DNV probe Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer

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Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has been contracted by the Joint Investigation Team of the departments of the Interior and Homeland Security to undertake forensic examination of the blowout preventer that was fitted to the Macondo well at the focus of the Gulf of Mexico‘s Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The Joint Investigation Team is currently holding the 50 ft, 300 ton blowout preventer at NASA’s secure facility in Michoud, Louisiana.

Protocol for final forensic testing will be developed by DNV and will be created with input from approved academic, commercial and government organisations. Staff from DNV’s Columbus (Ohio) and Houston (Texas) offices will be involved in the project.