Blowout Contingency

Preparing your organization for the unthinkable

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Reduce response time in the event of an incident

Assure competency to minimize risk

Reduce costs associated with drilling and intervention

Identify the most efficient and effective contingency measures for your business

We perform studies and deliver solutions for blowout contingency, as a preventive measure to reduce the cost and risk associated with drilling operations.

Blowout and Kill Simulations

We perform transient multiphase flow simulations of hypothetical blowout scenarios to identify and evaluate potential flow rates and kill requirements by use of our unique software, OLGA®-WELL-KILL, which is tailor-made for well and well control simulations.

Relief Well Planning and Solutions

We develop detailed relief well plans from the basis of our experience with actual incidents. The relief well plans will identify potential constraints and propose design solutions with details on spud locations, well trajectories, ranging (homing in) strategies and intersection methods.

The RWIS (Relief Well Injection Spool)

A patented piece of specialist subsea equipment that enables operators to stop a blowout from prolific reservoirs safely and efficiently via a single relief well.

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Blowout Contingency Planning and Solutions

We develop detailed blowout contingency plans that meet operator specific requirements and governmental regulations and standards (e.g. NORSOK D-010). Blowout contingency plans will typically include identification of potential scenarios with evaluations of intervention methods, mitigation options and kill requirements.

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Simulations while Drilling

We perform real time simulations based on MWD data to reduce the cost and risk associated with drilling operations, for example; provide the required support for drilling the entire reservoir section without setting an additional casing string.

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Casing Magnetization

We pre-magnetize casing as a preventive measure to reduce the cost and risk associated with relief well drilling operations. A pre-magnetized casing will improve the likelihood of a successful intersection, especially in challenging ranging situations such as shallow reservoirs and salt formations.

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Spill Drill Support

We participate as an integral part of spill drill teams and share our extensive experience from live incidents combined with transient flow simulation competence. Outcome of our contribution includes soft shut-in procedures and cap and containment design.

BOP and Well Control Equipment Audits

We verify that the BOP and its associated well control equipment are maintained, inspected, certified and tested in compliance with regulatory requirements and international standards.

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Blowout Contingency Training

We offer advanced training courses in the area of blowout contingency and regulatory requirements (e.g. Principles and contents of NORSOK D-010).

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“Gaining access rights to the RWIS, as a contingency measure, enabled us to build a business case for larger wells to be developed, allowing us to meet production targets with less investment.”

Project Showcase: Unlocking Drilling and Exploration Capabilities

Project Goal

To evaluate and design casing magnetization requirements for a major Norwegian operator, a shallow gas reservoir was to be explored where the design of relief well for potential blowout was extremely challenging, due to difficulties associated with ranging and detection.

What We Did

Add Energy designed a relief well utilizing passive magnetic ranging techniques and magnetized the casing shoe track to prepare the well for challenging ranging operations

The Result

The magnetization enabled the operator to obtain consent for drilling and exploration.

Key contacts

Morten Haug Emilsen

Morten Haug Emilsen

EVP - Well Control and Blowout Support

morten.haug.emilsen@addenergy.no
Ray Tommy Oskarsen

Ray Tommy Oskarsen

SVP - Well Control and Blowout Support

ray.oskarsen@addenergy.no

Our Experience

Our experts have provided Well Kill support and strategic advice on more than 70 incidents, including the Montara, Macondo, Elgin and the Porter Ranch blowouts.

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Drilling and Well Operations Blog

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The energy industry is ever-evolving. As technologies advance and new generations enter the workforce, it is important that we adapt and learn from the past in order to thrive within such a fast-paced and challenging environment.

Add Energy’s guest blogger, Geir Karlsen gives an insight into important lessons learned throughout a 35-year career in the oil and gas sector.  

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Add Energy is an international oil and gas consultancy and service provider offering solutions across the E&P value chain, to help operators enhance performance, assure integrity and unlock efficiencies in their operations.

New perspectives, the right mindset and a shared vision to succeed

21 Dec 2020

New perspectives, the right mindset and a shared vision to succeed

It cannot be denied that 2020 has been a year like no other. Based in the Australian office, Eduardo Robaina, Add Energy’s Executive Vice President of Drilling and Well Engineering, guided his team through a year of highs and lows. From bushfires to Covid-19 and regionalized lockdowns, the challenges have been constant.

With a focus on strengthening relationships, entering new markets, and improving capabilities, Eduardo is eager to explore the opportunities that await Add Energy in 2021.

In this interview, which forms part of our ‘The Big Picture: leading our team into the future’ series, Eduardo takes some time to explore lessons learned during 2020 and how his team grew during a period of economic decline.

REFLECTION

Pause, assess, collaborate: a recipe for success during a crisis

18 Dec 2020

Pause, assess, collaborate: a recipe for success during a crisis

Based in Oslo, Norway, EVP Morten Haug Emilsen leads Add Energy’s global Well Control team - a group of highly experienced individuals dedicated to preventing and killing blowouts and optimizing production.

Having responded to more than 70 blowouts worldwide the last three decades, Morten and his team are used to working in uncertain, high pressure environments - and this invaluable experience helped them to survive and thrive during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

In this blog post, which forms part of our leadership interview series, Morten explores his key takeaways from the past year in business, how his team has pulled together to deliver great results for clients, and how he plans to lead his team into the new year ahead...

REFLECTION

Working smarter with less to maximize production and assure well control

29 Oct 2020

Working smarter with less to maximize production and assure well control

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

5 daily habits of an effective Drilling Manager

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5 daily habits of an effective Drilling Manager

It takes a highly motivated, dynamic and experienced individual to be a successful Drilling Manager. Not only do Drilling Managers have to ensure drilling operations are carried out in accordance with approved procedures and industry standards, but it is key for this to be completed in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Top considerations for an effective blowout contingency plan

24 Sep 2020

Top considerations for an effective blowout contingency plan

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

How to reduce response time when the unthinkable happens

03 Sep 2020

How to reduce response time when the unthinkable happens

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.