STUART, Florida – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has awarded CSA Ocean Sciences a contract for conducting measurements and modeling of the underwater pressure waves produced during explosive well decommissioning in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE’s) Idle Iron policy keeps inactive facilities and structures from littering the Gulf of Mexico by requiring companies to dismantle and responsibly dispose of infrastructure after non-producing wells are plugged. According to BSEE’s June 2013 data, there are 356 platforms that fit the criteria for Idle Iron removal.
Through an underwater modeling approach, CSA will calculate shockwave, acoustic impulse, and energy flux for underwater detonations. CSA, with its project partners, Marine Acoustics Inc. and Explosive Services International, will collect additional acoustic data under various settings during explosive severance operations. With more accurate measurements, operators should be able to increase the efficiency of their operations while providing protection to marine mammals and sea turtles.