Glossary - A to B
ALC (Articulated Loading Column)
A device that allows vessels to be secured from a single point in order to load oil. The Maureen ALC is located about 2.4 kilometres from the platform.
Drilling carried out to determine the physical extent, reserves and likely production rate of a field.
Natural gas found in association with oil either dissolved in the oil or as a cap of free gas above the oil.
A non-self-propelled vessel used as a base for drilling equipment, to carry cranes, support facilities.
The unit of measurement used for petroleum and its products: 1 barrel - 42 U.S. gallons or 35 Imperial gallons
BLOWOUT PREVENTER (BOP)
A hydraulically operated drilling wellhead device designed to ensure that a blowout cannot occur.
Barrels per day
A substance obtained incidentally during the manufacture or production of some other substance.