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Safety and ESG

Maersk Drilling CEO: Industry must address sustainability in order to secure long-term financial viability

While it appears the worst of the downturn may be over, organizations must remain vigilant and work to address significant remaining challenges, in order to establish a firm economic position moving forward, said Maersk Drilling CEO Jørn Madsen at the IADC World Drilling 2021 Conference on 16 June.

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Environment, Social and Governance

Floating wind, hydrogen proposal aims to accelerate decarbonization of UK offshore oil and gas assets A UK-based company called Cerulean Winds has proposed a plan to help accelerate the decarbonization of oil and gas assets on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The £10 billion proposal calls for a 200-turbine floating wind and hydrogen development, which the company says can abate 20 million tonnes of CO2. A formal request for seabed leases has been submitted to Marine Scotland. The proposed development involves: • Over 200 of the largest floating turbines at sites West of Shetland and in the Central North Sea, with 3 GW/hr of capacity; this would feed power to offshore facilities and in excess of 1.5 GW/hr of power ...

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Interactive videos, mobile app and better red zone management among KCA Deutag initiatives to strengthen drops prevention

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor Dropped objects, or drops, still present one of the biggest hazards in upstream oil and gas. According to Kenny Adams, Head of Land Drilling QHSSET at KCA Deutag, more than 60% of all high-potential incidents (HIPOs) in the industry are related to drops, and they continue to account for many fatal and potentially fatal incidents.  Speaking at the virtually held 2021 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference in May, Mr Adams discussed some of the systems and training KCA Deutag has introduced to bolster its dropped object prevention scheme (DROPS), as well as how the drilling contractor has adopted these systems into its organization. These initiatives include interactive DROPS awareness training media, a DROPS Inspection ...

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Advances in simulators support industry’s shift to blended learning

As more companies look to virtual and hybrid well control training, industry works to improve software accuracy, expand their flexibility of use By Stephen Forrester, Contributor Drilling simulators have provided the oil and gas industry with a means of performing engaging, hands-on well control training for years. While many might associate “simulator” with immersive training with cyber chairs, other types of simulator-based training – both virtual and blended – have accelerated significantly, driven by both advancements in cloud computing and the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, companies recognize there remain critical advantages to in-person courses at large training centers. Better software with more accurate modeling, a greater amount of user choices and flexibility in course delivery ...

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Digital tools help deliver technical training in ‘bite-sized’ modules

Continuous e-learning approach aims to increase knowledge retention while keeping students engaged By Mike Adams, Norwell EDGE The COVID pandemic resulted in an approximately 34% reduction in global drilling activity last year, leading to a significantly reduced workforce and project delays. Now, as the industry begins its recovery, there is concern that a competency gap could hinder project delivery or even lead to a deterioration in safety performance.  To minimize risks associated with well control issues, some operators and their drilling partners are switching to digital solutions for their technical well control training. These solutions are providing a flexible and safe virtual environment in which their people can learn and, more importantly, fail before heading into critical operations. This type of ...

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