Transoceanhadconfiguredthedeepwaterhorizons

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Unformatted text preview: cting kicks. The Deepwater Horizon crew had experienced a kick on March 8, 2010 that went undetected for approximately 30 minutes. BP did not conduct an investigation into the reasons for the delayed detection of the kick. Transocean personnel admitted to BP that individuals associated with the March 8 kick had “screwed up by not catching” the kick. Ten of the 11 3 individuals on duty on March 8, who had well control responsibilities, were also on duty on April 20. Simultaneous rig operations hampered the rig crew’s well monitoring abilities. The rig crew’s decision to conduct simultaneous operations during the critical negative tests ‐ including displacement of fluids to two active mud pits and cleaning the pits in preparation to move the rig ‐ complicated well‐monitoring efforts. The rig crew bypassed a critical flow meter. At approximately 9:10 p.m., the rig crew directed fluid displaced from the well overboard, which bypassed the Sperry Sun flow meter, which is a critical kick detection tool that measures outflow from the well. The Deepwater Horizon was equipped with other flow meters, but the Panel found no...
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