Drilling resumes at Isobel Deep well offshore Falkland Islands

San Francisco: Drilling resumed at the Isobel Deep well offshore Falklands as problems with a blowout preventer (BOP) were fixed after a two-and-a-half week suspension for safety reasons.

Production had stopped on the Eirik Raude semisubmersible drilling rig back on April 24 when a problem was detected in a blowout preventer, a vital safety device.

But British operator Premier Oil, a partner in this project, said repairs to the BOP control system and re-testing of the BOP stack have been completed and the Eirik Raude is back in action there.

Isobel Deep is in the north Falklands Basin and is part of a five-to-six well exploration campaign in the Falklands by Premier and its partner companies.

British and American oil companies involved in these drillings have stirred ill-will in Argentina, which claims sovereignty over the Falklands.

A BOP is a valve-like device designed to prevent catastrophic blowouts caused by erratic pressures in offshore drilling. Failure of a BOP was the prime cause of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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