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New well control drills emphasize stakeholder integration, proactive risk detection

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Well control drills are a critical component to ensuring that personnel onboard a drilling rig are prepared to respond in a timely manner if a well control event occurs. However, too often, operators, contractors and service companies manage well control risks and training in silos, said Terrance Sookdeo, Director of Process Safety and Contractor Management for Baker Hughes...

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Lyndol Dew named Chairman of Well Control Institute

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Lyndol Dew of Diamond Offshore Drilling has been named as the new Chairman of the Well Control Institute (WCI). Mr Dew was confirmed as Chairman at the IADC Executive Committee meeting on 16 March in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr Dew is Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives for Diamond Offshore. He graduated from Florida State University in 1976 and received his Master of Engineering from Tulane University in 1982. Mr Dew served in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for six years. He has subsequently worked in various domestic and international positions for Diamond Offshore, on rigs and shore-based, for the past 32 years. Mr Dew is a Charter member of the Board of ...

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Shared understanding, definitions of process safety, barriers could benefit industry

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By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor In the drilling industry, the journey to process safety can often be much more complicated than the journey to personal safety. While the latter has already been built into the way the industry operates, many companies are still seeking the best way forward with the former. For Atwood Oceanics, although the company recognizes there is still a long road ahead, their journey to process safety has already resulted in “forward progress with regard to prediction and prevention, and even control of the possible process safety incidents that we might have offshore,” John Gidley, Vice President of HSE, said at the 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 15 March. Atwood’s journey began ...

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New interface protocols drive communication efficiencies between subsea control modules and subsea sensors

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The Subsea Instrumentation Interface Standardization (SIIS) network released its Recommended Practice and Standard Text for inclusion in API17F, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Standard for Subsea Production Control Systems. The three instrument interface protocols, covering analogue devices, digital serial devices and Ethernet TCP/ IP devices, will help improve subsea reliability by standardizing communications between subsea control modules and subsea sensors. SIIS was established in 2003 with a remit to create an open standard for the benefit of the oil and gas industry as a whole. The new Recommended Practice and text for an API Standard is expected to improve communication between members and strengthen the subsea control system ‘community’, reduce project lead and delivery times, remove repeated one-time engineering costs, ...

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HSE&T Corner: Involving employees in JSA development, making corrective actions visible increase buy-in to incident prevention programs

Bill Murphy (left) and Phil Molé (right) of Velocity EHS emphasized the importance of employee buy-in to incident prevention programs during a presentation at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 7 February. Ensuring that employees are made aware when their feedback or reporting leads to a corrective action is one way to secure their buy-in. Employees can also be included in the development of the job safety analysis.

While the first and most important objective of an incident prevention program is to ensure employees get home safely, a strong program does more than protect people from harm. “They have the benefits of increased productivity, reduced costs and lower employee turnover,” Phil Molé, EHS Expert for Velocity EHS, said on 7 February at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. “You improve employee morale and job satisfaction overall because you create the kind of environment employees like to be in.”

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Wirelines

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On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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