Category Archives: Pre Explosion

What Happened on the Deepwater Horizon

Here’s a great diagram of what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon drilling. Click on the image for a larger version Graphic provided by Emmett Mayer III and Dan Shea / The Times-Picayune Source: Staff Research

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Great Article on the Deepwater Horizon’s Last Day

The Wall Street Journal compiled a great article on the doomed rig’s last day and the divisive change of plans to use less drilling mud. Definitely worth the read. Read the full article here According to the investigation by the … Continue reading

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Condition of the Macondo Well Before the Explosion

The condition of the Macondo well before the explosion continues to be a concern as the latest attempt to seal the well (Collar, Cap, and Collector) has not reached the desired PSI of 7,000. Rather the PSI has reached just … Continue reading

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BP Well Casing

Details on the well casing program used by BP. Reference: Macondo History Before the Blowout

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BP Pipe Into Reservoir: long string

What was BP thinking when they chose the unconventional single long pipe design into the reservoir? From the WSJ article The cement job was especially important on this well because of a BP design choice that some petroleum engineers call … Continue reading

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BP Intended To Plug and Abandon Well Before Explosion

Prior to the BP oil well explosion on April 20, 2010, BP hired Halliburton (the cementing contractor) to plug the well and temporarily abandon it, a standard practice in the industry. Still, by mid-April, the well seemed a qualified success. … Continue reading

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Latest Attempt: Collar, Cap, and Collector

Let’s hope that the new cap proves the well is solid and intact. If it proves that the well when capped is forcing the oil out of other parts of the broken BOP or into the seabed (below the seafloor) … Continue reading

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