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Bapetco builds safety-first culture on care, respect for employees

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In 2015, Gordon Graham arrived in Egypt as Deputy Drilling Manager of Bapetco, a joint venture between Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. He quickly identified several areas within HSE that required improvement and launched the Risk Champions Program. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Mr Graham tells DC about the various focus areas for this program, as well as how HSE improvements can be achieved by demonstrating care and respect for employees. Watch the video for more information.

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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions

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To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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TxDOT to undertake Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program

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Many of the Texas roadways that run through energy-rich areas of the state were not built and designed to handle the constant traffic from heavy trucks that is associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Through the Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will undertake improvements to roads that experience high levels of energy-related traffic, Randy Hopmann, Director of District Operations for TxDOT, said at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Hopmann discusses some of the improvements that will take place under the program, including strengthening the pavement structures and adding passing lanes. He also explains how the program will help make Texas roads safer for oil and gas employees and Texas residents alike...

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HSE&T Corner: Chevron develops software tool for conducting, evaluating well control-related drills, seeks to share it with wider industry

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Well control, like safety, is too important to be leveraged as a competitive advantage. That’s why Chevron is planning to share with the wider industry a tool – called DrillPad – that the operator launched in 2015 to assist with the planning and tracking of well control drills. The software was developed as part of Chevron’s WellSafe assurance program...

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2016 ISP: Global LTI, recordable incident rates both down, but number of fatalities ticks up slightly

March accounted for the most Lost Time and Recordable incidents. The 26-35 age range accounted for the most Lost Time and Recordable incidents.

Numbers from the latest IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP) are encouraging. The ISP, which has tracked safety and accident information for the drilling industry since 1962, shows that the worldwide lost-time incidents (LTI) rate improved by 27.7% from 2015 to 2016, going from 0.18 to 0.13. The recordable incident rate also saw improvement, falling by 23.3% from 0.60 in 2015 to 0.46 in 2016...

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To get the most out of drilling simulators, follow these 5 principles for designing training exercises

High-fidelity drill floor simulators, like this one at the Maersk Training facility in Houston, are powerful tools, but training exercises must be well-designed in order to maximize the tool’s potential to improve team performance. For example, companies often overlook the identification of learning objectives and expected performance standards when considering simulator-based exercises.

As drilling simulators become increasingly more sophisticated and available, organizations are increasingly exploring the possibility of enhancing safety and team performance by carrying out exercises on full-scale high-fidelity drill floor simulators. The amount of effort being put in by companies and trainers is impressive. However, based on more than 200 observations of teams taking part in exercises on drilling simulators, it’s also been observed that organizations are not investing sufficiently in the design of simulator-based exercises that would provide the maximum benefit for the team and organization...

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Flexible pipe integrity report published following Sureflex JIP

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Wood Group has published the findings of the Sureflex joint industry project (JIP), which aimed to improve industry knowledge and understanding of flexible pipe integrity management. The Flexible Pipe Integrity Management Guidance & Good Practice report shares experiences, lessons learned, failure statistics and inspection and monitoring insight from the use of unbonded flexible pipes in offshore applications. Established in 2015, the findings of the Sureflex JIP demonstrate that flexible pipe failure rates have been in decline since the mid-1990s as technology and design has matured and application has expanded to more challenging environments. It builds on a series of initiatives, led by Wood Group, dating back to the late 1990s and previously run under the auspices of Oil & Gas UK, ...

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DOE to invest $20 million in new oil and gas research projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks. This new funding opportunity seeks projects that will advance DOE’s objective to support a more environmentally responsible, secure, and resilient US energy infrastructure, while enhancing economic competitiveness and national security...

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Noble transforms training and collaboration center to support industry training

Noble’s custom simulators provide a hands-on approach for students to apply their learnings from the classroom to an offshore drilling environment. The simulators use actual data from Noble’s fleet to mimic real-world situations, such as well control, poor weather and power failure.

As the rapid pace of technology evolution pushes the need for knowledge sharing, Noble Corp has opened the doors of its NobleAdvances training and collaboration facility to the wider offshore drilling industry. The facility, located in Sugar Land, Texas, was originally launched in summer 2013 to deliver development and training to Noble’s more experienced drilling and marine personnel. Since then, however, Noble has begun offering introductory training courses to others in the industry, said Fritz Golding, Director of Learning and Development at Noble Drilling....

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More onshore participation needed in IADC cybersecurity efforts

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Cyber attacks on industrial control systems are on the rise, and it’s estimated that 41% of cyber attacks target the oil and gas industry. Since the publication last year of the IADC Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Cybersecurity Risks to Drilling Assets, the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee has been working on new guidelines around minimum cybersecurity guidelines for drilling rigs...

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