North Sea oil drilling rig mishap late last year

  TopCat® 19:25 07 Dec 10

A North Sea rig had a blow-out four months earlier than BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately this was stopped when the blow-out preventer was successfully activated which sealed off the well.

Quite a near thing by all acounts after a series of errors and misunderstandings ensued. TC. click here

  morddwyd 21:31 07 Dec 10

This sort of thing is not unusual (85 in the last year), that's what the Blow Out Preventer is for.

In the Gulf of Mexico it is alleged to have failed, because of poor maintenance.

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