GE Oil & Gas, an equipment maker for the oil and gas industry, has launched a new blowout preventer system, 20ksi BOP, which is capable of operating at greater depths and under higher pressures.
The new 20ksi BOPs, which will be manufactured at GE’s drilling systems facilities in Houston, Texas, US, are critical pieces of subsea drilling equipment. Their 60ft-tall valves with several hundred thousand pounds weight are designed to isolate pressure in oil and gas wells during drilling.
The 20ksi is designed for the specific demands of containing high-pressure, high-temperature reservoirs and is upgraded with GE ram and annular BOPs.
GE’s SeaONYX BOP control system and SeaLytics BOP advisor software are also key features of the new 20ksi system.
While the BOP control system is designed to provide maximum system uptime and is based on mission-critical GE Power & Water systems, BOP advisor software is designed to provide real-time performance and maintenance data to significantly reduce unscheduled BOP maintenance requirements.
GE Oil & Gas president and CEO Andrew Way said: "GE’s new BOP system will enable operators to explore deepwater basins that are currently inaccessible with conventional 15ksi BOP systems.
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"Our new BOP system uses all of GE’s latest Predictivity communications software solutions to allow for real-time remote monitoring of equipment status and performance, thus offering new degrees of reliability and performance."