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The 2016 SafeOCS Annual Report, produced by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, presents, for the first time, insights into blowout prevention equipment (BOP) component failures reported for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The report is an analytical product of the data and information collected from the BOP equipment component failure notifications mandated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) Well Control Rule (WCR), which covers drilling and non-drilling well operations in three regions of the OCS: Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and Alaska.

In the report, data are organized and analyzed to illustrate patterns of BOP equipment component failures, operational impacts, failure causes, and possible data improvement opportunities. Special emphasis is placed on where component failures occurred (such as on surface or subsea BOP stacks), when component failure occurred (such as in-operation or out-of-operation), and which systems were affected (such as barriers and support systems).

Due to the reported data, the 2016 SafeOCS Annual Report covers only the reports for marine drilling rigs (platform, bottom-supported, and floating) in the Gulf of Mexico region from July 28, 2016 to December 31, 2016. The data presented in the report has been de-identified and aggregated to protect confidentiality.

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Drilling and Non-Drilling Activity in the Gulf of Mexico

The Well Control Rule (WCR) covers drilling and non-drilling operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which includes three Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Regions: the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and Alaska. In 2016, SafeOCS received equipment component failure notifications from one region: the Gulf of Mexico. This map illustrates the drilling and non-drilling activity locations for July 28th through December 31st, 2016. These locations are potential areas where failures could have occurred. Exact locations of reported equipment component failures are not disclosed in order to protect confidentiality.

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Send email icon  SafeOCS@dot.gov Phone icon  1-844-OCS-FRST (1-844-627-3778) Location icon  SafeOCS, BTS-USDOT, P.O. Box 23295, Washington, DC 20026-3295