Drilling and Well Operations

Top 5 challenges associated with effective well integrity management, and how to overcome them

26 October 2021 posted in Well Integrity, Blowout Contingency Planning, Well Engineering and Management

Well integrity has been recognized as a vital aspect of drilling, production, decommissioning and energy transition processes for many years, with significant developments being made to improve both the construction and operational procedures throughout a well’s life cycle - not only to ensure a longer lifespan of the well, but more importantly for human and environmental safety.

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How to manage well integrity across the lifecycle of the well

12 October 2021 posted in Training and Competency, Well Integrity

Well integrity sits at the core of drilling, production, decommissioning and energy transition processes, combining technical, operational and organizational solutions to maximize containment throughout the entire life cycle of a well. In other words, well integrity is what you do when nobody's looking, and takes place in every phase of the well’s life, from design right through to decommissioning and conversion many years later.

All involved parties have a shared responsibility in maintaining well integrity, from the design engineers and service providers delivering the equipment, to well construction personnel and those operating it on site.

Failing to implement a robust well integrity management system, and employing skilled people who can operate the well safely to prevent accidental releases, can have catastrophic consequences. If the well’s integrity is compromised, this can potentially lead to a blowout which in turn can result in the loss of lives, heavily pollute the environment, and affect a company financially - all three of which were seen in the blowout from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

In order to optimize well integrity management, it’s important to fully understand what it is and how it is implemented at every phase of a well’s lifecycle. To help you go about optimizing an existing well, or set up a robust integrity management system for the lifecycle of a new well, Terje Løkke-Sørensen, Add Energy’s Chief Technical Officer and co-author of the world-class NORSOK Well Integrity Standard, has shared insights into how you can effectively manage well integrity throughout its entire lifecycle...

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Meet our drilling and completions specialists

20 July 2021 posted in Well Integrity, People and Business Updates, General Drilling and Wells, Well Engineering and Management

As a leading international drilling and well engineering service and consultancy provider, Add Energy employs a team of highly skilled experts who deliver platform drilling and completion solutions globally, from our base in Perth, Australia.   

We sat down with 3 of our specialists to explore more about their role and why they do what they do:

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Subsea capping: planning and key considerations for minimizing risk of well integrity failure during a shut-in operation

20 May 2021

Free well control response webinar:

Using visual simulators as a training tool to assure preparedness for well control incidents is a proven method for minimizing response time and improving the effectiveness of your source control operations.

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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 posted in Well Kill Support, Well Integrity, Blowout Contingency Planning, Well Control and Blowout Contingency, General Drilling and Wells

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.  

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Solving the diagnostic puzzle of blowouts

5 May 2021 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

The importance of effectively and safely managing subsea operations is central to the foundations of Add Energy.

Formed in the wake of a blowout on the Norwegian continental shelf more than 30 years ago, Add Energy’s well control company was set up, originally as Well Flow Dynamics, by three of the key players involved in the incident, to design and develop unique solutions to mitigate the impact of future oil spills.

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Add Energy to moderate “Integrity Excellence” workshop at Australian Offshore Well Intervention event

9 February 2021 posted in Well Integrity

Australia’s leading Well Intervention workshop OWI AUS is going virtual this year to ensure the well intervention community remains up to date, engaged and connected, and will be hosted by the Offshore Network.

This year, Add Energy’s EVP of Drilling and Well Engineering, Eduardo Robaina has been selected to moderate a virtual workshop and webinar at the event on “Integrity Excellence”, with NOPSEMA’s Well Integrity Manager, Mark Bourne and Sarah Robertson, a Well Engineering Supervisor form ExxonMobil.

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Behind the scenes with the Deepwater Horizon Investigation team

9 February 2021 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

On the evening of April 20th, 2010, a well integrity failure allowed hydrocarbons to escape from the Macondo well into Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon rig, resulting in explosions and fire in which 11 people lost their lives and 17 were injured. This incident caused a spill of national significance as hydrocarbons continued to flow from the reservoir for 87 days, resulting in the most expensive oil spill in history.

Add Energy were called in to be part of the core investigation team, to independently investigate the events that led up to the incident. Our Head of Well Control, Morten H. Emilsen was brought into this tightknit team of experts to analyse and examine all possible causes and to provide expert recommendations to enable prevention of similar events in the future.

We interviewed Morten to understand the part that Add Energy played in this crucial investigation and what he learned from working on one of the biggest hydrocarbon disasters to date.


How did Add Energy come to be involved in the investigation?

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Boosting production amid a cost-conscious environment

20 January 2021 posted in Production Optimization, Well Engineering and Management

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in many operators delaying investment into new projects and looking for opportunities to improve operating efficiencies and lowering costs for projects that are already in play.  

Production optimization is a key component to survival and assuring production remains economically viable and safe.  

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Advice for the next generation of drilling and well engineers, gained from 35 years in the oil and gas industry

12 January 2021 posted in Well Integrity, Blowout Contingency Planning, Well Control and Blowout Contingency, Production Optimization, Well Engineering and Management, Well Servicing and Intervention

The energy industry is ever-evolving. As technologies advance and new generations enter the workforce, it is important that we adapt and learn from the past in order to thrive within such a fast-paced and challenging environment.

Add Energy’s guest blogger, Geir Karlsen gives an insight into important lessons learned throughout a 35-year career in the oil and gas sector.  

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