Strategies for Improving Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations – New Report March 9

Bolts and other fasteners are an integral part of undersea equipment in offshore oil rigs, including critical pieces of safety equipment such as blow-out preventers. Even though bolt failures are rare and have not led to a major release of oil into the environment, eliminating or further reducing the possibility of a failure has become a priority for both industry and government. 

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies strategies for improving the reliability of fasteners used in offshore oil and gas operations. It looks specifically at areas such as materials and coatings selected for fasteners, the role that human-systems interaction play in the life cycle of the bolts, and the processes of manufacturing and maintaining fastener systems.

Advance copies of High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 8. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 9. Reporters who wish to obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail