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Petroleum Development Oman crowns 'PlaySafe' champions

The winning team from Abraj Energy’s Rig 43 scored 16,832 goals during 2008 as part of PDO’s “PlaySafe” Football League.

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) held an awards ceremony on 19 January in Muscat to recognize the winners of its 2008 “PlaySafe” Football League. The league is an innovative year-long competition combining an array of HSE metrics into a scheme where rig crew “teams” score “goals” for safe work practices and HSE accomplishments. Team winners are recognized with the “PlaySafe” League Cup and incident-free rigs with the “Goal Zero” Cup.

“No job is too important that it can’t be done safely,” remarked Eamon Gorman, PDO’s director of well engineering, who presided over the ceremony with Ray Corbett, HSE team leader. The “PlaySafe” League was started in 2007 and has grown to include more than 7,500 field personnel.

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Sneak Preview: Regulator: Asset integrity responsibilities must be shared among stakeholders

 The State Supervision of Mines (SSM) of the Netherlands is urging the drilling industry to improve on several aspects of asset integrity – design, technical and operational – with the increasing age of industry infrastructure creating a sense of urgency, the regulators say in an article in the upcoming March/April issue of Drilling Contractor.

On design integrity, results from a 2008 SSM stakeholder survey triggered worry over the continuing occurrence of serious accidents due to the use of non-inherently safe drilling equipment. “The challenge for the drilling industry is to insist on inherently safe design measures in rig equipment,” the article says.

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Industry gears up for 2009 Drilling Conference

 The economy is putting a squeeze on the oil and gas industry – and that only makes this year’s SPE/IADC Drilling Conference all the more valuable, said conference chairman Walter Simpson, BG Group general manager – operations & well engineering. “When times are tough, getting new ideas is even more important because that’s when we can really make a difference to our performance,” he said.

“The Drilling Conference gives the industry a chance to pick up innovative ideas, different perspectives, and learn what other people are doing. ... The types of opportunities that you can generate from a conference like this are more important than ever,” he added.

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Farell Moughon, Pride, recognized for committee leadership

 IADC president Dr Lee Hunt presented a plaque to Farell Moughon, Pride International HSE manager, in recognition of his service as 2007-08 chairman of the IADC HSE Committee, on the opening day of the 2009 IADC Health, Safety, Environment & Training Conference on 3 February in Houston.

In accepting his award, Mr Moughon noted that finding ways to motivate and encourage rig personnel to overcome their fears – any kind of fear that could derail safety – is a perennial challenge. Fear can lead to unsafe conditions, which in turn can lead to incidents or high-potential near-misses. “It’s a continuous daily effort,” he said.

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Pride's Rodney Eads: Accountability is key to reaching zero injuries

 “This is a subject dear to my heart: There can be no higher priority in any part of our business than health, safety and environment,” said Rodney Eads, executive VP and COO of Pride International, during his opening address at the 2009 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston.

On one side, he urged everyone to look at HSE as a moral responsibility. On the other side, HSE makes good business sense as well: “There are real business implications if you don’t get this right,” he said.

Mr Eads noted that the industry has made great progress with HSE in recent years. Key factors that have made a difference include job safety analyses, competency programs, industry sharing of best practices/guidelines and standards, leading/lagging indicators, recognition of the importance of health and minimal impact to the environment.

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Bud Danenberger, MMS, praises safety progress, calls for more industry participation

 Providing a regulatory update at the IADC HSE&T Conference on 4 February in Houston, MMS’ Elmer “Bud” Danenberger said that steady progress has been made on issues like safety and well control, though improvements are still needed in training and the level of industry participation. 

On hurricane issues, Mr Danenberger, MMS chief of offshore regulatory programs, noted that tie-downs appeared to have been helpful during Hurricane Ike last year, while global positioning systems didn’t work as well. Hurricane response team need to get MODU adrift data on a real-time basis, he encouraged.

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Getting back the missing 'H' in 'HSE'

 The drilling industry has focused intensively on HSE in recent years, for good reason and with good progress. But if you look just a bit closer, you’ll find that we focus mostly on safety and the environment. Health, on the other hand, often gets little or no attention.

In a joint presentation at the 2009 IADC HSE&T Conference, Ron Clem, president/CEO of Executive Training International, and Doyle R Galloway, EP wells operational HSE manager for Shell, asserted that there is a missing H in “HSE.” In fact, they say, the industry is in need of a new way of approaching the missing H.

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Chevron announces deepwater GOM discovery

 Chevron announced on 5 February a new deepwater oil discovery at the Buckskin prospect located in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The block is approximately 190 miles southeast of Houston and 44 miles west of Chevron’s 2004 Jack discovery, which is also in the lower tertiary.

The Buckskin No. 1 discovery well encountered more than 300 ft of net pay. The well is located in approximately 6,920 ft of water and was drilled to a depth of 29,404 ft.

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Drillers, hold on for an ugly ride

Marshall Adkins

With the US natural gas market facing a demand problem on top of supply troubles, it’s possible for the US land rig count to decrease by 60% or even 70% in the coming year, said Marshall Adkins, managing director of Raymond James & Associates, at the IADC Houston Chapter Luncheon on 20 January.

In fact, we may have to shut in 10 billion cu ft of gas a day for three to four months this summer. “We’ve never seen anything like that,” he said.

With oil, the short-term outlook is bad but uncertain (improvement is possible). On the negative side, the global economic meltdown is pulling down both demand and pricing. On the positive side, oil’s long-term outlook remains strong. Plus, OPEC will certainly make further cuts in production this year – perhaps up to 3 million bbl/day. There’s also been a downward trend in non-OPEC supply, with Russia being a key factor in that decline and global credit problems possibly accelerating the fall.

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