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Unformatted text preview: quipment was not required to be explosion‐proof or intrinsically safe. Nor is there a requirement that the area be purged or pressurized. The classification of engine rooms number 3 and number 6 as non‐classified areas was a possible contributing cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The Deepwater Horizon had multiple inspections and surveys during the ten‐year period it was operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The Panel found no evidence that anyone identified the location of the engine air intakes as a potential safety issue. The failure to identify the risks associated with locating the air intake of engine room number 3 in close proximity (approximately 60 feet) to the drill floor was a possible contributing cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The gas sensors in the engine compartment rooms of the Deepwater Horizon did not automatically shut down the engines when there were high levels of gas present on the rig. The absence of emergency shut‐down devices that could be automatically trig...
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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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