2014 IADC Well Control Europe Conference & Exhibition

Start: 2 December 2014

End: 3 December 2014

Venue: Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Center

Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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Registration Information

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  • Registration for this event is Euro 650 per attendee.
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The 2014 IADC Well Control Conference Europe will seek to examine the innovations that are shaping the future of well control, from technology to personnel competencies.

Conference Program

Tuesday 2nd of December

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wild Well Control
Fleming Auditorium Lobby & Gordon Suite

08.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Fleming Auditorium

Drilling Better Together – Sharing Knowledge: Stephen Colville, President & CEO, IADC

Keynote Presentation: Andy Krieger, VP, Technical Functions,  Global Wells Organization, BP

09.30 IADC/OGP Joint Well Control Initiatives Steve Kropla, Vice President-Offshore Division, IADC
This presentation will highlight some of the key well control initiatives being jointly undertaken by IADC and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), primarily involving the enhancement of technical training, the introduction of non-technical skills training (crew resource management), and effort to collect subsea BOP performance information for enhanced safety and design improvements.

10:00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wild Well Control
Gordon Suite

10.30 Panel Session: What is a Safety Culture?
Moderator: Mark Denkowski, Executive Vice President – Operational Integrity, IADC

What works and what doesn’t work in establishing a culture that promotes safety? How does the individual fit into the company’s safety culture? The Safety Culture Panel will answer these questions and will discuss the importance of taking action to support and improve your company’s safety culture. The Panel will also explore the commonalities of successful safety cultures, such as universal buy-in, clearly communicated policies and procedures, and benefits of active participation.

  • Jim Paterson, UK Operations Manager, KCA Deutag Drilling Ltd.
  • Bruce Caldwell, HSEQ Manager Europe & Africa, Noble Drilling Corporation
  • Bill Burch,Executive Vice President – Operations & Engineering, Mercury Well Control
  • Brenda Kelly, Senior Director Program Development, IADC

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Ensco plc
Crombie Suite & Gordon Suite

13.30 Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations
Session Chair: Jaap van der Sijp, Well Construction Team Leader, E&P OMV Petrom S.A.

Offshore – Deepwater and Onshore Wells: A Review of Well Control Procedures Using Managed Pressure Drilling Bhavin Patel, MPD Engineer, Brian Grayson, Essam Sammat, Weatherford
A quantitative analysis of benefits of early kick detection and control compared to conventional approach will be presented. Comparisons will be made on the basis of transient kick simulations under different operational conditions. A detailed review and proposed modification to standard well control procedures to include automated detection and control will be detailed.

Influx Detected, Controlled and Circulated Out Under Managed Pressure Drilling Mode James Onifade, Drilling Engineer, Weatherford UK LTD., David Horner, Senergy
As we drill deeper and into more challenging formations, the capability of the MPD system in enhancing safety of personnel, asset, investment and the environment cannot be over-emphasized. MPD has been proven to provide immense value during drilling operations. This capability, amongst others, will be crucial if the Oil and Gas industry wants to sustain investment and enhance operational safety and excellence. During the drilling operation on which this paper is based, the MPD system proved “itself worth the investment” by enabling the operator to achieve set objectives, deal with well control incidents, mud cap displacement, and pore pressure determination.

Automatic Well Control Procedure for Kick Handling in Managed Pressure Drilling Operations Using PWD Data Jing Zhou, Senior Research Scientist, Jan-Einar Gravdal, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Per Strand, Svein Hovland, Statoil ASA
An investigation of the dynamic shut-in procedure and the automatic well control procedure adapted to backpressure MPD. The high resolution pressure measurements are buffered from PWD tool. By using backpressure MPD, the choke valve opening is tuned automatically using a feedback control method. The simulation results show that using an automatic well control procedure reduces the time needed to establish control of the well compared with dynamic shut-in procedure. It also indicates that introducing the AWC procedure reduces the risk of lost circulation.

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Wild Well Control
Gordon Suite

15.30 Industry Guidelines
Session Chair: Guido van den Bos, Regional VP Operations – Europe & SSA, National Oilwell Varco

Well Life Cycle Practices Forum – Guidelines Update Ken Cruickshank, Operations Manager, Oil & Gas UK
Numerous reports have been generated by a number of bodies around the world and the guidance and legislation in oil and gas arenas has been amended to cope with the findings of the incident. In the UKCS, our response has been to develop a number of Guidelines covering all the relevant issues and these are being continuously reviewed and updated to reflect current thinking relative to how we manage in our “goal setting” regime. Guidelines covering Relief Wells, BOP’s and Well Life Cycle Integrity have been updated in 2013/14 and Well Suspension and Abandonment due in early 2015. An update on some of the key issues that have been incorporated into the latest versions of the guidelines will be presented.

