New ‘failsafe’ BOP design introduced

BOP Technologies, a Houston-based oil and gas blowout preventer (BOP) and well intervention systems manufacturer, has announced a new design for BOPs.

The company described its new design as “failsafe” and said it would allow the BOP to work even if the drilling rig loses power or hydraulic pressure.

According to BOP Technologies, its concept design places a backup system in the body of the BOP Shear Ram mechanism itself. If power or hydraulic pressure is lost, there would still be a way to safely cut and close-off the well, protecting the crew and preventing oil from being released into the environment, said the company.

Last month, BOP Technologies publicly announced the release of CIRBOP, with a patented design for a new type of BOP for which the company said can deliver 5 million lbs. of shear force to the rams.

Khoa Pham, BOP Technologies CEO, said: “Industry has been working hard ever since the Deepwater Horizon incident to prevent that tragedy from occurring again. The problem is that there are limitations to the existing technology that the industry has not been able to solve. The inventor of our BOP shear rams, Jay Read, stepped outside the box and came up with a completely new approach.”

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