Home / 2016 / September/October

September/October

2015 ISP: Fatalities fall from 21 to 8; LTI, recordable incidence rates both down by approximately 20%

The global drilling industry reported eight fatalities in 2015, according to the most recent report from the IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP). That is a significant improvement over the 21 fatal incidents reported in 2014. In particular, ISP data showed that – for the first time since the program started in 1962 – US onshore drilling contractors reported zero fatalities. “It’s an achievement worth celebrating and shows that all the efforts that onshore drillers have been putting in to improve safety are paying off,” Rhett Winter, IADC Director of Onshore Operations, said.

Read More »

Wirelines

On 14 July, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the Interior Appropriations Act. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland said, “The passage of the Interior Appropriations Act with robust support for oil and gas provisions indicates that House members recognize the tremendous role the energy sector plays in ensuring America’s economic stability. IADC is pleased that the $32 billion measure, which will fund the Interior Department, EPA and other related agencies in fiscal year 2017, contains language that is supportive of oil and gas activities.

Read More »

Perspectives: Mark Campbell-Howes, Maersk Drilling: Drilling industry needs dedicated voice on process safety; guidelines forthcoming to drive implementation

When Mark Campbell-Howes, Director, Head of HSSE Development at Maersk Drilling, left his hometown of Inverness, Scotland, and moved to Aberdeen in 2006, it was one of the biggest risks he had ever taken. After graduating in 2003 from England’s Newcastle University with a degree in chemical and process engineering, he had begun a steady job with a camping equipment distributor.

Read More »

HSE&T Corner: Hard hat uses transparent visor to increase workers’ peripheral vision

With the multitude of safety-related challenges that workers face in the upstream oil and gas industry, any improvement in a worker’s ability to be aware of their surroundings can make a difference when it comes to keeping themselves and others out of harm’s way. To address this, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Bullard are introducing a hard hat designed to increase workers’ upper peripheral vision.

Read More »

Troubled Brazil works to open pre-salt, ease regulatory restrictions

As of July, Petrobras had 39 floating rigs on contract in Brazil. That compares with 60 at the beginning of 2015 and 42 at the end of that year, according to Rudimar Lorenzatto, E&P Executive Manager for the Brazilian national oil company. Despite this fall in activity, Petrobras remains heavily focused on the pre-salt. Of the 60 wells planned for 2016 and another 60 planned for 2017, 60% are expected to be in the pre-salt areas. “Pre-salt is the main focus in the future for Petrobras’ business plans,” Mr Lorenzatto said.

Read More »

With BSEE Well Control Rule in force, it’s time to take another look at RFC-HSE variant of MPD

Drilling techniques associated with closed and pressurizable circulating mud systems have become standard on land drilling programs over the past several decades. This progression can be measured by the growth in rental activity of rotating control devices (RCDs). Because these techniques and technologies have proven effective onshore, greater application in marine environments seems uniquely logical.

Read More »

Exception-based remote monitoring incorporates intelligence to enable early detection of well control events

Industry statistics suggest that the majority of well control incidents and near-misses occur during well construction operations. To address this issue, the industry has focused on stringent well design and casing standards, blowout prevention equipment, safe drilling practices and multiple layers of workflows and controls. However, the data also shows that most well control incidents occur as a result of human factors – misinterpretation of data, delayed response to abnormal well conditions, drilling crew inexperience and physical fatigue – that are not addressed by hydraulics and mechanical well control mechanisms.

Read More »

Rig briefs: Robotic arm for automated pipe handling, 20,000-psi riser system, ergonomic driller’s station among industry innovations

The best derrickmen in the drilling business can rack a stand of pipe at an approximate rate of about 20 seconds per pipe at the start of a tour, according to RigArm, a Calgary-based drilling equipment manufacturer. However, fatigue then begins to set in and can affect performance.

Read More »