API Releases New Well Construction Guidelines

API Director of Standards David Miller announced the publication of a new oil and natural gas industry bulletin for well construction interface, the latest of several standards developed or strengthened as a result of post-Macondo task force recommendations.

“API standards help the oil and natural gas industry produce the energy to fuel our economy in a safe and responsible manner,” said Miller. “These well construction guidelines will help lease operators and drilling contractors ensure that they are on the same page when it comes to safety. We are constantly working to ensure industry standards reflect the best practices, technologies, safety standards and environmental protections possible.”

API Bulletin 97, Well Construction Interface Document Guidelines, provides guidance on information that is to be shared regarding well construction and rig specific operating guidelines. It is intended to align the lease operator’s safety and environmental management system (SEMS) with drilling contractor’s safe work practices (CSWP).

Immediately after the Macondo incident, the oil and natural gas industry formed joint industry task forces (JITFs) to examine every aspect of its safety systems, including equipment, operating practices, sub-sea well control, and spill response with the objective of strengthening industry standards. The JITFs also worked with the Department of the Interior and the presidential commission to help with their recommendations for offshore safety improvements, including changes to regulations.

API and the industry have a commitment to continuous improvement, and Bulletin 97 is the latest in a list of new or updated API standards focused on safe and environmentally responsible operations in the offshore that have directly resulted from the JITF recommendations. Others include:

– Standard 65-2, Isolating Potential Flow Zones During Well Construction

– Standard 53, Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for Drilling Wells

– Recommended Practice 96, Deepwater Well Design and Construction

– Recommended Practice 98, Selection of Personal Protective Equipment

– 2nd Edition of Recommended Practice 17H, Remotely Operated Tools and Interfaces on Subsea Production Systems

“API leads the world in setting standards for the oil and natural gas industry,” Miller said. “Safety is always our highest priority.”

Press Release, December 05, 2013

 

Share this article

Follow Offshore Energy Today

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Africa Oil Week 2020

For over 25 years Africa Oil Week has been the meeting place for Africa’s most senior E&P stakeholders.

read more >

CERAWeek 2020

 Each year, CERA clients gathered for a few days in Houston…

read more >

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases leading-edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration…

read more >

2020 EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION STANDARDS CONFERENCE ON OILFIELD EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

The development of consensus standards is one of API’s oldest and most successful programs.

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply