The Interior Department is proposing new mandates to govern offshore oil drilling operations targeting high-pressure, high-temperature reservoirs below the seabed.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’sproposed rule is meant to keep pace with drilling operations that are advancing into more technically challenging Gulf of Mexico waters, with ultra-high temperatures and pressures that require specialized, hardened equipment
- Measure targets environments with greater than 15,000 pounds per square inch absolute or temperatures greater than 350 degrees Fahrenheit (194.44 degrees Celsius)
- Agency says proposal mostly would codify bureau’s existing practices for reviewing and approving “novel technology projects”
- Measure would impose new ...