Stuck Pipe Prevention (Coming Soon)
Stuck Pipe is, and historically has been, a major headache for the Oil & Gas Industry. Many wells have become more challenging in terms of well trajectories, hole size [smaller] and because we are more focussed on pushing the ‘drilling limit’. On the other hand, rigs are now equiped with better mud systems, downhole sensors and rotary steerable systems, to name a few, and many operators pay more emphasis on following the well in real time as well as having effective office to rig communication, no matter how remote the drilling location is.
It is easy to understand and accept that prevention of stuck pipe makes a lot more economical sense than even the best of freeing tools and techniques. The recovery from a stuck pipe situation can be very time consuming and often leads to the loss in hole of expensive downhole tools.
The single most important factor in achieving successful prevention has to do with people. This applies to those working at the well site, as much as it does to those planning the well in the office. It requires a strong sense of teamwork. However, a good team at the well site cannot prevent stuck pipe if the planning and subsequent decision making is poor or sub-optimal.
Neither will the office team be able to have a marked impact on events at the well site if the well site team does not manage the risks or use their skills and vigilance to detect or recognise signs from the hole. Stuck pipe incidents and associated costs will only drop to acceptable levels when everyone involved in drilling – i.e. the operating companies, drilling contractors and service companies – combine their efforts.
The Course Contents:
The course homes in what the Office Staff needs to know and plan for and what the Field Staff need to know and implement. This includes:
The course is meant for staff directly or indirectly involved in the delivery of challenging wells such as office-based planning and operations well engineers and field-based operator/contractor supervisory staff
The course can be delivered as a:
It will be important to get to know the preliminary well design as well as the intended attendees, so that the trainer can home in on the unique details of the challenges that the client is facing. Furthermore, in order to prepare well specific presentation material, it is advisable to give provider PTS an advance notice of approximately 2 to 3 months. Other request, such as syndicate style workshop sessions can also be discussed at per clients’ requirements.
About the Instructor:
Gerard de Blok has 41 years of experience as a Well Engineer for a major O&G Company. Over the span of his career Gerard was employed as a Drilling Supervisor and as a Well Engineering Learning Facilitator. He has a great interest and has been actively involved in matter related to well control since 1994, notably his period as IWCF Chairman in the 1990’s. Gerard is an IWCF and IADC approved Instructor and Assessor and provides lectures on Well Engineering topics like Basic and Advanced Well Engineering, Stuck Pipe Prevention and HPHT Planning & Well Control.