April 30, 2010– Interested in knowing the sequence of events that took place during one of the largest offshore oil & gas industry accidents that took place? I’m referring to the Deepwater Horizon accident, where the rig, owned by Trnasocean and leased out to BP, suffered an explosion(probably a blowout) and then a massive fire that had flames leap some 400 feet high. The smoke that billowed out could be seen in satellite images (yes, it was that bad). After a few hours the Deepwater Horizon’s metal simply weakened and it toppled over, sinking into the Gulf of Mexico.
The rig, which was a high tech piece of equipment ever made is thought to have cost about $350 million to make and about a million dollars a day to operate. The enormous loss (and the even bigger consequential damages that are occuring even today) highlight how much more efforts companies have to now invest in good engineering, safety practices and environmental risk assessments. Here are some photographs, taken from close quarters
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