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Threat response drills developed to focus equally on preventive risk assessments, reactive mitigations

In new approach to managing process safety risks related to well control, BHGE zeroes in on crew capability to recognize, respond to specific threat scenarios By Matthew Novia and Terrance Sookdeo, Baker Hughes, a GE Company Blowouts are the most catastrophic operational risk facing the upstream oil and gas industry, with potentially disastrous consequences to personnel, equipment and the environment. A single incident also can have severe long-term legal and financial ramifications. According to the SINTEF Offshore Blowout Database, 56% of all blowouts in the US Gulf of Mexico and North Sea between 1980 and 2014 occurred while drilling exploration or development wells. The remainder of the events – more than four of every 10 – happened during completion, workover, wireline, ...

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2019 IADC Chairman: Industry must keep its culture modern, evolving

Precision Drilling’s Kevin Neveu sets sights on engaging with next generation, supporting IADC’s technical committees, enhancing advocacy By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher When you’re third-generation oilfield and your father starts taking you on rig visits at age 5, you might say that an oilfield career is hardwired into you. It’s perhaps incomprehensible in today’s industry, but around rigs is where Kevin Neveu grew up. “I loved those trips to the rig with my dad. I loved seeing the machinery and crews in action,” Mr Neveu recalls. “I would come home from a rig visit and build model drilling rigs with a Meccano set – a model construction system consisting of reusable metal parts.” By age 14, he had started working summers at his ...

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To drive performance, companies must destigmatize failure, allow employees to push the envelope

Operators and drilling contractors alike also must fully embrace data analytics, harness its power to supplement human insights and capabilities By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Greg Leveille is Chief Tech-nology Officer for ConocoPhillips. You’ve said that oil and gas companies need to shift into higher gear when it comes to innovation. What is ConocoPhillips’ approach to promoting innovation? We’re pursuing a broad-based approach that includes engaging leadership at multiple levels and training them to foster innovation. We’re trying to destigmatize failure when failure is in service to finding better solutions. We’re accelerating adoption of new technologies by breaking down barriers, and we’re training our entire workforce of around 11,000 people on how to use data analytics to improve productivity. How do you destigmatize ...

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Legacy mindsets, employee risk tolerance must evolve as industry adopts new technologies, processes

Drilling contractors also need better distribution of the value they’re delivering as they continue to drill faster, cheaper and better-quality wells By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Mike Lennox is Vice President of US Land Operations for Helmerich & Payne. What do you see as the biggest challenges that US land drillers face right now? Employee competency and risk tolerance is the number one challenge. What I mean by risk tolerance is there’s still a legacy, nostalgic image of the oilfield about older technology. I think that people need to change their mindsets and be more open to change and new technologies. Strong leadership from both drilling contractors and operators will help make this transition easier. Safety culture is another big challenge. We need to ...

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To bring deepwater back, industry must align around standardization, simplification and collaboration

Every part of the industry has a role to play in embracing Lean principles and disruptive technologies to drive better performance, increase competitiveness By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Richard Lynch is Senior VP Technology and Services at Hess Corp. In the presentation you gave at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in November, you stressed the need for the industry to invest more in deepwater. How can the industry make deepwater competitive with the onshore unconventionals in this environment? While the downturn has placed a premium on short-cycle unconventionals, I do believe that investing in deepwater will be critical to the future success of our industry. I also believe that deepwater can compete, and even demonstrate higher returns, if we ...

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Contracts that govern single-point accountability via a rig contractor likely to become the new norm

Increasing recognition that ‘data is the new oil’ also calls for changes in the way drilling operations are managed and decisions are made across the value chain By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Hisham Basar is Head, Wells, Centre of Excellence, PETRONAS. In terms of drilling and completions, what are your major focus areas as you work to improve performance and efficiency for PETRONAS? As a brief introduction, PETRONAS is an established global oil and gas company with proven value-driven successes across a fully integrated oil and gas value chain, and we uphold the highest standards of safety. When I first joined PETRONAS, I envisioned bringing the company toward a world-class well delivery status globally. To achieve this vision, good teamwork is ...

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People, Companies & Products

AFGlobal inks deals with MHWirth, Expert Riser Solutions AFGlobal and MHWirth have entered a distribution agreement, providing the managed pressure drilling (MPD) market with a comprehensive package for deepwater rig systems. The agreement enables MHWirth to offer AFGlobal MPD equipment for sale within its rig equipment business. In separate news, AFGlobal has signed a frame agreement with ExPert Riser Solutions that brings together the companies’ marine drilling riser inspection and drilling riser repair services. The agreement will combine the companies’ core technologies, experience, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to provide a robust marine riser inspection and repair solution for drilling contractors, consisting of onboard, onsite and at-facility services using proprietary automated and manual inspection techniques. The agreement will also provide full-service ...

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Better training and HSE, growth of student chapters among key IADC goals for 2019

By Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman As a long-time member of the IADC, I am proud and honored to serve as the association’s Chairman for 2019. IADC has a long history of serving as the space where members of the drilling industry can come together to identify common problems and solve them in a way that promotes our long-term success. This year, I plan to continue this legacy with a focus on safety and training and enticing the next generation of drillers to join our industry. It’s well established that our industry is volatile and cyclical, but I have always believed that if you work hard and deliver results, you can be successful. My career, and that of so many ...

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Analysis: High sand concentrations not main driver of production

Pump rate and slurry volume shown to be more likely drivers of production in more than 200 COMBO Barnett Shale wells analyzed By Matt Degrood, Contributor In the “COMBO” Barnett Shale, data from waterfrac sweep treatments show that pump rate and slurry volume have been the main drivers of production, rather than high sand concentrations, John Ely, founder and CEO of Ely and Associates, asserts in a paper to be presented at the 2019 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, 5-7 February in The Woodlands, Texas. In terms of economic success, he also found that waterfrac sweep designs have achieved more success than either large volume sand treatments or crosslinked gel design in the COMBO Barnett. In fact, Mr Ely believes that ...

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Safety, rig equipment maintenance must go hand in hand

By Gus Caldera, Ingersoll Rand In oil and gas operations, safety should be of the utmost importance. Particularly in the onshore drilling market, activity levels can change rapidly. According to the Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count, there were 520 land rigs operating in North America in March 2016. Today, that number has surpassed 1,100. The industry must ensure that its emphasis on safety grows as quickly as the number of working rigs. In the fast-paced North American land market, speed and efficiency are vitally important. However, a pure focus on speed could lead to incidents and downtime later that could impact operations much more significantly in the long run. Safe onshore rig practices go along with operational efficiency and ...

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