API urges offshore drillers to use automatic shutoff valves

Offshore oil and gas drillers need to take greater caution to protect against spills during disruptions like hurricanes and power outages, the American Petroleum Institute recommended in new standard released Thursday.

Under the new standard, companies are advised to use wellhead valves that automatically shut off in the event of a loss of power or other emergency situation.

“The safety of our operations is of paramount importance to our industry. Ensuring the immediate closure of valves connecting underwater production systems to surface facilities will help keep workers safe and adds an additional layer of environmental protection where they operate,” Debra Phillips, vice president of API Global Industry Services, said in a statement…


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