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kent 09-02-2010 12:29 PM

Gulf Rig explosion... here we go again!!!

hopefully it's not as bad and not as deep!!! Bad news for all...

RickI 09-02-2010 01:35 PM

Thanks for posting this Kent. It is supposed to be a production platform, meaning it manages crude transported to it through submerged pipelines from other rigs. It is not a drilling rig itself from what information is available currently. The location is described as:

"This was an oil and gas production platform in approximately 340 feet of water, 102 miles offshore Louisiana (80 nautical miles)," she said. "This platform was authorized to produce oil and gas at this water depth. The current suspension involves drilling rigs in water depths greater than 500 feet," she said.
An early photo reported to be of the Mariner platform fire

Here is a diagram of one production platform to identify the general configuration:

There are numerous pipelines conveying crude from remote drilling platforms to the production unit. There appear to be subsurface valves and a surface hydraulic shut off unit in this case. There is nothing to say the platform burning is configured in this way however. Whether there are automatic shutoffs, whether they worked has yet to be discussed in the accounts I've been able to find.

"Oil sheen reported near burning platform: Coast Guard

HOUSTON | Thu Sep 2, 2010 1:24pm EDT
(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said a 1-nautical-mile-by-100-foot (1.85-km-by-30.5-meter) oil sheen had been reported at the site of a Mariner Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico that was on fire Thursday after a morning explosion.

The fire on board the platform located 90 miles south of the Louisiana coast was contained as of 12 noon CDT (1700 GMT) but had not been put out, the Coast Guard said."

There was a catastrophic production platform fire in the North Sea that killed 167 workers in 1988. More about that at: It took three weeks to put that fire out complicated by 80 mph winds and 70 ft. seas at one point.
Piper Alpha fire in 1988


Originally Posted by kent (Post 46322)

hopefully it's not as bad and not as deep!!! Bad news for all...

RickI 09-02-2010 09:46 PM

Here's an update and apparently a retraction regarding the oil spilled:

"NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – An oil and gas platform operated by Mariner Energy burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, but the crew of 13 escaped and there were no signs of an oil spill, the Coast Guard said.
"The boats and the aircraft on scene cannot see a sheen," U.S. Coast Guard Captain Peter Troedsson told a news conference in New Orleans.
Initially, Mariner reported there was a mile-long oily sheen on the water around the platform, according to the government.
The fire burned for several hours before it was extinguished. A company spokesman said it started on an upper deck of the platform where living quarters were located, and had not been caused by a "blowout," or sudden release of oil and gas from a well.
The crew, plucked from the Gulf by an oil supply vessel, was transported to a hospital onshore and no injuries have been reported, the Houston-based company said.
Automated shutoff equipment turned off the flow of oil and gas from the platform's seven producing wells as the crew evacuated, Mariner said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation, the company said."

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