due to their frequency and the potential for a catastrophic event," the agency said. In 2012, failures led to a global recall of bolts and a temporary stop to drilling activities, BSEE said.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Keith | Feb. 3, 2016
This shouldn't happen especially if the problems arise because of sub-standard bolting. Upon receipt of material, the Material Test Certificates should be checked to correct mechanical and chemical properties. Random sample bolts should be selected and sent away for independent lab testing to [determine that] they do conform to the material Test Certificates. If the are found not to conform, then remove that supplier from the Preferred Suppliers list, then, over time, only the good suppliers remain. It's apathy that causes these problems ... penny wise and pound foolish. Why is it there's never enough money for resources to check these things, but there's always enough money to pay out for blowout disasters???


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