The Bureau reached out to federal agencies and national laboratories that have metallurgical or engineering expertise. The meeting today included a diverse set of agencies, including the Department of the Navy, Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
A team charter and synopsis of the available information pertaining to the problem will be prepared to inform all members of the extent of the issue and to set goals to develop short term solutions to the risk offshore.
“The nature of the dialogue today underscores the value of getting a group like this together to resolve this complex issue,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno.
Looking long term, the Bureau has also awarded a contract with the National Academy of Sciences to hold a root cause analysis workshop and follow-on study to address bolt failure issues and advance the understanding of subsea connector performance.
The objective is to determine the optimal material properties and coating requirements associated with fasteners used in critical safety components and equipment in offshore oil and natural gas subsea operations over the next 18 months. The Academy, through the National Academy of Engineering and the National Materials and Manufacturing Board, will develop and advance an understanding of the issues associated with bolt material failures and equipment reliability issues, and discuss possible paths for mitigating risks associated with bolts used in subsea oil and gas operations.
Bolt and Connector Failures
Leadership and staff of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement have been working to address a recurring problem that raises serious safety and environmental hazard concerns - faulty connector bolts in safety critical equipment currently deployed offshore. There have been a number of failures - beginning over a decade ago around 2003 - of bolts that are used to connect blowout preventers, risers, and other subsea equipment.
We have created this page so that government, industry, and other stakeholders can share the latest information related to these failures, including: root cause analyses of bolt/connector failures, safety alerts, industry standards and guidance, and other connector and bolt related information and guidance.
- 29 August Bolts Forum Presentations
- Bolts Response Letter to API August 25, 2016
- API Letter to BSEE Chief of Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs July 15, 2016
- Stork Stud Failure Report March 2010 This document was received by BSEE July 7, 2016
- BSEE SA 318 Industry Response Final Presented This was submitted to BSEE by API on March 31, 2015. BSEE staff are currently reviewing this documents
- API Response to Director Salerno March 14, 2016
- API Response to Director Salerno February 5, 2016
- Director's Letter to API January 22, 2016
- BSEE Director's Response Letter August 8, 2014
- Letter of Transmittal on Connector and Bolt Failures July 28, 2014
- Safety & Engineering Alerts
- Safety Alert: Connector and Bolt Failures February 2, 2016
- 5,000 psi Blind Shear Ram Bolting Torque Engineering Bulletin (posted with permission from GE) January 16, 2016
- BSEE Research
- API SC21 Task Group on Multi-Segment Bolting Task Group Recommendations Meeting Agenda July 27, 2016
- BSEE Bolts Technical Evaluation Approach June 2016
- BSEE QC-FIT Update - 150114 API Winter Standards Meeting June 2016
- Fact Sheet on BSEE's Subsea Bolts Performance and Critical Drill-Through Equipment Fastener Study March 2016
- 2016 Update on BSEE QC-FIT Evaluation of Connectors and Bolt Failures February 2016
- QC-FIT Evaluation of Connector and Bolt Failures August 2014
- Industry Standards & Research
- Recent News
- Bolts Team Telecon Read Out August 23, 2016
- BSEE announces Forum on Safety Equipment Failures August 1. 2016
- BSEE Director Reaches Out to Federal Agency Partners to Help Address Failures in Safety Equipment July 26, 2016
- Recent Blogs
- Director's Corner August 23, 2016
- Director's Corner 20 July 2016
- Continuing Concerns about Components in Safety Critical Equipment - Bolts February 1, 2016
- Offshore Regulatory Programs Team Gets Right Bolts for OCS