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Unformatted text preview: e with considerable force – this is commonly referred to as a “kick.” To handle kicks and to maintain well control, drilling crews use various mechanisms, including, under extreme circumstances, activation of the BOP stack and diverters. If a kick overwhelms the control mechanisms, a blowout – the uncontrolled flow of hydrocarbons through the wellbore – can occur. C. Companies Involved in the Macondo Well BP and Transocean were the primary companies involved in drilling the Macondo well. BP was the majority owner and designated operator of the lease. BP identified the prospect and designed and planned the well. Transocean was the drilling contractor engaged by BP to drill the Macondo well and provide the Deepwater Horizon, a dynamically‐positioned, mobile offshore drilling unit (“DP MODU”), as well as the drilling personnel. BP is a global oil and gas company headquartered in London, England. BP operates in more than 80 countries and is involved in oil and gas exploration, production, and re...
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course BEPP 305 taught by Professor Nini during the Fall '11 term at UPenn.

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