Drilling and extraction of hydrocarbons is a complex and risky process, and operators must have robust safety assurance and contingency measures in place to mitigate danger, efficiently respond to any incidents and reduce the personal, business and environmental impact if an uncontrolled release were to occur.
In certain regions of the world, and for some operators, regulations and internal procedures mandate that fields cannot be developed unless the operator can demonstrate that the well can be intercepted and controlled via a single relief well drilling operation, as opposed to multiple relief wells, which is usually the norm.
Safety is always the number one priority in drilling operations, but this can often impact an operator’s ability to reach their targets and optimize future production. However, there are ways engineers can increase the efficiency of field development and maximise production, without compromising safety.
Production optimization with less CAPEX is an ever-growing quest for many operators. Not only are operators focused on maximizing flow rates through larger bores, but they want to achieve this with less investment.
Whilst production optimization creates significant cost benefits for a business, it is critical to note that additional risks are introduced when bigger bores are developed. These include, but are not limited to:
During a period of low oil price, it is even more critical to optimize costs and identify ways to meet production targets with less expenditure.
This week marked the 10th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident that took the lives of 11 men and wreaked havoc on the environment, as well as the oil and gas industry globally.
Mr. Terje Løkke-Sørensen, the Chief Technical Officer of Add Energy, delivered the company’s 4th familiarization training course on the principles of NORSOK D-010 Well Integrity standard. A 1-day course that focused on the establishment of well barriers, including well barrier elements and how these are accepted and monitored to prevent loss of integrity that ultimately could lead to a blowout.
As a part of our work across Australia, we provide management plans and independent integrity risk assessments for our clients’ offshore and onshore operations.
A well-structured, coherent well operations management plan provides a suitable level of detail that accurately describe the well, the operating envelope, the management systems in place and all the activities that take place at or in connection with the well; facilitating the titleholder’s ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the factors that influence risk and controls that are critical to minimising risk to the integrity of the well.
Add Energy is pleased to announce it has entered into a master service agreement with Enautech, an oil and gas technology company specialising in well control equipment compliance and improving blowout preventer reliability under well control scenarios.
The master service agreement between Add Energy and Enautech allows Add Energy to continue its drive to become a global provider of leading engineering and software solutions.