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IADC, Regulation, and Legislation

Chevron seeks to share tool for planning, executing well control drills

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Let it never be said that the oil and gas industry doesn’t share or collaborate. Chevron is ready, if not eager, to share with the rest of the industry a cloud-based tool that the company has “spent several million dollars developing,” for just a nominal, one-time licensing fee. At Chevron itself, the tool – DrillPad – has already proven to be a bigger game-changer than expected, Jeff Smith, WellSafe Systems Manager for Chevron, said at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans on 8 November. “We’ve seen the severity of our well control events drop significantly since we got this tool in place. When I say significantly, I’m talking about an order of magnitude.” ...

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Houmb, Karle receive IADC Exemplary Service Awards

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IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group. Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a simple workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. She currently serves as Chair of the committee, along with Co-Chairs Juan Negrete, Rowan Companies; and Ben Ramduny, Seadrill. She has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and has published more than 100 scientific and industrial-focused papers on various topics ...

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Kevin Neveu elected as 2019 IADC Chairman

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The IADC Board of Directors has elected Kevin Neveu, President and CEO of Precision Drilling, as its 2019 Chairman. Julie Robertson, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corp, was elected as Vice Chair. For the IADC Division posts, Roddie Mackenzie, Senior VP of Marketing, Innovation and Industry Relations for Transocean, will serve as VP of the Offshore Division. Scott McKee, VP Marketing for Cactus Drilling Co, was elected as VP of the North America Onshore Division. Lee Womble, VP Sales-Drilling Systems with Cameron, a Schlumberger company, was reelected as VP of the Drilling Services Division. In addition, Scott McReaken, CEO and Director of Sevan Drilling, will continue to serve as IADC Secretary/Treasurer. Mr Neveu has ...

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Trent Latshaw named 2018 IADC Contractor of the Year

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Trent Latshaw, President of Latshaw Drilling Co, was named as 2018 IADC Contractor of the Year on 9 November at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting held in New Orleans. The award was established in 1988 to recognize individual drilling contractors and their outstanding lifetime achievements in technical innovation, safety and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco (NOV), the award is the only one in the industry reserved solely for drilling contractors. All recipients are nominated and selected by IADC drilling contractor members. Mr Latshaw graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering before going to work for Parker Drilling in Alaska as roughneck, motorman, derrickman and relief driller, ...

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Proposition 112 puts Colorado’s oil and gas future in the hands of voters

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The Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin in Colorado has turned into a huge success story for the oil industry in recent years, but the upstream sector in the state could be dealt a critical setback when voters go to the polls on 6 November. Oil companies in the DJ basin have realized dramatic improvements to well economics, with average wellhead breakeven oil prices falling from $80/bbl in 2010-2011 to just $30-$32/bbl in 2017-2018. The DJ basin does not get the level of attention generated by the highly prolific Permian basin in West Texas and New Mexico – the primary contributor to US oil production growth of late – but the upside potential of Colorado’s oil output is formidable. This upside, however, could ...

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IOGP engages with regulators on liabilities, studies different regulatory approaches

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Since the early days of the formation of the Global Incident Response Group and Wells Expert Committee, the two groups have continued to fulfill their missions of improving drilling safety, improving the time to stop a blowout, and improving subsea and surface response capabilities. In particular, the two groups, which were formed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), continue to work with regulators around the world, according to Chris Hawkes, IOGP Safety Director. These include the EU Offshore Authorities Group, with whom the IOGP recently engaged on the issue of unlimited liabilities. Further, the IOGP recently was involved in an academic study looking at goal-based vs prescriptive regulations. Watch DC’s video with Mr Hawkes from the ...

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BSEE issues safety alert resulting from recent risk-based inspection

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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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IADC praises Coast Guard withdrawal of decades old offshore proposed regulation

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In the 19 September 2018 Federal Register, the U.S. Coast Guard made public its withdrawal of the “Outer Continental Shelf Activities” proposed rule, which was initially published in December of 1999. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement: “The withdrawal of this proposed rule by the U.S. Coast Guard is long overdue. After sitting on the shelf for nearly 20 years, the provisions contained in the proposed rule have long ago been rendered obsolete by an industry that prides itself on embracing technological advances. At IADC, we have advocated for the Coast Guard to withdraw their proposal in order to facilitate an open dialogue regarding regulations that reflect the current state of the industry. We would like to thank ...

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PSA Norway proposes unifying drawworks standards

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Throughout Europe, drilling operations are governed by multiple sets of industry standards – some of which are regulations imposed by external organizations, such as governmental bodies, and others are best practices developed within the industry. Occasionally, these various procedures don’t align. This lack of unity has led to drillers and operators attempting to comply with as many as 90 different sets of regulations, some of which were issued by a different authority and some of which governed the same operations on operations, according to Ola Heia, Principal Engineer for Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway. During a presentation on 11 September at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Austin, Texas, Mr Heia described how the PSA came up with ...

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US Forest Service eyes drilling approval for Ruby Mountains

The US Forest Service is considering a proposal to allow oil and gas exploration in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains. The proposal would open more than 50,000 acres to drilling, with caveats that operators could not disturb the surface of the mountain range. The Forest Service’s proposal is detailed in a draft environmental assessment, which was obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group opposed to drilling. If the plan is adopted, drilling companies will be able to place rigs on adjacent BLM property and utilize directional drilling techniques to access any reserves under the mountains. The 75-mile long stretch of land being considered runs down the mountain range’s western slope, right through the middle of the Pine Valley play ...

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