Clarifying Regulations for Independent 3rd Party Inspection of BOP and Diverter in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico
In response to the 2010 Macondo incident, the US Federal regulations governing drilling for oil and gas on the US outer continental shelf underwent several significant additions and revisions. These new and revised regulations are contained within Title 30 (Mineral Resources) Part 250 (Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf) of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), or 30 CFR 250 for short. Ever since these changes were introduced, owners and operators in the GOM have been attempting to understand how the revisions impact them and their operations.
One significant area of concern has been the impact of the new regulations on the blow out preventer (BOP) and diverter systems. The new regulations require owners and operators in the Gulf to meet new requirements for BOP and Diverter system design, capability, maintenance, independent third party verifications and inspections. In particular, several sections of 30 CFR 250 address the new rules for independent third party verification of the BOP and diverter systems capability in order to obtain a permit to drill, modify or decommission a well.
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