This essay is all about the incident
that happened on the night of the 20th April 2010 when an oil
drilling rig called Deepwater horizon was in operations in the Macondo prospect
in the Gulf of Mexico and exploded due to poor management decisions which result in the death of 11 workers. It is also
known as one of the largest spill of oil in the history of oil drilling
operations in the United States because 4
million barrels of oil flowed from the affected
well over a period of 87 days (Environmental Protection Agency, 2017).
of Key Risk
The Macondo Prospect drilling contract was
several days behind schedule and time certainly is money in industrial
operations. Pressure to “get the job done” as soon as possible may have contributed
to the fatal accident. Several key human error factors were also involved: One test was
conducted on the main well pipe and the second was conducted on the smaller
According to movie Deepwater Horizon (2016), there were several risks that management
overlooked before performing the final disastrous test. Management sent team 1
home without doing cement bond log test and it was so important because it was
the only thing in between the safety of the employees and blowout. In that
situation compromising on cement log test
means compromising on whole drilling infrastructure. Even after getting unsatisfactory
results from the gauge of drill line and kill line
they performed the final test without analysing its impact on employee’s
security and safety.
Risk Breakdown Structure
Equipment may not be fit for
Available materials may be of insufficient
Safety may not be considered in design
Inaccurate estimates may cause
Making decisions without analysing its
Qualitative and Quantitative assessment of the Risk after the Incident.
If something would end up being
nothing more than a bother and easily manageable.
A difficult but manageable
If something blowout budget or
delay project subsitabtially.
Impact on company
tenders and contracts will be hard to get because of the Incident.
Management have to
overcome this situation as soon as possible to retain the reputation of the
payments for the injured workers will disturb fiancial condition of the
Instead of paying in cash directly, company can give them
stock market shares or bonds of the same company.
R3) Employees will
feel insecure for working with the company in future.
Need to introduce
new safety arrangement and have to provide awareness about handling emergeny
R4) There will be
huge employees turnover in the oil drilling industry.
Need to convence
current and future employees in terms of security and safety.
R5) Time cost
money so rehabilitaion time may effect progress of the company.
Management have to overcome on this for continous
R6) Threat for
Need to do some
arrangements for saving marine lives by contacting and coperating with marine
R7) It will
Affects Seafood and fishing industry.
R8) It will
affects tourist industry specially for beaches.
R9) it will cause
R10) It will
disturb the Routes of the Sea Transportation
Risk identification is one
of the most sensitive areas in the projects because it requires proper consideration
from each and every point of view.The main sources of the risk could be either
internal to the project or external to the project whereas internal factors of
the risk may arise from people, processes, procedures, organizational culture,
managerial decisions, quality of the equipment etc (Hilson, 2003).The primary purpose of the
risk management is to increase opportunities and decrease threats by keeping
the focus on objectives and goals of the project (Hillson, 1999).Since Project
management is a combination of teamwork so effective communication plays an important
role throughout the life cycle of the project but Enterprise Technology
Projects (2016) mentioned 4 common miscommunication
mistakes in projects and one of them is
that we often think that we have done enough communication within teams to
completely understand the nature of the projects and there is a true fact
regarding this is that no amount of communication is ever enough.When Team 2
arrived at the site, there was no proper communication in between the Team 1
and Team 2 about cement bond log test (Deepwater
Horizon, 2016). In Risk Management, before identifying
general or overall risks, it is more important to identify that what events
might be risky against which barrier at what stage. There is no doubt
that most probably same nature of the risks impacts on same objectives which
means that technical risk could influence technical objectives and in the long
run these objectives may disturb overall goals of the project (Jaafari, 2001;
Hillson, 2005). In Deepwater horizon, one of their technical safety officers told them that 10% machinery on board
is not working properly and may cause hazard during the drilling process but
that won’t help in convincing the management to stop from performing the last test. In some cases, performing risk
analysis or mitigation of risk requires more expenses that result in exceeding the current budget up to
20%, but the main thing is that whether the reduction
in the risk worth the additional expenditure? (Morris et al., 1991). That was the main reason behind not doing
cement log test in Deepwater Horizon, management
was already late for 43 days and they were ahead of almost $50 million more
expenditure because they were confident enough about cement log for more
drilling without testing the capability of its current state. If you want your
decision making to be efficient then there is a need to quantify security and
safety risks to enable risk-based assessments of the effectiveness of
protective measures (Stewart et al.2006; Little 2007). Management at Deepwater
Horizon didn’t expect that sort of disastrous blowout, but again not enough
amount of prearrangements was done to protect the workers from the fire. Deepwater Horizon incident took lives of
11 workers just because of management’s immature behaviour and decision-making process. In a nutshell, the business world is all about profit and loss and
if investor lost their money from one project then maybe they find different
opportunities in other projects to get a return
on their investment but the most valuable assets in any organizations is the lives of the employees because we can’t
get it back in case of loss.
(Financial aspects aftermaths )