Developments and Discoveries from Across the Industry

Developments and Discoveries from Across the Industry.

  • Bolt Breakage

    April 28th, 2017

    While pulling out of the hole, both brake band anchor bolts failed. The elevators were about six feet (two meters) above the rotary table.... READ MORE >>

  • Near Miss – Loose Crane Ring Bolts

    April 28th, 2017

    A crane boom slew was jamming while lifting medium loads. The boom, counterweight, winch, pedestal, lift cylinders and lower pedestal plate were removed for inspection.... READ MORE >>

  • U.S. Regulators Warn Drillers to Find Solution to Subsea Bolt Failures

    August 29th, 2016

    Federal regulators Monday warned subsea oil drillers and equipment makers that bolt failures in the Gulf of Mexico could result in an oil spill on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.... READ MORE >>

  • Regulators press for answers on bolt failures in Gulf

    August 26th, 2016

    Federal regulators are increasing pressure on the Gulf of Mexico's offshore drilling industry to figure out why the bolts that hold together critical undersea equipment are failing.... READ MORE >>

  • Underwater Oil-Well Bolts Are Failing, Causing Alarm

    July 28th, 2016

    General Electric Co., oil drillers and U.S. regulators are scrambling to determine why massive bolts used to connect subsea oil equipment keep failing, prompting costly shutdowns and raising safety concerns about hundreds of wells in the Gulf of Mexico.... READ MORE >>

  • The Dangers of Hot Bolting

    July 7th, 2016

    David Dunning is a Cornell University professor who is perhaps most famous for a paper he co-wrote about ignorance and over-confidence. The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to people who are novice or ignorant to things they do not know but believe they are expert... READ MORE >>

  • Technical Review of Connector and Bolt Failures -BSEE

    August 12th, 2014

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released a technical review following the failure of connectors and bolts used in critical equipment.... READ MORE >>

  • Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

    August 11th, 2014

    The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.... READ MORE >>

  • U.S. Halts Drilling on Gulf Wells With Flawed Bolts

    February 23rd, 2013

    Deep-water oil exploration has been disrupted from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil by the discovery of faulty bolts used in safety equipment less than three years after the worst-ever U.S. maritime crude spill.... READ MORE >>

  • ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT

    June 6th, 2011

    UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT GULF OF MEXICO REGION ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT... READ MORE >>

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  • The Dangers of Hot Bolting

    David Dunning is a Cornell University professor who is perhaps most famous for a paper he co-wrote about ignorance and over-confidence.

    The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to people who are novice or ignorant to things they do not know but believe they are expert

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