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BSEE issues safety alert resulting from recent risk-based inspection


The US BSEE has issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels. Fired vessels are hydrocarbon-processing vessels on offshore oil and gas facilities with self-contained, natural or forced draft burners.

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Oil Spill Response Limited enhances air freight capability for capping stacks


Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) completed an air transport test flight of a fully assembled subsea capping stack for the first time. The demonstrated expertise has the potential to significantly reduce capping stack mobilization times, and represents the realization of a key objective for OSRL and all those involved in its Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS). “At OSRL, part of our mission is to constantly identify new ways to better support our members and adapt to their changing requirements through new technology, equipment and processes,” Matt Clements, OSRL’s Director of SWIS, said. “From our leading role working with the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP), to the recent development of our Offset Installation System for subsea wells, to today and the realization of another major achievement, we are continuing to lead and demonstrate the value we ...

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Survey reveals low oil price impacts operational risk and process safety management in hazardous industries


Petrotechnics, the developer of Proscient – the hazardous industries’ first software platform for operational excellence (OE), has released part one of its 2018 Operational Risk and Process Safety Management Report, which explores how far the oil price downturn and knock-on budgetary squeezes are affecting safety performance. Insights from more than 100 senior industry leaders reveal 72% believe oil price has had a moderate or significant impact on process safety risk, characterized by major job cuts, loss of corporate memory, cost-cutting and overall belt-tightening brought on by the downturn. The good news is 83% of survey respondents agree safety is part of their corporate value structures and is supported by the highest levels of management, including the company president or CEO. ...

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Wireless wellsite monitoring system could reduce NPT and tripping hazards


Current wellsite operations may create many types of real-time load and pressure monitoring data, but the transmission of that data from load cells is still primarily done by wireline – and transmission cables are not only a tripping hazard for personnel, but cable breakage is a common cause of NPT. To address these ongoing challenges, Strainstall – a UK-based mechanical and industrial engineering firm – developed Wellsite Monitoring Solutions, a wire and cable less monitoring system. Jim Profit, Business Development Manager for Strainstall, introduced the system on 16 August at the IADC ART Spark Tank, a forum for technology developers to present their innovations to a panel of operators and drilling contractors. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman ...

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Kenny Baker, Cactus Drilling: Safety starts with leadership demonstrating that they care about every individual on the rig


By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Many people first set foot on a rig site after they land their first job in the drilling industry. However, Kenny Baker, a Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, has been visiting rig sites since he learned to walk as a toddler. “My dad was in the oilfield for as long as I can remember,” he said. “We’d go out and check rigs with him when he was a drilling superintendent. We got to hang out with all of my dad’s co-workers from the oilfield. There would be different things that crews would do together, like go float the river. We always kind of looked up to the roughnecks.” After graduating high school in Rush ...

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Operators, drilling contractors gather for IADC well control/CRM workshop


As IADC prepares to launch its WellSharp Plus well control training accreditation program, the association invited stakeholders from across the industry to a workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for evolving and improving the industry’s approach to well control training. The event was held at the Maersk Training facility in Houston on 18 May. DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh spoke with several participants at the workshop – Jason Pittman, Principal Instructor, Drilling Simulator for Rowan Companies; David Lobdell, BP Competence Management Manager; and Paulo Bernardo Moritz, Simulation Training Specialist for Noble Corp – to get their thoughts on the importance of incorporating crew resource management (CRM) into its training, as well as the importance of investing in people and their development even in a difficult market. Watch the video for more information...

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Hazard hunts help rig crews to recognize potential hazards, need to stop job


Although drilling contractors empower every employee on the rig to stop the job if they notice a hazard, in some situations employees choose to continue with their tasks even amid unsafe conditions. Often, this is because employees don’t recognize the hazard they’re up against, Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. In this video from the conference, Mr Baker explains the approach Cactus has implemented to help employees better identify hazards on the rig. He also discusses the value of making safety personal, by making rig employees consider the impact that an on-the-job injury or fatality can impact a family or community...

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