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The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) are pleased to announce the SPE/IADC Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition. Technologies designed to control annular pressure during drilling, inclusive of Underbalanced Drilling, Managed Pressure Drilling and Dual Gradient Drilling are being used in many forms around the world. UBD continues to maximize reservoir performance, while MPD techniques spanning onshore performance drilling and offshore deep and shallow water prospects serve to enhance drilling safety and minimize NPT. Once considered a futuristic technology, DGD is now a reality with numerous wells drilled, and many exciting prospects on the horizon. New applications of these drilling practices take place every year, and their frequency continues to grow.
While President Donald Trump's administration was working to relax offshore drilling regulations, there was a spike in offshore accidents and a decrease in safety inspections, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. Launched in May 2019 to deliver critical safety information to offshore oil and gas workers, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s BSEE!Safe text notification service now has more than 5,300 subscribers. As a result of its investigation into the incident and its findings, the bureau recommends that operators increase scrutiny in the design, placement, and maintenance of their subsea infrastructure. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is launching a safety initiative to bring critical information directly to offshore workers on the outer continental shelf. The BSEE!Safe program uses text messages to send links to its published Safety Alerts and Bulletins.
The video features some of the leaders who helped the nation respond to the event. On 20 April 2010, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon, drilling at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 crew and caused a major oil spill. The accident and spill forever changed the industry. Research suggests that the formation of the deep plume was unrelated to the addition of subsea dispersants.
The video features some of the leaders who helped the nation respond to the event. On 20 April 2010, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon, drilling at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 crew and caused a major oil spill. The accident and spill forever changed the industry. The response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was affected by heat. This paper evaluates the association between environmental heat exposure and self-reported heat-related symptoms in US Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon disaster responders.
Despite the drilling industry’s shift toward managed pressure drilling (MPD) over the past half-decade, underbalanced drilling (UBD) continues to be a desirable option for many operations today. A brief primer on managed pressure drilling (MPD) and how it compares with underbalanced drilling (UBD). New technology and innovation will always be key elements for the successful development of oil and gas reserves, and continued R&D activities are essential to meet this objective.
Well control is built around huge steel machines, but the future of the business is digital. Data have become a critical asset as operators and service companies work to increase the safety and reliability of their products and operations. A new blowout preventer design shows potential for delivering much greater shearing power than current BOPs. The design is simpler and more efficient than current BOPs.