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Communications at the Wellsite



  1. IOGP 423 HSE Management–Guidelines for Working Together in a Contract Environment: This document provides guidance on HSE management throughout the lifecycle of a contract between operators and drilling contractors. It could be used as a framework to provide specific guidance on well control communications at the wellsite.
  2. API Bulletin 97 – Well Control Interface Document: Bulletin 97 details the recommended content of a well construction interface (bridging) document between operators and contractors, including well control procedures, management of change procedures, roles and responsibilities. While not specifically inclusive of other vendors in the well control bridging document process, the structure of the recommendations lends itself to their inclusion. This document is specific to US operations, as it points specifically to BSEE’s SEMS regulations.
  3. IADC HSE Case Guidelines for Bridging Documents. Previously known as the Well Design and Execution Agreement, this document, currently in draft form, serves to detail the content of a bridging document to facilitate communication between an operator and a contractor by integrating the contractor’s HSE Case and operating guidelines and the operator’s operational management system. The guidelines cover well control practices and barrier management. Although it builds on the framework of API Bulletin 97, this document is intended to be global in nature, and does not reference specific regulatory requirements. It is currently in draft form awaiting final review.
  4. NORSOK D-010 Drilling and Well Operations Standard: This document contains a section on Well Handover Documentation which details information to be passed from the well construction team to the production operations team.
  5. Norwegian Oil and Gas 117 Recommended Guidelines on Well Integrity: A section of this document details information to capture in the well handover document from the well construction team to the well production team. 117 includes the NORSOK list and additional items Norwegian Oil and Gas members feel are important to include in the handover.
  6. IOGP 501, 502 & 503. IOGP’s Wells Expert Committee has developed a number of resources designed to promote Well Operations Crew Resource Management (WOCRM). These are IOGP 501, Crew Resource Management for Well Operations Teams; IOGP 502, Guidelines for implementing Well Operations Crew Resource Management training; and IOGP 503, Behavioural Markers for Assessing Well Operations Crew Resource Management skills. WOCRM focuses on non-technical skills such as teamwork, leadership, situation awareness, managing stress, and decision making. The concept has since been successfully translated to a wide range of other higher-hazard industries, such as the fire services, marine, rail, mining and healthcare. These documents are designed to introduce well operations crews to WOCRM skills in stand-alone courses that may or not include simulation. However, it is hoped that over time these skills can be routinely practiced and assessed in ongoing technical well control training and refreshers.
  7. NSOAF Multi-National Audit: Audit results published by the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum found there was often no gap analysis between client and drilling contractor systems and documentation when arranging bridging arrangements, especially in relation to well control manuals and procedures. Exclusion of third party contractors from the interfacing arrangements was also common. The audit found that some well control manuals were not sufficiently rig specific.
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