Aker solutions received this year’s Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award at the Offshore Technology Conference in Huston, Texas.
The company received the award for its Riser Safety System. The award is a way of recognizing devices, systems or products that reflect innovation or practical use of mechanical engineering in solving problems, improving design or maximizing performance. Aker solutions were given the award by the ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute.
The award was given to Aker Solutions’ subsidiary Managed Pressure Operations (MPO) thanks to its innovative design assisting in the control of wellbore fluids while undertaking oil and gas drilling offshore. The system will detect an influx of gas into a drilling riser and divert the gas to prevent a blowout. To do this, an annular blowout preventer is integrated with the drilling riser. On detection of an influx of gas into the riser, the BOP can be shut in 5 seconds, and the wellbore fluids and expanding gasses diverted to a mud and gas separator. The drilling fluid can be returned to the rig systems, and the gas safely vented, with no environmental impact or risk to the vessel. Aker Solutions delivers the complete subsea system and surface equipment.
Charles Orbell, head of MPO, stated “The award is a major achievement for our company and all oru dedicated employees.”