30 CFR 250.449 - What additional BOP testing requirements must I meet?

Code of Federal Regulations - Title 30: Mineral Resources (2010)

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Title 30: Mineral Resources

CHAPTER II: MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

SUBCHAPTER B: OFFSHORE

PART 250: OIL AND GAS AND SULPHUR OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF

Subpart D: Oil and Gas Drilling Operations

: Blowout Preventer (bop) System Requirements

250.449 - What additional BOP testing requirements must I meet

You must meet the following additional BOP testing requirements:

(a) Use water to test a surface BOP system;

(b) Stump test a subsea BOP system before installation. You must use water to conduct this test. You may use drilling fluids to conduct subsequent tests of a subsea BOP system;

(c) Alternate tests between control stations and pods;

(d) Pressure test the blind or blind-shear ram BOP during stump tests and at all casing points;

(e) The interval between any blind or blind-shear ram BOP pressure tests may not exceed 30 days;

(f) Pressure test variable bore-pipe ram BOPs against the largest and smallest sizes of pipe in use, excluding drill collars and bottom-hole tools;

(g) Pressure test affected BOP components following the disconnection or repair of any well-pressure containment seal in the wellhead or BOP stack assembly;

(h) Function test annular and ram BOPs every 7 days between pressure tests; and

(i) Actuate safety valves assembled with proper casing connections before running casing.

[68 FR 8423, Feb. 20, 2003]


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