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Why people don’t follow procedures: a human performance perspective

New view of safety, accountability looks beyond enforcing procedural discipline to causes of non-conformance and how to manage variability in job execution By Marcin Nazaruk, Baker Hughes “Failed to follow procedure” is a common root cause from incident investigations in the oil and gas industry. Such a finding reinforces a belief that procedural conformance is a source of safety and success. Therefore, the apparently obvious conclusion is we need to get better at enforcing procedural discipline to prevent such incidents in the future. After all, procedures represent the best way to carry out activities. Experts develop procedures to guard against the errors and mistakes of fallible human operators who may have limited competence and experience. Compliance should be enforced to ...

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Industry set to see surge in water recycling and reuse, with benefits on cost, environmental impact

Increasing adoption of automation also leading to opportunities to optimize water transfers by reducing fuel and personnel requirements By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher As oil and gas companies continue to seek ways to reduce costs while working to step up their environmental stewardship, water recycling and reuse for fracturing remains a significant but under-tapped opportunity. In 2019, oil and gas production resulted in approximately 24 billion barrels of produced and flowback water in the US, but only approximately 5% of that amount was recycled and reused, according to Dean Fanguy, Director of Business Development for TETRA Technologies. “The No. 1 thing that operators can do to reduce water management costs is to recycle more water,” Mr Fanguy said. Whether ...

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Performance, engineering for safety and environmental impact among top considerations for next newbuilds

KCA Deutag’s Simon Drew: Rig availability may soon be challenged in some markets, but improved ROI will be needed to incentivize fleet additions By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Simon Drew is President of Land Drilling for KCA Deutag. What do you see as the most critical challenges as you look across your fleet of 70-plus land rigs? Over the past few years, we have been especially focused on enhancing our brand by adding value for, and reducing the total well cost of, the customer. The challenge is how to do that in a downturn, where so much focus is on pricing. But with that said, I think we have made progress in overcoming this challenge. We do see interest in technologies ...

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KCA Deutag unpacks benefits of human factor considerations via systems, processes, technologies

Rig apps, situational awareness campaign among multiple initiatives launched to positively impact human behaviors By Adebayo Aremu and Annejifke Andrew, KCA Deutag Nowadays, it is standard practice by all airlines to give passengers a safety briefing before every flight. This procedure is designed to save your life in the event of an emergency. Arguably, most will have forgotten the details of the briefing by the time the plane takes off. It gets worse with frequent fliers who, having heard similar briefings many times previously, may choose not to listen any longer. Studies have found that, even when full attention is paid to the briefing, in an actual emergency most people would try to leave the plane through the exit in ...

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On environmental stewardship, industry may need realignment

By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher The world’s energy system is heading for big changes, and the drilling industry must have a stronger voice in the public discourse around climate change and better position itself as part of the solution. This was the main takeaway from Shell’s keynote address at the IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in September. And it’s a message that echoes other speeches and discussions that I’ve heard throughout this year. Drilling contractors and other oilfield service companies are increasingly being measured – by both their customers and the investor community – not just on financial and operational performance but also on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria. The European Investment Bank, for example, is apparently ...

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