CATEGORIZED | News

IADC testifies at CSB public hearing on Macondo

Posted on 15 December 2010

IADC VP – offshore technical and regulatory affairs Alan Spackman testified today in Washington, DC, before the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) as part of its ongoing investigation into the causes of the Macondo incident.

Mr Spackman provided a review of IADC’s HSE Case Guidelines for MODUs and described why a safety case based on these guidelines is appropriate for use in US deepwater drilling operations. He pointed out that the IADC guidelines facilitate acceptance across regulatory jurisdictions where a safety case is required; it also reduces proliferation of differing requirements by new safety case adoptees.

He also described the API-IADC Well Construction Interface Document and how it adds the elements of well basis of design, well execution plan and critical well activity risk assessments to the traditional HSE management system bridging arrangement. Further, IADC is developing recommendations for changes to the guidelines based on results of gap analyses with API RP 75 and the SEMS Final Rule of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

Describing IADC recommendations to the BOEMRE, Mr Spackman said the agency should assess its resources in developing an approach to implementing the HSE case. He also encouraged the agency to establish a means for ongoing dialogue with industry for SEMS implementation and to form a multi-year implementation roadmap recognizing the complexity of that implementation.

The US Coast Guard (USCG), which also holds regulatory jurisdiction over offshore E&P activity, should establish dialogue with the BOEMRE on hazards analyses, with particular reference to matters traditionally under USCG jurisdiction, he said.

The public hearing also included testimony from other industry representatives, including API, Shell and Statoil, as well as a panel of regulators from the UK, Norway and Australia, and US labor union leaders. The CSB, an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents, is gathering information on how offshore oil and gas drilling is managed and regulated in other countries. The data will help form the board’s safety recommendations that will result from the investigation.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 18 August 2014

    Repsol runs BlueDock connectors in Trinidad and Tobago

    Repsol has recently run BlueDock connectors with elastomeric seals in Trinidad and Tobago. The operation took place in the Arima 2 well on a jackup platform...

  • 15 August 2014

    Joe Hurt to retire from IADC

    After more than 14 years with IADC and a career spanning 42 years, Joe Hurt, Vice President of IADC’s Onshore Division, will retire at the end of August. Mr Hurt began his career in 1974 with Noble Corp, working on land drilling rigs...

  • 13 August 2014

    OneSubsea, Helix and Schlumberger to form subsea well intervention alliance

    OneSubsea, Helix Energy Solutions Group and Schlumberger have entered into a letter of intent to form an alliance to develop technologies and deliver...

  • 12 August 2014

    Noble Energy, Woodside Petroleum sign PSC for exploration offshore Gabon

    Noble Energy has signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) with Gabon government, covering Block F15 in the Gabon Coastal Basin. Under the terms...

  • 12 August 2014

    Opus Offshore selects DTI motion compensation for second set of Chinese drillships

    Drilling Technological Innovations (DTI) has been awarded a contract to provide motion compensation packages for the Tiger III and Tiger IV drillships...

  • Read more news