Bop Seals

Definition - What does Bop Seals mean?

BOP Seals are large specialized valves that are used to seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells so as to prevent uncontrolled release of oil or gas from the well. The seals are usually operated from remote locations via hydraulic actuators and are mainly used in fluid power equipment and hydraulic cylinders to seal the system pressure. Their design allows for superior control of the well pressure.

Petropedia explains Bop Seals

In any oil or gas well BOP seals are used so as to prevent the occurrence of uncontrolled release of the oil or gas from the well. BOP seals are usually operated remotely using hydraulic actuators and are important for the safety of the drilling crew, the rig and the wellbore itself. By closing these seals, the drilling crew usually regain control of the reservoir and the procedures can then be initiated to increase the mud density until it is possible to open the BOP seals and retain pressure control of the formation. BOP seals come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes to close the open wellbore, seal around the tubular components in the well or fit with hardened steel shearing surfaces that can actually cut through drill pipe.

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