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Joint industry project to establish industrywide BOP Reliability Database

A new joint industry project (JIP) to establish an industrywide BOP Reliability Database recently formalized the initial phase of work. The ultimate aim is to produce a single source of quality information on the performance of BOP systems.

The JIP was initiated jointly by IADC and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). Participating companies include oil and gas producers, drilling contractors and equipment manufacturers.

“The new JIP combines two groups who had previously worked in parallel to collect BOP performance data. The Subsea BOP Users Executive Group, or ‘Group of 7,’ and the IOGP Wells Expert Committee BOP Task Force, realized a single JIP with a common language could more effectively track BOP data used for increasing safety and reliability of BOPs,” said Bob Blank, Vice President of Operations Excellence, Noble Drilling, one of the contractors who developed the original system.

“The vision of the JIP is to develop an effective data collection methodology for blowout preventer equipment, together with a well-structured database that is underpinned by an effective governance process, based on input from both groups,” Mr Blank said.

“The JIP has been designed as a unique collaborative program with the objective of gathering high-quality, industrywide, statistically significant data to improve the industry’s approach to BOP maintenance and integrity management and to feed field experience back to designers,” said Patrick Toutain, IOGP Safety Director.

Participants include the “Group of 7”: Ensco International, Noble Drilling Services, Diamond Offshore Company, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Seadrill Americas, Pacific Drilling Services and Maersk Drilling USA. Also included are the three primary manufacturers and suppliers of BOP systems – Cameron, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco; as well as operators Anadarko, BP, Chevron, CNOOC/Nexen, ExxonMobil, Kosmos, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total.

Each participating company in the JIP has a seat on the Board of Directors, which met on 28 January in Houston. One of the Board’s first items of business was electing an Oversight Committee to handle day-to-day operations of the JIP. The Oversight Committee elected includes contractors Diamond Offshore, Ensco, Noble Drilling, and Pacific Drilling; producers include BP, Chevron and Statoil; and all three manufacturers and suppliers. IADC will act as project coordinator.

The JIP is building on a database originally developed by the Group of 7. The database will support BOP system reliability, integrity and availability assessments; monitor BOP component reliability performance trends over time; support improvements in BOP testing and maintenance decisions and support long-term improvements in BOP system design.

Mark Siegmund, BP Advisor for Wells  Reliability and Chair of the IOGP Wells Expert Committee BOP Task Force, said, “We have a committed group of companies and individuals who have a sincere interest in further enhancing the reliability of BOP equipment, and we believe that this effort will have a positive future impact.”

IADC Houston Chapter awards scholarships to 25 students from 4 Texas universities

University of Houston students Anas Ebrahim, Daniel Rodriguez, Spencer Richards, Hamdi Sherif, Megan Wood and Willians Padilla receive IADC Houston Chapter scholarships.
University of Houston students from the Cullen College of Engineering (from left) Anas Ebrahim, Daniel Rodriguez, Spencer Richards, Hamdi Sherif, Megan Wood and Willians Padilla each received a scholarship for the 2015/2016 school year from the IADC Houston Chapter.

The IADC Houston Chapter has awarded 25 students from four Texas universities with scholarships for the 2015/2016 school year.

Each student selected by their university to participate in the interview process was awarded the scholarship based on their overall GPA in engineering or related studies, leadership skills, internship experience and overall interest in the oil and gas industry. Students selected attend Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas and the University of Houston.

Money for the scholarships was raised from the Houston Chapter’s annual golf tournament and other local events. For the 2015/2016 school year, the chapter raised $84,000 for the fund.

“Our ability to provide scholarships is a direct reflection of the participation and support of all of our local members,” said Chris Menefee, Vice President, Business Development for Independence Contract Drilling and Houston Chapter Scholarship Chairman. “Without the continued support of our members in these events, the scholarship program would not be possible.”

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