Deepwater drilling permit approved, meets new safety standards

Deepwater drilling permit approved, meets new safety standards
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 2:22pm

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a fourth deepwater drilling permit that complies with new safety standards that have been made after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ExxonMobil well will be approximately 240 miles off the Louisiana coastline, south of Lafayette, La. It is the first permit that designates the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) containment system as its containment solution.

“Today’s permit approval is the fourth to be approved in the month since the industry confirmed its capability to contain a deepwater loss of well control and blowout. We will continue to review and approve applications that demonstrate the ability to operate safely in deep water,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. “As we have seen, the rate of deepwater permit applications is increasing, which reflects growing confidence in the industry that it understands and can comply with the applicable requirements, including the containment requirement. We expect additional permit approvals in the near future.”

The bureau reviewed ExxonMobil’s containment capability for the specific well and confirmed that the MWCC capping stack meets the requirements to the well’s characteristics.

For a list of well types, pending and approved permits, and information on new safety regulations, click here.

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