Houston: DNV has been contracted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of the departments of the Interior and Homeland Security for the forensic examination of the blowout preventer (BOP) and lower marine riser package that was fitted to the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill.

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The BOP, a 50 foot - 300 ton assembly has been raised and taken to NASA’s secure facility in Michoud, Lousiana where it is in the custody of the JIT. Chain of custody and evidence preservation protocols to ensure the proper handling of all evidentiary material have been in effect since the BOP was first retrieved in August.

The final forensic testing protocol will be developed by DNV, in consultation with various commercial, academic, and governmental organizations, and will be approved by the JIT prior to the start of testing.

DNV is utilizing its forensic investigation expertise from the Columbus, Ohio office and its subsea equipment (BOP) expertise from the Houston, Texas office in the project.

Contact related to the investigation project
BOEMRE US Department of the Interior,
Gulf of Mexico OCS Region,
Public Affairs,
Eileen Angelico
at extension +1 504 736 2595

Contacts related to DNV
Aage A. Enghaug
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +47 91843061
E-mail: Aage.Enghaug@dnv.com

Blaine E Collins
Director of External Affairs Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa
Phone +1 845 270 4831
E-mail: Blaine.Collins@dnv.com

DNV in the US
DNV opened its first office in USA in New York in 1898. Today DNV has more than 700 employees in USA with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Boston, Miami, Norfolk, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and La Porte.

DNV’s main activities in USA are within the energy sector, both within oil & gas exploration, development and production as well as within wind energy. DNV is engaged in verification, classification and asset risk management offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and within risk management of onshore pipelines and refining. DNV has a Deepwater Technology Center in Houston and a leading Corrosion and Materials Technology Center in Columbus Ohio focusing on management of degradable structures. The Technology Center in Ohio was a leader in the development of pipeline corrosion assessment standards referenced by US Federal Regulations. DNV is the largest independent consultancy within wind energy in USA.
DNV helps the maritime industry to manage risk in all phases of a ship’s life through ship classification, statutory certification, fuel testing and a range of technical, business risk and competency-related services. DNV is among the top two classification societies for mobile offshore units. DNV is present in all maritime clusters in U.S. and our Global Cruise Center located in Miami supports our leading position in this sector.

DNV in Columbus
DNV in Columbus is a technology and research organization specializing in the evaluation of materials properties, materials selection, corrosion, corrosion control, asset integrity, and asset life extension. The total staff of almost 120 employees includes 19 Ph.D. researchers in metallurgical, materials science, and chemical engineering as well as over 50 B.S. and M.S. level engineers in a broad range of disciplines including the above disciplines plus electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering, and theoretical and applied mechanics. DNV Columbus has Licensed Professional Engineers, NACE Corrosion Specialists and highly trained technicians. This staff makeup is unique because of the interaction of scientists and researchers with field engineers. This allows DNV Columbus to provide our clients with the highest quality engineering solutions to materials-related problems, in addition to tempering our research with practical field experience.

This diverse nature of the staff allows DNV Columbus to address a broad range of materials-related problems. These include, but not limited to, mechanical defects, structual analyses, general and localized corrosion, internal and external corrosion, coating degradation, stress-corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, thermal fatigue, high temperature creep, hydrogen embrittlement and metallurgical defects. DNV Columbus provides a variety of services to the industry including research, testing, engineering analysis (including cathodic protection and other corrosion control systems), failure investigation, forensic services, project management, consulting, field monitoring, materials selection, materials and corrosion evaluations, equipment life extension, condition assessment, integrity and risk management services, SHE management services, and litigation support services.

Date: 06 October 2010


About DNV

With the corporate objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV helps business and society to manage risks on basis of DNV´s independence and integrity. DNV serves a range of industries with special focus on the energy and maritime sectors.

Established in 1864, DNV has a global presence with a network of 300 offices in 100 countries, and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway. As a knowledge-based company, DNV’s prime assets are the creativity, knowledge and expertise of our 9,000 employees.

DNV is a global provider of services for managing risk, helping customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance. As companies today are operating in an increasingly complex and demanding risk environment, DNV’s core competence is to identify, assess and advise on how to effectively manage risk, and to identify improvement opportunities. Our technology expertise and deep industry knowledge, combined with our risk management approach, have been used to manage the risks in high-profile projects around the world