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Risk-Based Evaluation of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Using a Multiple Physical Barrier Approach

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Daniel M Fraser, Joseph C. Braun, Bruce P. Hamilton
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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
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BSEE sought ANL to act as the US DOE contractor for this effort to assist in developing a multiple physical barrier (MPB) model of analysis. The model is meant to be applicable to production scenarios (including production safety systems); drilling scenarios (including multiple rig types such as, jack-ups, drill ships, slide on packages for stationary platforms); and, operational/environmental scenarios of significant interest (such as, but not limited to, deep water development, high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) production reservoirs, H2S production conditions, wells in “workover” status, well completion efforts, and facility decommissioning efforts).

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Final Report "Risk-Based Evaluation of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Using a Multiple Physical Barrier Approach" updated version submitted 12/20/2017 and accepted 1/9/2018.

Updated (July 2018) final report incorporating the Success Path model and retitled.

Joint Industry Project (JIP) Final Report "Decision Support for Dynamic Barrier Management: Joint Industry Project for a Plug and Abandonment Barrier Case Study" completed 2/21/2017, submitted for 508 Compliance updating 04/05/2018.

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