How to increase your well kill injection rates by 260%

Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster in 2010, regulators and operators increased their focus on blowout contingency planning with significant emphasis on well capping, relief well drilling and dynamic kill operations. In particular, Norwegian drilling and well regulations now states that a permit for drilling can only be granted if well control can be regained by intervention with just 1 relief well. 

This case study demonstrates how single relief well contingency can be achieved using a Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) - a piece of specialist subsea equipment that enables operators to stop a blowout from a prolific reservoir safely and efficiently, by increasing the pump rate of kill mud into the blowing well.

In being able to kill a blowing well with just 1 relief well as opposed to 4 intercepts, this operator experienced significant cost savings, a reduction in resources required and made zero modifications to the size of the completion bore as direct impacts of using the RWIS

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How to Achieve Single Relief Well Contingency

Add Energy and Trendsetter Engineering’s article on Single Relief Well Contingency has been published in the SPE Norwegian Magazine, December 2017 edition.

The article discusses advice on how to manage and comply with the most recent changes to drilling and well regulations in Norway, where changes in relation to Section 86 were updated in 2015 and now states: "In the event of a well control incident, it shall be possible to regain well control by intervening directly in or on the well or by drilling one (1) relief well.”

Click here to read the article and learn more about single relief well solutions.

Add Energy’s Well Control Expert delivers successful Blowout Contingency Planning Course in Perth

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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

Course Attendees:

  • 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

Course History:
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 :

Very well organised with good pace and interaction!!
Good course. Good presenter

Future Courses:

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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Add Energy share "real life" insights into the dynamic world of engineering in their first official appointment as UWA-SPE partners

The University of Western Australia chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE UWA) represents students from UWA who are interested in pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry. For 2017, Add Energy have been selected to join the SPE UWA team as an official partner. As part of this partnership, Add Energy have been brought into the program to mentor and guide the young, multi-discipline workforce of the future.