Add Energy co-present case study on planning and executing a source-control exercise using a visual simulator as a well response training tool

10 May, 2021 by Add Energy

Add Energy, in collaboration with Occidental Petroleum and Trendsetter Engineering have been invited to present a case study on improving source control exercises by using dynamic multiphase modelling and an advanced visual simulator at the International Oil Spill Conference on May 11th, 2021.  

Well control and emergency response experts Ray Tommy Oskarsen, who is the Senior Vice President at Add Energy, Mike DrieuGOM Emergency Response Management Manager at Oxy Petroleum and Brett Morry, Global Technical Director at Trendsetter Engineering will be co-presenting this virtual case study.  

With decades of experience in managing subsea source control operations and blowout response teams, this dynamic trio are uniquely positioned to offer credible insights and advice to help operators minimize the impact that well control incidents can have on our people, the environment, and businesses.  

During the presentation, Add Energy’s Ray Tommy Oskarsen will draw upon his extensive experience in source control operations to discuss techniques and advice for successful soft shut-in analysis and dynamic simulation.  

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Presentation synopsis:  

Since the 2010 Macondo incident, the oil industry has made many strides in improving offshore blowout prevention and preparedness. This includes manufacturing over 20 large subsea capping stacks with other supporting subsea source control equipment (e.g., cutting tools for debris removal, injection, and monitoring equipment for subsea dispersants), and routinely conducting emergency exercises to demonstrate the ability to simulate deploying their subsea control equipment defined in their source control emergency response plans, often on short notice for government initiated unannounced exercises.    

In 2017, Anadarko, which has since merged with Occidental Petroleum, partnered with U.S. and Mexican government agencies to conduct a joint-preparedness exercise to demonstrate a bi-national response to a hypothetical pollution incident that would threaten the border zone of both countries.  The exercise conduced in accordance with the Mexico – US (MEXUS) Plan, a bilateral agreement between both countries for offshore spill that would originate in one country and could impact the other country.  Coordinating a drill that involved over 300 participants from multiple companies and organizations took several years.  

A short coming of previous similar exercises have been the lack of visualization and sense of realism. A fit-for-purpose visualization simulator was used improve the overall training and learning experience. The visual simulator is coupled with a dynamic multi-phase simulator to ensure that the physics of the blowout and intervention operations are as realistic as possible. The improved visualizations and physics of the source-control operation significantly improved the learnings compared to previous exercise events.  

This presentation will explain the general methodology for closing a capping stack, and, more importantly, the planning process that made the drill successful.  

To attend this presentation, click here.

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