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IADC launches workgroup to develop advanced well control certification

One of the questions IADC’s enhanced well control workgroup is weighing is how much high-fidelity simulation should be required as part of the course. Mark Denkowski, IADC Executive Vice President of Operational Integrity pointed out that there are a limited number of facilities in the world that have top-of-the-line simulators. However, scenario-based exercises, if facilitated properly, can offer realistic training even without high-fidelity simulation equipment.

IADC has kicked off the development of a scenario-based well control certification that will cultivate both technical and human factors skills through interactive exercises and simulations. “The industry came to IADC with a recognized need for well control training that would build upon an individual’s WellSharp training,” said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

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Chevron tests, compares single-cluster and multiple-cluster completion methods in Antelope Shale wells

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Creating multiple clusters per frac stage using the plug-and-perf method has been a common completion method for many years. However, this method can leave something to be desired when it comes to efficient treatment of each cluster, Amit Singh, Well Stimulation Specialist at Chevron, said in a presentation at the 2017 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 25 January in The Woodlands, Texas.

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US House votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM rule on methane emissions

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The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38, a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response...

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Drilling contractors urged to participate in API standards development

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IADC and API are both urging more participation from drilling contractors in API workgroups in the coming year. Work is ongoing for as many as 27 drilling-related standards this year, according to Roland Goodman, Manager of Upstream Standards at API. Of particular note are efforts to revise API Standard 53 and API Recommended Practice 54, which could each carry significant impacts on drilling operations. “It’s important that we get the drilling contractors involved in everything that we do that is drilling-related because they are the ones that are implementing many of these things,” Mr Goodman said.

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Industry may see more flexibility under Trump administration, but focus on operational risk unlikely to change

Michael D. Farber, Partner at Van Ness Feldman, said a new administration is not expected to bring drastic changes to BSEE’s focus on operational risk.  Mr Farber provided a regulatory forecast at the IADC Houston office on 19 January.

The oil and gas industry may be looking for changes to be made under the Trump administration, such as reversing the withdrawal of Arctic and Atlantic acreage from leasing and denial of Atlantic seismic geophysical and geological permits. However, when it comes to the Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement (BSEE), there will likely be policy continuity in the agency’s focus on operational risks, according to Michael D. Farber, Partner at the law firm Van Ness Feldman, and R. Scott Nuzum, Counsel at Van Ness Feldman. “When you think about the person who holds the job of BSEE director, each night before that person’s head hits the pillow...

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CT sleeves open in 2 DUC wells after 32 months downhole

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Halliburton recently announced that two of its RapidStart Initiator CT (casing test) sleeves opened after 32 months downhole. That time period represents an industry record for the successful operation of a toe sleeve, according to the company. Murphy E&P needed to perform a true casing integrity test and had deployed the RapidStart Initiator CT frac sleeve system as an interventionless means of establishing a flow path at the toe of the well. Both sleeves opened successfully after 32 months downhole in two drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells of more than 7,000 ft, with static bottomhole temperatures up to 215˚F. The sleeves were functional at a total pressure of 10,000 psi and provided a 30-min casing...

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