Drilling and Well Operations

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 Kill Support, Well Control and Blowout Contingency, General Drilling and Wells

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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Behind the scenes with the Deepwater Horizon Investigation team

9 February 2021 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency, General Drilling and Wells

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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Working smarter with less to maximize production and assure well control

29 October 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

Our team of blowout contingency experts recently attended and presented at the 2020 IADC Well Control Conference. In this blog, Martin Myrvang, Senior Engineer in Add Energy, and co-presenter at the event, shares key themes and takeaways from the event and solutions to the challenges discussed.

Common Pain Points

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Top considerations for an effective blowout contingency plan

24 September 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

A well thought out blowout contingency plan (BCP) forms the foundation of rapid and effective response if an unplanned hydrocarbon release should occur.  

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How to reduce response time when the unthinkable happens

3 September 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

An uncontrolled hydrocarbon release is one of the worst possible scenarios that an operating facility can experience. Not only are the safety barriers compromised, exposing the asset and people to significantly more risk, but the economic, business and environmental consequences can be detrimental.

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A closer look at the RWIS design, how it works and the benefits that can be unlocked

17 June 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

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.

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Preventing a blowout while maximising flow: insights from our EVP of Well Control, Morten Haug Emilsen

5 June 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

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. 

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Lifting the Drilling Moratorium in the US through Innovative Hardware Development, post Macondo

24 April 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

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.

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Add Energy and Enautech sign master service agreement to improve blowout preventer reliability and reduce the likelihood of loss of primary containment

3 February 2020 posted in Well Control and Blowout Contingency

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. 

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