The Activities and Guidelines of the Well Life Cycle Practices Forum
- Theodora Tucker (Oil & Gas UK)
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- Offshore Technology Conference
- Offshore Technology Conference, 30 April-3 May, Houston, Texas, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2012. Offshore Technology Conference
- 2.1.7 Deepwater Completions, 3 Production and Well Operations, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 7.1.8 Asset Integrity, 1.1 Well Planning, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 6.5.5 Oil and Chemical Spills, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.6 Natural Gas, 1.7.5 Well Control
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The Well Life Cycle Practices Forum (WLCPF) was formed following the UKresponse to the Macondo tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. Inresponse to Macondo, Oil & Gas UK brought together representatives ofoperators, drilling contractors, regulators and trade unions to form the OilSpill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG). In addition todeveloping and building an emergency capping device, assessing and improvingoil spill response capability, and reviewing indemnity and insuranceliabilities, OSPRAG also carried out a review of the UK industry's approach tovarious aspects of well control. OSPRAG published a series of recommendationsin October 2010 which led to the creation of the WLCPF under Oil & Gas UKto help the UK upstream industry implement the recommendations. The WLCPF alsoserves as a forum to discuss pan-industry well-related issues and to interfacewith the UK regulators.
Results, Observations, and Conclusions
The WLCPF has published a series of guidelines to help UK operators comply moreeffectively with regulations and to improve the UK industry's understanding ofwell integrity issues. Six workgroups, with input from over 60 companies andorganisations, have produced guidelines on: BOP issues; relief well planningrequirements; well integrity throughout the well life cycle; competency;behaviours and human factors; well examination and verification.
Significance of Subject Matter
The UK upstream industry has confidence that the UK regulatory environmentdrives the right behaviours to prevent a major well-control incident.Nevertheless, there are areas in which there is scope for improvement. Theguidelines produced by WLCPF, and the WLCPF model itself, could be used byother oil and gas producing provinces to reduce risks in well operations.
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