16.00 Deepwater & Ultra Deepwater Well Control
Session Chair: Guido van den Bos, Regional VP Operations – Europe & SSA, National Oilwell Varco

Well Control after Macondo: Doing More of the same and Expecting Different Results Paul Sonnemann, VP Technology, Helio Santos, SafeKick
The Macondo event has emphatically renewed the industry’s focus on well control. Much has since been done to improve equipment reliability, blowout contingency planning, barrier management, well planning, remote monitoring, and rig crew competency. It is, however, noteworthy that most well control equipment, procedures and training remain largely unchanged since that tragic event. Improvements in industry equipment and drilling practices have clear potential to improve practical well control outcomes. Examples of specific ways in which it is possible to simplify and improve secondary well control by use of equipment and procedures currently available and field proven, but often not included in well control training or field practice will be included.

Relief Well Contingency Planning John Wright, Relief Well Advisor, Wild Well Control
In the last few years, well control issues world-wide have led to a renewed focus on pre-event relief well planning from operators, service companies and regulatory bodies. In fact, a growing number of regulatory agencies are now mandating that relief well contingency plans be in place for many offshore drilling campaigns, in advance of the start of drilling operations. While regulatory agencies have presented some guidelines on the suggested content of the relief well contingency plan, an opportunity exits to optimize the planning process so that the most effective contingency plan is ultimately generated. More importantly, the relief well planning exercise also presents an opportunity for an operator to identify and remediate potential issues in relief well drilling, intersection and hydraulic communication in advance of the event. The latest relief well planning considerations will be presented, and case studies are examined in support of critical relief well design criteria.

17:00-18.30 Welcoming Reception
Gordon Suite


Wednesday 3rd of December

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition
Fleming Auditorium Lobby & Gordon Suite

08.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Fleming Auditorium

08.40 WCI–What’s Now, What’s Next Stephen Colville, President & CEO, IADC
The Well Control Institute, launched in 2013, has set an ambitious course in its efforts to improve human performance in well control. This paper details the organization and work of the WCI to date, and offers a sneak peek at the initiatives and developments in store for 2015.

09.00 Well Design and Construction Session Chair: Stein Arild Tonning, Drilling Manager, Faroe Petroleum

Dual Relief Well Operations – Challenges and Solutions Ole B. Rygg, Chief Technical Officer, Ray T. Oskarsen, Add Energy
After the Macondo incident in 2010, it has become a standard for most operators to have relief well contingency plans in place for their prolific and technically complex wells. The purpose of the plan is to familiarize all involved parties with the consequence of a blowout and properly assess the risk of a planned well operation. The relief well contingency plan may also be required to comply with regulatory requirements. Added challenges with dual relief-well operations, including intersection techniques, relief-well design, pumping restrictions, equipment challenges, rig and vessel limitations, kill fluids, storage and logistics will be discussed.

Sustained Casing Pressure Mitigation with Resin Based Cement Alternative Chris Murphy, VP Global Marine Solutions, Wild Well Control, Jorge Leal, David Brown, Jeff Watters, CSI Technologies
Focuses on the practical application of resin-based cement alternatives for sustain casing pressure remediation, including an overview of the products unique mechanical, chemical, and rheological properties which make it ideal for zonal isolation. While Portland cement is widely used for well remediation its success ratio is far from optimal at shutting off fluid flow. This session demonstrates, through a review of case histories, the successful mitigation of sustained casing pressure with resin sealant. The objective is to minimize remediation cost to operators by alleviating SCP with a product that outperforms cement.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
Gordon Suite

10.30 Well Control Competencies
Session Chair: John Monks, Managing Director, Europe, Africa & Mediterranean, Northern Offshore UK Ltd

Competence Assessment of Well Leadership David Lobdell, Competence Management Manager, Cris Harder, BP
BP is drilling, completing and maintaining some of the most challenging wells in the world. Our well site leaders have the responsibility for conducting well drilling and intervention operations with greater understanding, awareness, and adherence to BP standards and procedures in order to reduce operational risk for all personnel and equipment onsite and minimize, if not eliminate, any impact on nearby communities and the environment.

