In the days following the 20 April 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP Macondo Well) oil disaster, while the world was looking on and counting the cost of the human and environmental tragedy, the initial response of the US government was to call a moratorium on all outer continental shelf drilling.

While the oil was still flowing from the Macondo well, one of Kinetic’s co-founders, Steven Angstmann, was dispatched to Houston to lead efforts from his former employer to work with major oil company clients to ensure their Blowout Preventers (BOPs) met the new requirements set out by the Government and Authorities. The review was extensive and covered design, maintenance and performance of BOPs. It was during this time that Mr. Angstmann formed the opinion that current technology was inadequate and that something better was required. His main concern was shearing performance and the inability of available technology to perform under all circumstances. There had to be a better way.

The moratorium was lifted in October 2010 and slowly the rigs went back to work, and although there was increased scrutiny (3rd party inspection etc.), there was no fundamental change in design of BOPs. Mr. Angstmann wrestled with the problem over the next few years and like the rest of the industry struggled to come up with any better solution. It was not until he met Bobby Gallagher and was explaining the short comings of available technology that Mr. Gallagher had the idea that formed the basis of what is today the Kinetic Blowout Stopper (K-BOS).

Mr. Gallagher’s military background allowed him to tackle the problem from a different perspective. The technology in the KBOS uses the same proven technologies used across a number of Defence, Space, Aviation, Automotive Industries. The K-BOS use of a chemical propellant for energy is very different from the typical hydraulic systems found in BOPs. Kinetic view our propellant based system as a powerful and reliable means to power a blow-out stopper.

To imagine the difference in shearing capacities between a hydraulic BOP and the K-BOS, first consider a simple pair of scissors. Scissors rely on mechanical input (similar to current BOP hydraulic power). Now imagine a guillotine. The guillotine utilizes gravity (similar to K-BOS propellant) to impart kinetic energy on a blade. Once the blade reaches impact velocity its shearing power has been greatly magnified as compared to a pair of scissors.

Kinetic has now established offices in Houston and Australia, developing not only it’s Kinetic Blowout Stopper technology but a number of technologies designed to protect the Oil and Gas industries social license to drill. As Kinetic is developing these technologies, the US government, through various task groups and agencies, proposed changes to the Code of Federal Regulations that concurred with Mr. Angstmann’s thoughts many years earlier; current technology was not good enough. These proposed rules speak volumes for the need of for technology with the capabilities that Kinetic now offer.

The industry is truly ready for Kinetic.