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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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Early planning, effective communication crucial to five-year SPS’s

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Applying best practices – including early coordination between the drilling contractor and OEM, constant communication and contingency plans for unplanned work – can help drive down the cost of five-year special periodic surveys for drilling rigs. In a presentation at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston, Trey Walker, Fleet Care Manager for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), presented examples of successful in-yard and in-field surveys completed ahead of time and within budget. In this video from the conference on 31 August, Mr Walker explains how early planning helped NOV preform these surveys successfully. He also discusses how applying best practices helped the company to complete the in-field survey several days ahead of time despite unexpected changes to the project’s scope.

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ABS, partners test Polar Code requirements through search and rescue exercise offshore Norway

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In April, ABS partnered with the Norwegian coast guard, academic institutions and other stakeholder companies to perform a search and rescue exercise in Svalbard, Norway. The University of Stavanger, Company GMC and the Norwegian Coast Guard organized the exercise, which took place on the K V Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel. The exercise was conducted to gain a better understanding of the IMO Polar Code’s requirements, which many in the industry regard as vague, according to ABS. For example, the code requires the crews of maritime vessels, including drilling rigs, to be equipped be able to survive five days in polar waters while awaiting rescue. There was concern about whether this was even possible with existing equipment, said ABS ...

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R&D center built with integrated testing ability, serves as ‘incubator’ for next-generation technologies

A mud building facility is part of a future phase at the R&D center that will offer parallel downhole testing off of the rig so mud tests and drilling can be done simultaneously.

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is pushing ahead with a new research and development technology center (RDTC) that will give the company’s engineers a means to develop and assess new technologies, particularly those related to drilling automation. “We treat the facility like an incubator,” said Rium Tapjan, VP of the RDTC. “We’re trying to foster an environment for building ideas and coming up with solutions that aren’t siloed into different divisions. People can come here months in advance and collaborate on different tests.”

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IHS: Oil market now reaching bottom as supply, demand begin to balance out

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The downturn in oil prices that has led operators worldwide to reduce budgets and drilling programs has reached a bottom, as the oversupply of oil has begun to balance out with demand, according to IHS Vice President for Energy-wide Perspectives Susan Farrell. “We have oil supply going below what is needed for demand (this year), which means we are finally going to start rebalancing the market going forward,” Ms Farrell said at the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference on 15 June in Lisbon. While spending is expected to remain flat in the near future, IHS expects an increase in drilling activity beyond 2017 as companies begin to finish paying off debt from pre-downturn investments. Watch the video to learn more.

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