World Oilfield Forum
Has anyone ever wondered about how it is that Transocean doesn't have a drilling contract in Mexico for deep and ultra-deep wells using its 6th generation semi-submersibles? Has anyone ever wondered how it is that a home-grown Mexican company, Grupo R, has three such semi's under contract with Pemex, despite no experience outside of Mexico or outside a Pemex contract?
In the course of preparing a report on the outlook for the implementation of the cross-border oil agreement that came…Continue
Added by George Baker on January 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
What are your thoughts on having video on drilling rigs?
Do they change the safety culture?
Please comment only if you have experience with video.
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I was in Nigeria for Camco, Now Shclumberger and was on a stimulation boat. We pumped a product supplied by Shell oil called EPO sand. I did not realize until later in life that it had damaged my liver. When I went to Nigeria, My cholesterol was below 200 I did not know what a triglyceride was. Now years later my cholesterol is 650 and my triglycerides are above 1700.
I have had one pancreatitis' attack and my prognosis is not good. I recently…Continue
Today being World Scleroderma Day, please take a moment to read and be aware. O/G workers have the highest risk of developing this according to government statistics due to exposure to silica dust. My mom got this disease from being nearby a tar roofing operation for several months. It is terribly painful, debilitating and has no cure and little to no treatment. Please take precautions on the job -or for those who aren't feeling well and aren't sure why- this is commonly missed or…Continue
I have heard rumors that some companies have established Cement Integrity Simulators, where teams can be trained in a series of what-if situations to help prepare them not to make the same mistakes as were made on DWH.
If so, I would regard such training as a very positive safety innovation that (indeed) may be traced back to Macondo.
Does anyone have any facts to share about such simulators? Or, are the rumors of such simulators mere simulations of post-Macondo safety…Continue
Added by George Baker on June 22, 2013 at 7:32am — No Comments
Had a argument with my Pusher about the proper way to pin our Derreck on the racking board side.
Please help me if you know?
What I now believe is that my question, which I've asked on several industry forums, What specific improvements in offshore safety can be specifically tied back to the causes of the Macondo incident?, is unanswerable. That is, given the number of lawyers in Houston, no IOC (or anyone else, including IHS) is going to want to go on record as giving an answer to this basic question.
So we are in the paradoxical situation of having so many safety glitches on Macondo, from an…Continue
The Joint Industry Task Forces (JITFs) that were established soon after the Macondo blowout were intended to convince regulators and the public that Industry was serious about improving safety and environmental standards.
Then a curious thing happened on the way to the bank . . . all the real and imagined lawsuits in the air meant that it would be unwise to speak about the CAUSES of the accident.
The stakeholders were cynically advised by their lawyers (or so one imagines) to…Continue
I attended the safety panel and presentations at OTC-2013 in the expectation of being able to write a report on the "Advances in Offshore Safety." Hmm. It hasn't worked out that way so far.
The blow-out, explosions and ensuing oil spill at the Macondo well in 2010 led to changes in the industry, both cosmetic and substantive. Of these, the American public knows only about the cosmetic ones, starting with changes in the names of agencies responsible for federal oversight of operators…Continue
At a two-hour, Mexican-style lunch today with a consulting geologist (retired eight years from Shell), I put up for our discussion the hypothetical distinction between a safety culture for drilling versus a safety culture for production. He observed that “the nature of the safety challenge changes daily—sometimes hourly—in drilling, whereas on a production platform the risks are evenly distributed, and every day is pretty much the same as the day before.”
We discussed (again) the…Continue
Added by George Baker on May 31, 2013 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Last night, reading over the 9 characteristics of a "robust safety culture," I had the sensation that they purpose was to convey the idea that had such a culture existed on DWH, the Macondo accident would have been prevented. I made a 2-column table in Excel: 1 column for the 9 points, the other for "Applicability to DWH." For all but one of the points (Continuous Improvement), I was able to identify a specific issue at DWH.
It's telling that BSEE makes a point of saying that it's not…Continue
On May 13, 2013, I had a long chat in the Galleria-area office of Charlie Williams, the executive director of the Center for Offshore Safety (whose earlier career had been with Shell). One of the topics that we discussed was whether or not the case could be made that there is a distinct safety culture that applies to offshore drilling, and another safety culture that applies to offshore production.
This distinction was raised at a session of OTC 2013 by Ian Sutton, a panelist,…Continue
Dear members,may i know please how to calculate washout %?if actual annular volume is 786 bbls and guage hole volume is 796 bbls.Thanks"
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Added by Hashim ali on April 11, 2013 at 5:15am — No Comments
recently I came across a question where I needed to calculate the capacity of a pipe for which I had just od and weight. I normally use the simple formula that is id2 -od2 divided by 1029.4
this works for annular capacity.
the same thing works for pipe capacity as id2/1029.4 if just pipe capacity is required but what if I don't have an id and just weight lb/ft.any one have any ideas?
thanks and regards
Feb. 8th, 2013
In the course of my fishing duties, up here in the Bakken, I have run into a problem that is…Continue
I sit here today, writing this, and hiding out from a cold snap that will get anyone’s attention. It is 31 below zero. I feel like Boris Pasternak writing Dr. Zhivago.
As a Texas hand working up here for 2 years now, I have had to make some adjustments to my lifestyle to live and work in…Continue
If criminal negligence includes the notion of "failure to act," then the failures to act by managers onboard the Deepwater Horizon who were BP's contractors (Transocean, Halliburton and others) should also be subject to criminal prosecution. "I didn't make the final decision" should not be a defense, as everyone who did not object (and loudly) to proceeding in the face of two failed well integrity tests is complicit.
My article (linked below) discusses the safety audit on the…Continue
Many of you might have noticed Chesapeake Energy Corporation in the news lately as investors have asked that Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon step down under allegations of corporate misconduct. It seems investors found improprieties with McClendon selling Chesapeake…Continue
Added by Joseph Free on November 13, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments