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ExxonMobil: Rig technologies must be differentiated between what’s needed and what’s not


The industry can and must improve its safety and economics through the development and application of new rig technologies, Andre Luyckx, Upstream Drilling and Subsurface Manager for ExxonMobil, said at the 2016 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas. “If the rigs that we operate aren’t safe and they’re not profitable, they’re nonstarters,” Mr Luyckx said in a keynote address on 13 September. However, the industry must be careful to differentiate which technologies are needed for each project.

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Maersk’s Durkin: Step-changes in safety do not require big spending


The offshore drilling market remains in turmoil, but the industry’s efforts to improve safety performance are carrying on without disruption. “We cannot and we will not allow market conditions to dictate how we care about our people or the environment,” Angela Durkin, COO of Maersk Drilling, said in a keynote address at the 2016 IADC Drilling HSET Europe Conference. “We will continue to work together and learn from each other and learn from other industries to avoid making the mistakes from the past,” she said to conference attendees in Amsterdam on 21 September.

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ADIPEC 2016 to launch ‘Security in Energy’ program


Experts are urging organizations in the oil and gas industry to adapt to an increasingly interconnected energy landscape by taking a streamlined and coordinated approach to security. Technology brings with it a growing concern of data and infrastructure protection that needs to be immediately addressed. The Middle East’s burgeoning security market is forecast to be worth US$34 billion by 2020, with more than 50% being spent on government, energy and critical infrastructure, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan report. Meanwhile, figures from MarketsandMarkets show that the overall critical infrastructure protection market in the Middle East will be worth $13.07 billion by 2018.

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Like NASA, drilling industry can use probabilistic risk assessments to identify potential points of failure

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A probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) is used to model and quantify very unlikely but potentially high-risk events or failures. PRAs are commonly used in other industries, including nuclear and aerospace. At the 2016 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas, David Kaplan, NASA’s Flight Equipment & Quality Division Chief, Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate, explained how the agency has used PRAs to measure risks related to the International Space Station. In this video from the conference on 13 September, Mr Kaplan discusses similarities between the drilling and aerospace industries and how PRAs can help both industries better understand causes of failures.

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Remove the barriers to automated MPD to enable automated well control

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Automated MPD can enable automated well control, making for a generally safer and more efficient drilling operation. However, barriers remain that obstruct industry’s implementation of automated MPD, including liability and traditional roles and responsibilities. Drilling contractors are typically responsible for equipment integrity on the rig, but during MPD...

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IADC Maintenance Committee seeking additional OEM partnerships

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The IADC Maintenance Committee’s partnerships with National Oilwell Varco and Caterpillar have both helped the committee to develop solutions to asset integrity and reliability challenges, and the committee is now looking for additional OEM partnerships. The group has also started working with other IADC committees, such as the Well Control Committee, to help drilling contractors improve reliability on equipment, such as the BOP, said Frank Breland, Diamond Offshore Manager Planned Maintenance and IADC Maintenance Committee Chairman. Watch this video with Mr Breland from the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston to learn more.

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QGOG simplifies fleet maintenance through ISO 14224 standardization

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To simplify maintenance through standardization, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG) recently began implementing ISO 14224 methods for asset integrity on the company’s offshore rigs. ISO 14224 provides a comprehensive basis for collection of reliability maintenance data in a standard format for all equipment. Implementation is already complete on QGOG’s Brava Star drillship and is in progress on eight more rigs. QGOG Asset Integrity Engineer Thiago Amato discussed the process for implementing ISO 14224, as well as results of the implementation, at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston. Watch the video with Mr Amato to learn more.

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