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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Alternatives for Inspection of Outer Continental ShelfOperations

Aggressive, potent safeguard inspection courses are key components to making sure that oil- and gas-producing platform operations at the outer continental shelf are carried out in a secure and environmentally sound demeanour. even supposing the oil and fuel leaseholders themselves are basically liable for the steadiness in their operations, the Minerals administration carrier (MMS) of the dept of the inner is charged with prescribing safety and analyzing structures. in accordance with an MMS request, this publication examines attainable revisions of MMS's inspection method, appraises inspection practices elsewhere--both in govt and industry--assesses the benefits and downsides of different strategies, and recommends most likely extra effective practices aimed toward expanding industry's information of its responsibility for safety.

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4—over 3 years) compared to those 2472 145 1987 Average of low and high for year SOURCE: MMS, unpublished statistics. a 3143 115 1986 5204 250 1985 Inspections No. active facilitiesa Year Drilling 17 27 21 Average MMS inspections per facility TABLE 2-9 Drilling and Production Inspections and INCs 341 570 879 INCs 3540 3435 3373 No. 7 Average MMS inspections per platform 3224 3117 4017 INS About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files.

This section briefly describes those technical bases. Evolution of the Safety Practices for Drilling Operations Requirements regarding procedures to be used to determine casing depths and mud weights, as well as procedures for kick detection and requirements for control devices, are imposed by MMS regulations carried over from the USGS. These requirements are based on the findings of informal reviews by various American Petroleum Institute (API) and industry committees, of previous blowouts and industry experience gained over several decades of operations offshore, and a longer history of land operations.

Vapors from drain lines 1 1 1 12. Jackup rig failure 1 1 0 13. Unknown 2 2 2 Total 54 63 31 a Nonfatal injuries associated with fatality events. 9 Causes as reported in the MMS events file. About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

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