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PSA updating barrier management guidelines to incorporate operational, organizational barriers

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is updating its barrier management guidelines to include organizational and operational barriers, in additional to technical barriers. After PSA conducted studies and participated in a multinational audit on barrier management, the regulator concluded there is a need for a more systematic approach to barrier management. Such an approach is needed...

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Hemmingsen: Well control must remain a priority for the industry, regardless of economic landscape

Maersk Drilling CEO Claus Hemmingsen urged companies to share their knowledge and experience with one another in order to improve safety for everyone. Mr Hemmingsen, who also serves as Group Vice CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, delivered the keynote speech at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen on 19 October.

Although the downturn is forcing drilling contractors to stack rigs and make necessary budget cuts, the industry must maintain well control competence as a top priority, Claus Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said. Mr Hemmingsen, who also serves as Group Vice CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, gave a keynote address at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen on 19 October. “We must take any opportunity we can to learn from each other and take advantage of the broader industry performance, including the mistakes that we make, to ensure that we will not repeat those mistakes and expose people, environment and economic interest to accidents,” Mr Hemmingsen said.

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Proactively using annular friction can enable safer, more efficient well control

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Historically, the effects of annular friction have largely been ignored in conventional well control operations, Paul Sonnemann, Vice President of Technology for SafeKick, said at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen. However, new technologies, including real-time hydraulic flow models, make it possible to make use of annular friction to make well control operations more safe and efficient. In this video from the conference on 19 October, Mr Sonnemann explains why friction has largely been ignored to date and how annular friction can be utilized with conventional well control equipment to circulate out a kick. He also discusses the newly formed IADC Well Control Practices Subcommittee.

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Atwood’s Saltiel: Human factors often define success, failure in drilling industry

While often overlooked, human factors are critical to safe and successful execution of offshore drilling operations, Rob Saltiel, President and CEO of Atwood Oceanics, said at the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 5 October.

Human factors have traditionally been overlooked in the drilling industry, but recognition is growing that human factors are critical to ensuring that employees complete their tasks safely and efficiently. “Clearly, our industry depends greatly on deep understanding of technical knowledge and rigorous adherence to operation procedures. Yet, more often than not, it is the human factors that define our success or failure in this industry,” Rob Saltiel, President and CEO, Atwood Oceanics, said at the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 5 October.

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Norwegian Oil and Gas Association focuses on sharing experiences, maintaining regulator relationships

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Norwegian oil and gas regulations require the industry to continuously improve, and the best way to accomplish this is through sharing and collaboration, said Sam Samuelsen, Drilling Manager for Norwegian oil and company Lotos Norway. Mr Samuelsen also serves as Chairman of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association’s Drilling Managers Forum (DMF). In his keynote presentation at the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen, Mr Samuelsen outlined steps the DMF has taken to share knowledge and develop a common language around well control events. Watch DC’s video from the conference on 20 October as Mr Samuelsen describes the DMF’s Sharing to be Better initiative, as well as its work with Norwegian regulators.

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US sanction regimes continue to evolve for Russia, Iran, Cuba

Russian sanctions highlight how companies can be immediately impacted by sectoral sanctions. For example, ExxonMobil had a relatively short time frame to stop drilling operations in Russia’s Kara Sea after sanctions were announced in 2014.

Business prospects must be balanced with careful risk management, understanding of local challenges and well-drafted contracts By Jennifer Bickley, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry Since early 2014, the US has seen a significant number of changes to the sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). These changes have, or may have in the future, a meaningful impact on the oil and gas industry. Generally, OFAC’s purpose in imposing sanctions is to support the US’ foreign policy and national security goals through sanctions that are imposed on (i) individuals/entities through a published list of those persons with whom US persons/entities cannot do business (SDN List); (ii) targeted trade areas (sectoral sanctions) and targeted individuals ...

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Dayrates down, but rig demand remains stable in Middle East

Shelf Drilling’s Galveston Key jackup is drilling development wells in the UAE for National Drilling Company. The rig has a maximum drilling depth of 21,000 ft and can work in up to 300-ft water depths.

While drilling markets remain depressed around the world, the Middle East still stands as a growth market. In this region, demand for drilling rigs appear to be relatively stable and is likely to continue growing in 2017 and beyond. “Few rigs have come off contract without going back to work,” said Niels Espeland, President, International at Grey Wolf Oilfield Services. “The Middle East has been stable throughout the cycles. Due to its unique drivers, there’s always been growth regardless of the global market cycles.”

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