Add Energy and Trendsetter's cutting edge well control hardware is contracted by Major Operator

Add Energy and Trendsetter Engineering Inc (TEI) have been contracted by an oil and gas operator to provide well control expertise and access to their patented Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) to a well which is planned to be drilled in the Barents Sea during Q2 of 2018.

The contract will provide the operator with access to the RWIS system that will facilitate high rate kill requirements through a single relief well. This will allow the operator to increase the flexibility and redundancy of well kill operations by relocating pumping and storage off the relief well rig to dedicated pumping vessels.


The RWIS has been designed and built to greatly increase the pumping capacity of a single relief well by enabling the ability to pump in excess of 200 bbl per minute of kill mud through a single relief well, utilizing multiple vessels as opposed to the conventional method of multiple relief wells, requiring multiple MODU’s. The RWIS is installed on the relief well wellhead beneath the blowout preventer (BOP) to provide additional flow connections into the wellbore. Using high‐pressure flex lines, the inlets enable pumping units from separate floating vessels, in addition to the relief well rig, to deliver a high‐rate dynamic kill.

Having access to the RWIS will provide this operator with an additional layer of safety that ensures that a blowout that would typically require more than one intercept, can be killed with a single relief well, which in turn, reduces the risk for the entire well control operation. In addition to this, the RWIS hardware may also permit the operator to increase the size of their completions to increase the production rate, a significant industry development that can make marginal developments sanctionable.

Prior to the award of the contract, Add Energy conducted a blowout and kill simulation study to verify that a worst-case blowout during the drilling of the upcoming well can be controlled by a single relief well. The analysis concluded that the RWIS will significantly increase the kill mud pumping capacity and hence likelihood of a successful kill operation in the event of a blowout.

Morten Haug Emilsen, Senior Vice President at Add Energy commented: “For Add Energy this contract is a good example of technology developed jointly by two leading service providers that will benefit the drilling industry for the years to come. The unique combination of competence and experience from both companies were essential to materialize an idea that has been in our minds since 1989. In 2017, a major milestone was accomplished when the technology was commercialized, and the first contract for the RWIS was signed.”

He added, “We are thrilled to support our client with the optimisation of their well control strategy and implementation”.

Brett Morry, Global Technical Director at Trendsetter Engineering also commented: “For TEI, this contract validates the belief in the collaboration between Add Energy and TEI and gives a clear message that this hardware presents a viable solution to an existing industry problem.”

The RWIS is currently stored at Trendsetter Engineering’s Global Readiness Center in Houston, Texas and can be mobilised in as little as 24 hours in the event of an uncontrolled hydrocarbon release.

Add Energy Celebrates Engineers Week 2018


Engineers Week, is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world

  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers

  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.

Be part of what makes our future great

To raise awareness of this, a handful of Add Energy’s engineers have come together to share their experience and top tips for aspiring engineers in the hope of educating, empowering and encouraging people to enter into the fascinating and dynamic world of engineering.


This week marks Engineers Week 2018 - A week-long celebration of the vital world of engineering. And as the industry continues to make positive moves after one of the toughest oil slumps the world has seen, men and women from across the globe continue to start their careers path within the ever evolving role of an engineer.

So, if you are thinking of pursuing a career in engineering, just started your career, running your own business or currently studying engineering, then this blog is post is worth a read.

Click here to read more.


How can you help influence girls to pursue a career in engineering? 

Engineers - We all have a different perception of who they are, what they represent and who they should be.

It is however, a known fact that engineering is an extremely male dominated profession and the lack of aspiring female engineers is apparent both in academia and in the workplace.


So, what can we do to change this? How do WE encourage more females to take interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and pursue a career in engineering?

As significant advocates of female engineers, we in Add Energy want to help equalise the workforce of the future by encouraging more girls to become engineers.  

If you want to support this motion and help us break the mould, considering these tips may be helpful in doing so.  

1. Expose and Encourage STEM at Key Development Ages:

Pre-schoolers aged between 3-5 are emerging from toddlerhood into a new world of exploration and formal learning.  

Pre-schoolers are open to learning numbers and letters and are in the beginning stages of reading and doing simple math. The most important mode of learning during this period is playing.  Make believe play is of all kinds of attractive and fosters the development of language, socialization, and creativity.  Interest in exploring their environment promotes early interest in science.  They also like to build things out of items around the house as well building sets like Lego, k'nex, blocks, and others.

So, if this is period of a child’s life is so key to their development, and building/creating is so fascinating to children of this age, why do girls, more often than not, tend to play with princesses, barbies and dollies?

Perhaps the stigma around what a “girl’s toy” is, which is often heightened by toy stores, marketing and belief could explain why STEM related play, such as building Lego or making exploding pop rockets are stereotyped into “boy’s toys”. And is feasibly one of the contributing factors of why there is little encouragement or excitement for girls around this type of play.

Could a simple act of exposure to this type of play therefore be the reason why your daughter, sister, wife, aunty or friend became an engineer? Probably not, but that exposure during a key development period of a child’s life could be what entices them to want to find out more.

Don’t let boys have all the fun, embrace STEM play and make engineering “COOL”.

2. Recognise curiosity

“Curious” is one of many descriptive words that is often used to describe the characteristics of an engineer. Someone with a curious mind is keen, eager to learn more and has a love for solving problems.

Curiosity is related to inquisitive thinking, not gender.

There is a lot of speculation about why so many young, female, curious problem-solving thrill seekers are swayed away from the world of engineering when that is where they were made to be. So, what can we do to help them get to where they thrive most?


Sometimes the recognition of skill from an outsider is a huge influencer in a person’s decision-making process. Recognizing your own skills doesn’t come naturally to everyone, sometimes it takes someone like you to point out your perceptions of that person before they really understand who they are and who they could be.

Understanding your own skills and embracing what you enjoy most can therefore be considered as powerful tools in defining your career.

Could you be the person that speaks up and points out the key skills that are critical for the development of an engineer?

The answer should be YES, we can all be the person who helps their daughter, sister, niece or friend realise their potential and help encourage them to pursue what they enjoy most.

3. Give female engineers a platform to voice their experience

Bringing engineering to life and reality is important for young people who have little understanding or awareness of what being an engineer is all about. It is therefore important to provide a voice for female engineers, by empowering women to share information and communicate experiences, female engineers hold a significant amount of power to transform girl’s perceptions of engineering.

The communication of real life accounts and experiences is key to opening the minds of these young women and helping them realise that engineering isn’t just for boys.

Every academic body and business that employs female engineers should be using their position and resources to host a platform that gives female engineers a voice and allows them to engage directly with the young female engineers of our future.

In telling the raw and unfiltered stories of their journey into the world of engineering and what engineering allows them to do, we are confident that this simple act in its self can broaden the horizons of the young girls of today.

Female engineers of today - introduce a girl to YOU and show her what is possible

Be who you are - There is a little bit of engineer in every girl


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