Blowout Preventer Gains Safety Certification

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 07:09 PM gHale

The industry’s first blowout preventer (BOP) component received functional safety certification.

The NOV Texas Oil Tools Subsea Shear Seal Ram Actuator (SSR) gained functional safety certification, ensuring they meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.

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“NOV Texas Oil Tools has a very strong documentation process that records the project details including certification and validation results,” said Steve Close, exida evaluating assessor.

“exida is excited about bringing a new rigor to assessment of critical components in the upstream market,” said Gene Cammack, exida’s director of Gulf Coast Region. “Certification of NOV Texas Oil Tools’ Shear Ram and the assessment of the design process to the IEC 61508 standard raises the bar in safety critical components and gives their clients a clear indication of conformance.”

NOV Texas Oil Tools officials said they “found great benefit” in applying functional safety to subsea products.

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