posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 08:48 AM
Originally posted by rickymouse
Have you read of any other wells in the same area having problems?
As I understand it all the wells there are difficult because those are the hottest, highest pressure reservoirs being tapped. The technology isn't up
Daniel F. Eby of Wild Well Control tells us this in Offshore Magazine.....
"Pre-planning for well control events is not done as a matter of routine. No operator enjoys playing what-if games regarding a blowout. However, as
the industry continues to drill more difficult high temperature high pressure (HTHP) wells, the likelihood of well control problems for these types of
wells will increase."
"In addition to the standard well control training, rig crews, mud loggers, mud engineers, etc. can be trained in the aspects of HTHP drilling that
are different than normal operations.
This training should include abnormal pressure detection, well control shut-in procedures, kick handling methods, and other subjects directly related
to the project. The training can take different forms. Recently, an operator drilling an HTHP well in the North Sea constructed a one-day HTHP school
for the rig personnel that was very effective."
Is this operator Total and the rig on which the one day school was held the Elgin Platform? The highly competent staff of the Elgin Platform aren't
qualified to teach handling an HTHP well. No one is qualified for that yet. It's cruel putting trusting people in a dangerous environment and telling
them the obvious risks have been overcome with technology.
Beefing up the old technology isn't going to work. All HTHP wells are going to be dangerous and potentially un-pluggable.