Issue: January 2017
Hurricane force winds led to a multi-well fire on a 30-well production platform. In spite of continuing adverse conditions, well control specialists were able to safely extinguish the blaze in 64 days, 25 of which were non-productive due to the weather.
The industry has developed new integration standards for classed mobile offshore drilling units that will help reduce the chance of incidents, promote global safety, and increase systems reliability.
Using improved methods and the latest composite frac plug technology, operators can reduce running time, enhance reliability, and achieve efficient drill-outs without short trips.
As the industry works its way out of the downturn, the need for real-time data is readily apparent. Thus, technological innovation seeks to enable more intelligent drilling to increase operational efficiency and reduce well costs. The rise of automation, in particular, is motivating operational changes that have never been considered previously, including automated casing monitoring.
As the global oil market recovers, and operators look to expand activity in Newfoundland’s deepwater tracts, local service/supply firms are working to develop niche technologies, while other companies take advantage of logistical opportunities.
Proper orientation of a fixed offshore platform can increase operational efficiency and reduce the probability of HSE incidents. A technique designed to improve technical safety was applied to a platform near the Falkland Islands, resulting in a best design compromise between specified parameters.
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