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September/October

Be a safety hero: Join the IADC HSE Case rewrite

Even in these uncertain times, safety is the bottom line, and the folks who help us save lives at work, play and home are my safety heroes. Industry deserves kudos for advancing personal safety, and for the changes in safety culture that have saved life and limb. Check the latest stats from the IADC ISP program. 2015 struck a milestone as the first year with zero US onshore fatalities since the voluntary reporting program kicked off in 1962 (p 66).

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Perspectives: Mark Campbell-Howes, Maersk Drilling: Drilling industry needs dedicated voice on process safety; guidelines forthcoming to drive implementation

When Mark Campbell-Howes, Director, Head of HSSE Development at Maersk Drilling, left his hometown of Inverness, Scotland, and moved to Aberdeen in 2006, it was one of the biggest risks he had ever taken. After graduating in 2003 from England’s Newcastle University with a degree in chemical and process engineering, he had begun a steady job with a camping equipment distributor.

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HSE&T Corner: Hard hat uses transparent visor to increase workers’ peripheral vision

With the multitude of safety-related challenges that workers face in the upstream oil and gas industry, any improvement in a worker’s ability to be aware of their surroundings can make a difference when it comes to keeping themselves and others out of harm’s way. To address this, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Bullard are introducing a hard hat designed to increase workers’ upper peripheral vision.

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Troubled Brazil works to open pre-salt, ease regulatory restrictions

As of July, Petrobras had 39 floating rigs on contract in Brazil. That compares with 60 at the beginning of 2015 and 42 at the end of that year, according to Rudimar Lorenzatto, E&P Executive Manager for the Brazilian national oil company. Despite this fall in activity, Petrobras remains heavily focused on the pre-salt. Of the 60 wells planned for 2016 and another 60 planned for 2017, 60% are expected to be in the pre-salt areas. “Pre-salt is the main focus in the future for Petrobras’ business plans,” Mr Lorenzatto said.

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Enhanced well control course integrates technical training with simulator exercises, human factors

IADC is developing a new accreditation program for enhanced well control training that emphasizes human factors and enhanced simulation-based exercises. Between January and July of this year, Rowan Companies and Maersk Training piloted a course that could serve as a basis for this program.

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People, Companies & Products

Forum Energy Technologies has unveiled a deepwater test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration laboratory at its new European Operational Center in Aberdeen. The indoor test tank is one of the largest in the Northeast of Scotland and is dedicated to testing subsea tooling and survey sensors, as well as work-class remotely operated vehicles.

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Proppant demand: Operators save through locally sourced sands

North American operators are turning to locally sourced sands as a way to reduce proppant freight costs. “Companies are buying the cheaper sand either because they believe that there’s not enough impact on production to warrant additional costs of white sand, or because they simply have to lower up-front costs, sometimes even at the expense of sacrificing long-term production to complete wells,” Samir Nangia, Director of Consulting within the IHS Energy Insight group, said.

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IADC partners with Wounded Warrior Project to employ injured veterans for WellSharp proctoring

Through WellSharp, IADC is not only improving well control training for the global drilling industry but also improving the lives of injured veterans in the United States. The association, along with Lloyd’s Register, has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to develop a first-of-its-kind program to provide meaningful employment opportunities for injured service men and women. Through this program, IADC is now the biggest employer within the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work Program.

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11 principles to guide HMI design for critical drilling equipment

A Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is the interface an operator uses to interact with and control industrial automation equipment. The HMI is a critical component of any drilling control system. At a minimum, a poorly designed interface impedes the operator from performing his or her job well. At the worst, a poorly designed HMI contributes to human error and accidents that can be catastrophic.

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Shale, tight gas production from Argentina’s Neuquén Basin on the rise, while Venezuela suffers dramatic production declines

While much of the E&P attention in Latin America is focused on Brazil’s pre-salt, Argentina and Venezuela both remain key E&P players on the continent, as well. In Argentina’s Neuquén Basin, tight gas production has already doubled since 2014, and production from the Vaca Muerta shale formation is expected to double between 2015 and 2018, according to Wood Mackenzie.

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