OTC 2013: Aker wins ASME award for riser safety technique

Aker Solutions subsidiary Managed Pressure Operations has been commended for its Riser Safety System (RSS).

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Aker Solutions subsidiary Managed Pressure Operations has been commended for its Riser Safety System (RSS).

This won the Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award at OTC, issued by the ASME International Petroleum Technology Institut

The RSS is designed to assist control of wellbore fluids while drilling offshore. The system can detect an influx of gas into a drilling riser and divert the gas to prevent a blowout.

This is achieved through integration of an annular BOP with the drilling riser. On detection of an influx, the BOP can be shut in five seconds and the wellbore fluids and expanding gasses diverted to a mud and gas separator.

The drilling fluid can be returned to the rig systems and the gas safely vented, with no environmental impact or risk to the vessel.

5/08/2013

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