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Ensuring better regulation: IADC continues to engage Texas Railroad Commission on Rule 13

Securing better regulation is a key objective of IADC. Ensuring that any regulation is necessary, operationally appropriate and implementable, fit for purpose, affordable, and appropriate with no unforeseen consequences is key to the strategy of the association’s Policy, Government and Regulatory Affairs (PGRA) division.

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Opportunities, hurdles line industry’s path to making subsea equipment smarter

To support increases in safety, reliability and operational economics, equipment used in the oil and gas industry must be made smarter. How is this going to be achieved, e.g. how will original equipment manufacturers (OEM) instrument both old and new equipment? Where are the new sensors going to come from? Condition-based monitoring (CBM) and predictive maintenance systems such as Cameron’s Cognition utilize new sensors fitted to subsea systems.

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Drilling Contractors should consider engineered cybersecurity approach

By Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator As companies consider how to defend against cyber threats in the digital age, many will take an IT approach. This means prioritizing the implementation of firewalls and antivirus software. However, for drilling rigs, these tools will not be sufficient to ensure cybersecurity. Mike Van Gemert, Senior VP of Northwest Technical Solutions, urges drilling companies to consider an engineering approach, which requires a deep understanding of the physical, logical and operational components of a drilling rig. “Until you understand the systems, you usually can’t grasp the risk,” he said. “They are connected.” By understanding at a detailed level how various systems on a rig are interconnected, offshore drilling contractors will gain a better picture of their ...

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Operational safety, integrity challenges, expectations evolve as global rig fleet ages

In addition, jackups that work in cold air temperature environments must be designed to contend with the effect of sea spray, which can freeze instantly and accumulate on the exposed portions of the rig structure. Beyond the immense added weight that may compromise the structural integrity of the rig without consideration of winterization, systems – both operational and safety related – may also be compromised.

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Applying systematic approach, FMECA during rig design, construction can mitigate risk of costly downtime later on

Risk assessment process should emphasize preparation, participation, technical content to maximize effectiveness By Wael Abouamin, Energy Risk Consulting Building a deepwater rig that incorporates the latest technical and automation innovations requires planning, coordination and a thorough understanding of the limitations of people and machines. Implementing a risk assessment and management program is an essential part of the rig-building process. Consider some of the challenges in the construction of a sixth-generation ultra-deepwater rig: • Highly complex systems designed and manufactured by multiple vendors; • Integrating complex systems with the shipyard-built systems; • Highly automated systems that require coordination and integration; • Highly automated systems that need to be operated by rig personnel; • Highly automated systems that need to be maintained ...

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Drilling programs give university students hands-on exposure to automation, simulation

A growing number of universities, research institutes and oil and gas industry groups are investing in programs that put students in front of the industry before they graduate. Three such programs are the Rig Automation Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT); Drilling Simulator Celle, affiliated with Clausthal University of Technology in Germany; and the Drillbotics competition sponsored by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS).

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Drilling & Completions News

Shell has received the approval of one Application for Permit to Modify (APM) to conduct exploratory drilling activities into potential oil-bearing zones offshore Alaska at one of the wells at the Burger Prospect, Burger J. The company remains limited to the top section of the Burger V well. The announcement came from Brian Salerno, Director of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), after extensive review.

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