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Competency & compliance the roots of well control incidents

All well-control incidents come down to one of two factors – competency and compliance, remarked Eamon Gorman, Well Engineering Director for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), in his keynote address on the second day of the IADC Well Control Middle East 2008 conference & exhibition, held 2-3 December in Muscat, Oman.

Risks associated with drilling activities are generally well-defined, he said. They are seen to fall into three categories; geological uncertainty, reservoir section and high staff turnover. These risks can be mitigated by a number of barriers including equipment inspection and certification, identification of safety-critical positions and training.

Risks associated with well intervention are somewhat different, however, Mr Gorman observed. These risks require a different set of mitigating measures involving specific well control procedures, enhanced training and strengthened supervision, all aimed at embedding professional standards.

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IADC UBO guidelines accepted as API RP92U

Guidelines on underbalanced operations developed by the IADC Underbalanced Operations & Managed Pressure Drilling Committee have been formally adopted as API Recommended Practice 92U ("Underbalanced Operations, First Edition").

The effort was led by John Ramalho, Shell, who chairs the UBO/MPD Committee's Standards & Nomenclature Subcommittee. Gavin Humphreys, Stena Drilling, chairs the full IADC UBO/MPD Committee.

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DEA Shoulder/Thread Verifier System project wraps up

 A project sponsored under the auspices of the Drilling Engineering Association to help eliminate drill-pipe twist off caused by poor shoulder engagement or torque has been successfully completed. The nearly three-year project, run by Global Systems, was supported by ConocoPhillips and Chevron, among others, uses STV imaging systems to quickly verify connections in the field. The system is also applicable to avoiding casing/tubing leaks caused by lack of seal or thread engagement.

For more information, check the DEA website.






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Safety alerts detail crane, rig-control, rig-move, travelling-block accidents

Four recent IADC Safety Alerts describe serious errors that led to significant injuries. The four are:

IADC Safety Alerts are contributed to IADC, and published anonymously at no charge for the betterment of industry HSE.

To participate, go to the website or contact Joe Hurt at IADC.

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Baker Hughes cuts ribbon on Phase II of new tech center

 Baker Hughes Inc. cut the ribbon on Phase II of its new Center for Technology Innovation, a 209,000-sq ft research and engineering center. The $42-million facility will house some 600 scientists, application engineers and laboratory technicians. Activities at the center in northwest Houston will focus on four broad areas for the future – high temperature and high pressure, deepwater, production optimization, and big-bore drilling, completion and production, according to Chad Deaton, BHI Chairman, President & CEO. Houston Mayor Bill White also attended the ceremony.

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Drilling Contractor recognized again at publishing awards

Accepting the awards on behalf of IADC (from left to right): Brian Parks, Mike Killalea, Linda Hsieh, Togrul Mamedbekov.

Drilling Contractor was recognized once again by the Business Marketing Association - Houston Chapter at the BMA Lantern Awards dinner on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 in Houston and has two new awards to add to the trophy case.

Awards of Excellence were bestowed upon DC for outstanding achievement in online media and sales literature. DC’s website, www.drillingcontractor.org, won praise in the category of web site(s) with a budget under $24,999, and the 2008 DC Media Kit package won in the distribution sales package/media kit category.

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NOV's David Reid named chairman of IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee

 David Reid, vice president, E&P technology & business for National Oilwell Varco, has been named chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee. Mr Reid previously served as the committee’s vice chairman-service companies and succeeds Steve Richards, who had served as interim chairman.

Mr Reid is responsible for developing corporate business interaction with strategic E&P companies. Previously, he was vice president of products for NOV’s Rig Solutions Division and vice president of marketing and business development for Varco. 

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Behavioural workshop to precede IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2009

In answer to member requests, IADC has organized its first Behaviour Based Safety Workshop, an interactive event to be held on 20 April, the day before IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2009 (21-22 April, Abu Dhabi).

To ensure that each workshop participant can optimize participation, the workshop is limited to 35 attendees. (There is no such limitation on the 21-22 April conference, however.)

IADC and its global membership consistently support the ongoing effort for world-class safety performance in the oil and gas industry. The variety of disciplines considered (both technical & behavioural) in the quest for the ideal safety culture has been extensive, and nobody has been more involved in the process than the global drilling community.

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1st expandable installation with cement, underreaming completed

Enventure Global Technology has announced the successful completion of the first commercial well using its SET expandable system that eliminated cementing and underreaming operations. This milestone comes on top of the 21-day, $1 million per well savings established by incorporating expandable open-hole liners in a well slimming program, the company said in a release.

The company says that the key for success in the HPHT gas well in Robertson County near Franklin, Texas, was the use of a 6 x 7 5/8-in. SET system and swellable elastomer technology. This system utilized the swellables to provide zonal isolation of the approximately 1,000-ft drilling liner.

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