The importance of perfectly functioning well control equipment
Well control equipment is the most important part of any drilling project. We all know that once a well is ‘out of control’ it is very difficult, dangerous, and expensive to rectify. A blow out or a fire is our worst nightmare. For this reason there is no such thing as being too detail oriented or diligent.
We would prefer to re-start an audit of important well control equipment over again from the beginning, if we are not 100% sure of the current condition and operating capabilities. Most drilling teams will know what to be careful of and the common issues to look for.
You need extra help for your procedure and audit surveys
The importance of having an outside inspection team coming in and doing their own due diligence can not be overestimated. Just as in medicine, a second opinion from a specialist should never undermine the original doctor. A specialist auditor and surveyor of your well control equipment is a must, this is the general view of the industry.
We carefully plan in advance of arriving on site. We draw upon any relevant information that we can find, and review notes from similar projects in the past. This is done in the calm environment of our office base. Then when we arrive on site, we follow a strict procedure which has been refined by us, but ensuring that it is in accordance with your companies preferred procedure too.
If you want to get a second opinion of a medical issue, who do you want to do it? The cheapest specialist doctor? The closest one geographically? Or the best in the World?
We agree, and this is why we perform our tasks in this critical area as well as, or better than anyone in the world. You will see this from the very first day of working with us, as we take control and responsibility of this immensely important role.
These are the services that we can offer in this category:
– Well Control Equipment condition surveys / audits (BOP stack, Choke & Kill Manifolds, C&K line, Control Panels, Koomey Units, Mud Gas Separators, and other associated equipment)
– Well Control Procedure surveys / audits
– Well Control Manual documents (original or revisions)