ON APRIL 13-14, the International Association of Drilling Contractors is to stage a major conference on well control, which is an aspect of upstream petroleum that is assuming greater importance than ever. This is driven by a cocktail of factors, notably tight money, the drive to deeper waters and higher pressures and temperatures.
Regulatory issues are becoming more complex and new technologies ask for new approaches. According to the IADC, “it is more important than ever to concentrate on best practices, sensible regulation and new technologies to protect people, the environment and our public image”.
The 2010 IADC Well Control Europe promises to bring together well-control experts and drilling professionals from across the world to discuss the latest trends, advances and case studies in this important discipline, including new technology, regulations and standards, operational practices and training.
This conference is intended to inform – typically IADC, that means to the point. And it will be kicked off with a keynote from Neil Forrest, who is global training centre manager for Transocean in Singpaore.
It will explore most, if not all, major issues, from equipment design for deepwater application to managed pressure drilling; an array of the latest technologies and their value/application; drilling and well control using a partly evacuated marine drilling riser; high-pressure and temperature applications, and case studies.