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Deepwater Horizon accident; Causes, teachings and actions for the Norwegian shelf

Deepwater Horizon accident; Causes, teachings and actions for the Norwegian shelf

Published 12 April 2016

The main purpose has been to contribute towards lessons learned and provide recommendations for the industry in order to reduce the likelihood of a similar accident to occur in the Norwegian petroleum activity.

Deepwater Horizon. Foto: GettyImages

On April 20, 2010, an uncontrolled blowout of oil and gas occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. The accident caused the loss of 11 lives and the resulting environmental oil spill has been estimated to almost 5 million barrels.

As a response to the Deepwater Horizon accident, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway assigned SINTEF to review and systematise information from Deepwater Horizon investigation reports and from other major accidents in the petroleum industry. The main purpose has been to contribute towards lessons learned and provide recommendations for the industry in order to reduce the likelihood of a similar accident to occur in the Norwegian petroleum activity.

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"New skills needed to avoid major disasters"

Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

03/01/2011 - 13/05/2011