Drilling advances ///

Nearly 28 years ago, the results of a root cause investigation into a North Sea blowout read much like an instructional manual of what not to do, to maintain control of a high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) well. Unfortunately, at least one well control expert believes that many of those lessons remain unlearned. “In all honesty, we haven’t changed anything,” says Bill Burch, executive V.P. of operations and engineering for Mercury Well Control. “We have the same way of doing things, and we expect different outcomes when we go into these deeper (HPHT) wells.”

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