We monitor IOGP’s ‘Well control Incident lesson sharing’ which is a regular email that alerts the industry to recent incidents with the hope of sharing knowledge and preventing future well control incidents.
IOGP shared well control lesson 2021-5 ‘New technologies (e.g. MPD) & Human Factors vs. well control basics’ on 1 June 2021. This lesson learned relates to the potential risk when introducing new technology.
In this lesson, the well was successfully shut in, but ineffective communication and lack of understanding of new technology resulted in a large influx. The following investigation showed problems relating to training and procedures associated with new types of technology.
We have created a short explanation about how it relates back to IWCF’s Drilling and Well Intervention Pressure Control syllabi.
There has been several well control incidents similar to the one highlighted above. Due to this, in June 2021, IOGP released their info sheet ‘Managing the introduction of new technology in well operations’. It includes important considerations when introducing new technology including:
- risk assessment
- developing a risk response plan
- defining performance standards, and
- learning to improve from successes and failures.
Appendix A of IOGP’s info sheet contains a detailed list of 30 new oilfield technologies and suggests possible mitigations. You can download the info sheet here.