Thomas Selbekk, Add Energy’s Vice President of Well Control and Blowout Support, delivered a one day interactive course on Blowout Contingency Planning, held on the 6th of November 2017 in Perth, Australia.
In the wake of Macondo, regulators and operators increased their focus on blowout contingency planning with particular emphasis on well capping, relief well drilling and dynamic kill operations. As such, the course was designed to cover fundamental principles and methods of relief well drilling and dynamic well kills from Well Control specialists who have been involved as senior advisors for well control in some of the most catastrophic blowouts, including Montara and Macondo.
The course also enabled attendees to learn about:
- The theory behind blowouts
- Well kill simulations based on general flow theory
- Various kill methods including capping and dynamic kill through relief wells
- How to create blowout contingency plans
- The design and execution of relief well drilling
- The execution and challenges linked to high rate dynamic kill operations
- 20 participants including drilling engineers, drilling superintendents, production engineers, geologists came from a variety of companies including; Woodside, Shell, Labrador, Triangle, BHP Billiton
- NORWEPs Australia representative, Tore Moe also attended the course
This course was first held in Australia in 2015 and was designed as an in-house course for the regulator NOPSEMA. The course was later held for The Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) in Fremantle. Since then the course has been held twice in Stavanger and included a large participation from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety authority.
Course Feedback :
With new regulations relating to well control and contingency planning, we have seen an increased demand for this course and advice on how to comply with new regulations, Add Energy will be arranging additional courses in Stavanger, Aberdeen and Houston during 2018.
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