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GE unveils Pioneering “20 ksi” Deepwater Drilling Systems


Published May 9, 2014
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GE Oil & Gas unveiled its next-generation blowout preventer (BOP) program that will make 20,000 pounds per square inch (20 ksi) subsea formations the next frontier in offshore oil and gas exploration.

BOPs are critical pieces of subsea drilling equipment—in effect, 60-foot tall valves weighing several hundred thousand pounds—that are designed to isolate pressure in oil and gas wells during drilling. Current GE subsea BOPs are only rated for 15 ksi, thus creating an industry demand for a new generation of BOPs that have the ability to access more challenging reservoirs.

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