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Unformatted text preview: nions from everyone on the team. The way we currently have it set up is the standard we have been using, but this one is slightly different because the plug is so deep and base oil doesn’t achieve the full negative load the wellbore will see. Don [Vidrine] and Bob [Kaluza] don’t seem to have strong opinions either way. 211 Guide responded by saying, “I would use the seawater displacement as the negative test, as you stated, shut down at the end and do a flow test.” Twenty minutes later, Morel replied, without elaboration or any evidence of deliberation, “[d]one.” 212 Neither Guide nor Morel informed the rig crew that these changes greatly increased the risks of a well control event. Transocean personnel were aware of the importance of conducting a successful negative test. Jimmy Harrell, Transocean offshore installation manager, testified that “[t]he first plan I seen [sic] didn’t have a negative test in it. So I told him [Vidrine] it was my policy to do a negative test before displacing with seawater.” 213 BP considered a number of different negative test procedures in the days...
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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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