oil industry Accidents

Authored by: B. G. Lipták

Volume I Measurement and Safety

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498727648
eBook ISBN: 9781315370330
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In this chapter, I will describe the measurement and control strategies that are required to automatically protect against the repetition of such oil well accidents as the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in 2010. Here, I will concentrate on the safety automation in the oil industry. I will use the BP accident to show how proper automation could have saved some 11 lives and prevented the spilling of 4.9 million barrels of oil (210,000,000 US gallons; 780,000 m3) onto an area of 30,000 square miles on April 20, 2010.

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