Solutions for “Source Control and Loss of Containment”

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Thomas Selbekk, one of Add Energy’s Vice Presidents of Well Control and Blowout Support,  was one of the key contributors and technical experts presenting at the “SpillCon” conference in Perth, Australia. The event was organized by AMOSC (Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre) , AIP (Australian Institute of Petroleum) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and ran for 4 days at the end of May 2019.

During the event, Thomas contributed to a “source control” workshop, with our technical partners, Trendsetter Engineering. During this workshop, they provided insights into best practice based on experience gained from previous incidents, strategic advice around well control and discussed technical solutions available to the market within this arena. The workshop was hosted by NOPSEMA and included representatives from major oil and gas companies, as well as the regulators from Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

On day 3, Thomas was also invited to present Add Energy and Trendsetter Engineering’s well control hardware and engineering solution (the RWIS - Relief Well Injection Spool) in the “Offshore & Subsea Containment Focus” session. 

On the last day of the event, SpillCon organized a golf tournament at the internationally acclaimed golf course “Lake Karrinyup”. The tournament was won by Thomas Selbekk -  great event all round!

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About the RWIS: 

The RWIS has been designed and built to significantly increase the pumping capacity of a single relief well by pumping in excess of 200 barrels of kill mud per minute through a single relief well, four times as much kill fluid as typically achievable. A significant advance for the industry which utilizes multiple vessels as opposed to the alternative method requiring multiple relief wells.

In addition to the RWIS assuring single relief well contingency, the RWIS also enables operators to optimize well economics and help unlock projects that wouldn’t normally be sanctioned. In purchasing access rights to the RWIS, operators are able to comply with legislation and reduce the number of wells required to meet production targets by increasing the completion size of the well bore, reducing CAPEX costs and maximizing production.