The BP marine engineering team has been asked to investigate a report that BP is failing to properly design the engines it is using to run its Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
A document obtained by CBC News from the company’s Gulf of Mexico unit shows BP is under pressure to improve the design of its engine technology and says it is failing at the same time.
A BP spokeswoman told CBC News the company has been in communication with the U.S. Coast Guard.
In a statement issued Friday, the company said the team’s report was made after it received a complaint from an employee about the design problems at BP’s North Slope, Texas, facility.
“BP’s design and development team, as well as the Coast Guard, have been working closely with the company to ensure this issue is resolved,” the statement said.
“This is an important issue that requires attention from BP and we will continue to provide support to the company as it works through this important matter.”
The BP statement said the design team’s findings are being presented to BP’s board of directors.
“The company is committed to implementing a rigorous safety program that includes the design and design review of its offshore systems,” the company wrote.
The Deepwater Hurricane, BP’s most dangerous rig, was destroyed in April 2010.
It was built by Halliburton.
The company is one of the largest offshore oil and gas companies in the world.
The oil rig is the largest in the Gulf of the Mississippi and sits in the gulf between Louisiana and Alabama.
The Gulf is home to one of America’s busiest shipping lanes.
The U.N. says more than 12 million barrels of oil and 890,000 barrels of natural gas were spilled during the spill.
The spill prompted a $13.9 billion U.K. bailout for the oil and natural gas industry, with BP agreeing to pay billions more to compensate the victims and the U,S.
The investigation is being led by a former senior BP engineer, who has been on leave from the marine engineering company since February.
The engineer said he was told BP’s design team was working on the engine for several years, but that it was under pressure from the Coast Guardship.
He said the engineers were working with an “engine manufacturer” that BP bought for $7 million and was “working under the assumption that it would be a high quality engine that would be able to operate safely.”