Drilling Support Center -in its true sense - a Russian Operator Experience
- Mehmet Ali Bakici (TNK-BP) | Ivan Ivanovich Sarkisov (TNK-BP) | Azat Anasovich Garifullin (TNK-BP) | Gokhan Haydar Aker (TNK-BP)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Russian Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Technical Conference and Exhibition, 16-18 October, Moscow, Russia
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- Conference Paper
- 2012. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.14 Casing and Cementing, 1.6.7 Geosteering / Reservoir Navigation, 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.6.1 Drilling Operation Management, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 1.6.6 Directional Drilling, 7.7.1 New Technology Deployment, 1.1 Well Planning, 5.1.5 Geologic Modeling, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 1.12.5 Real Time Data Transmission
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Operators and service companies are considering alternative methods to remedy shortage of qualified and experienced staff to manage increasing activity and complexity. TNK-BP's approach has been creation of Drilling Support Center (DSC) as part of upstream peer review and technology center in Tyumen. The Company has eleven subsidiaries spread across Russia, and operations are managed by 6 regional drilling teams. DSC is centrally located to ensure geographical coverage of both eastern and western regions, with a mission to improve drilling performance, as well as support new technology implementation.
Main drivers for creating DSC were:
- Increasing complexity of wells and wide geographical spread,
- Limited drilling personnel with experience and expertise,
- Commencing international operations requiring central support,
The center currently provides support in three main directions; firstly, monitoring complex and critical operations using real-time link from rigs by experienced staff with relevant expertise, including regular contact with operations teams to provide proactive feedback. Second direction is engineering support to well planning and new technology implementation by experienced specialists in directional drilling, cementing, drilling fluids, completions and drillbits. Third direction is Geosteering support of horizontal wells including real-time update of sector models. The center is active over a year now and subsidiaries regularly contact DSC for critical operations review.
Drilling support centers are used to some extend by many operators and service companies across the world. Some operators use it as a center of excellence for collaborative multidiscipline design, execution, and evaluation of key well operations and improve well performance. Other examples of operator usage are in the form of pure drilling operations support or subsurface Geosteering support. The goal of TNK-BP is not only support drilling operations in real-time but also to have engineering input and problem solving capabilities, hence optimize well operations with ultimate aim of establishing the first tryuly collaborative multidiscipline well design, execution, and evaluation center in Russia with addition of subsurface discipline. With this in mind, DCS has started operatinons in November 2010 and gradually became an integral part of day-to-day operations management of the TNK BP Upstream Technology and Operations Drilling department.
In addition to corporate functions located in Moscow, DCS in Tyumen is included in daily operations reviews, engineering program development and Geosteering applications. With recruitment of qualified specialists from various backgrounds to all three functions mentioned above, namely both from service industry and operators, the center is now well positioned to take up the role as defined in the strategy. The initial obstacles related to formation and roles of DCS were addressed in a timely manner to avoid typical concerns like "big brother?? syndrome, or resistance to change. All parties concerned were invited to contribute in roles and responsibilities definiton, and an interaction document was created to serve as relationship framework with input from all concerned. Supported by the engineering software suit and real-time data transmission facilities, the multi-disciplinary team has been performing duties without dublication of the role in target subsidiaries or corporate center.
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