Gas Solubility in Oil Based Mud: Preparing the Rig Team Steve Collard, Well Control Coach, Welltrain Ltd
Identify key knowledge and skills relating to gas solubility in oil based mud or crude oil, how these impact on routine drilling and well control operations and how these can be developed in key rigsite personnel using a mix of theoretical and hands on training using well control simulators. Issues specific to deepwater and HPHT operations are highlighted.

Featured Presentation: Pull or No-pull; Risk-based Decision Support for Sub-sea Blow Out Preventers Pieter van Asten, Lloyd’s Register Energy Drilling
Pull decisions are largely subjective and time-consuming. The complexity and variability of the information affects the consistency and transparency. This model assists rapid and consistent pull or no-pull decisions and transparent communication for BOP component failure. The primary objective of this development was to provide an objective and consistent BOP risk level representation upon component failure identification.

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition
Crombie Suite & Gordon Suite

13.30 Panel Discussion: Latest Generation Training Centers
Moderator: Malcolm Lodge, Training and Assessment Consultant, WCI
To meet the challenges of increased technology, ageing workforce and shorter time to develop personnel a number of organisations are investing in high tech training facilities to meet their needs for competent personnel. This Panel Discussion focuses on the work carried out by companies who have made that investment; reasons why they took action and future developments for training.

  • Petar R. Radulovic, Director – Learning & Development Department, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
  • Graham Thomson, HR Manager European & Mediterranean Divistion, Noble Drilling Corporation
  • Bob Baister, Wells Learning and Development Advisor – Completion & Well Intervention, Shell
  • Vibeke Sam, Head of Learning, Maersk Drilling

15.00 Adjourn


Unassigned Papers of Note: The following paper proposals will be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Today’s Need in Well Control Training James Brian Fowler, Director International Operations & Training, Well Control Training David Gargill, Wild Well Control While field experience provides many hands-on learning opportunities, learners continue to miss out on the more technical and theoretical aspects of well control. Using available technology, we can provide enhanced opportunities to today’s learners while continuing to reach.

Risk Mitigation for BOP Control System Software Einar Leirvik, Project Manager, Bjørnar Vik, Marine Cybernetics, Ole Rohde Lassen, Maersk Drilling The requirements for the reliability of a BOP are very high, and traditionally a lot of effort has been put into ensuring reliability of BOP hardware. Modern BOPs are designed with complex networks and control system software, and it is therefore important to also employ methodologies that reduce the risk of software failure. This presentation shows how Maersk Drilling mitigated risk by using 3rd party HIL-testing of the MUX Blow Out Preventers (BOP) for their new drill ships.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!

Program Committee Members

Claus Bachmann, Maersk Drilling
Tim Bailey, BP
John Monks, Northern Offshore Ltd.
Rick Dolan, Chevron
Malcolm Lodge, Well Control Institute
Lee Reborse, Noble Drilling Corporation
Stein Arild Tonning, Faroe Petroleum
Odd H. Thowsen, Odfjell Drilling
Guido van den Bos, National Oilwell Varco
Jaap van der Sijp, OMV E & P
Jan van Wijk, Shell International E & P
Mark Denkowski, IADC
Brenda Kelly, IADC


Aberdeen Drilling Consultants Ltd
Aberdeen Drilling School
Acona UK
CAD Control Systems
CS Manufacturing Inc
Deep Drill Supply Group
Drilling Systems (UK) Ltd
EFC Group
Falck Safety Services
International Well Control Forum (IWCF)
Marex Marine & Risk Consultancy
National Oilwell Varco
Northwest Technical Solutions
Oil Spill Response Limited
Oiltec Solutions
Optimus Seventh Generation Ltd
RigQuip International
SUBC Engineering Ltd
Subsea Solutions EUROPE
The Well Academy
Wild Well Control

Exhibition Information

The cost of each 2 x 3 meter stand is Euro 2.100.

The stand will be set with a skirted table, two chairs, access to electricity and a fascia with company name. With the stand, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price or Euro 325,-. All registrations are including admission to the conference & exhibition, coffee breaks, luncheons, reception, and access to the conference proceedings.

Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take a stand at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area. All personnel working the exhibition should be registered.

Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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For more information, please contact europe@iadc.org or call +31 24 675 22 52.

Sponsorship Opportunities

IADC conferences are industry-driven events focusing on the critical issues facing the global drilling industry. Whether it’s enabling and cutting-edge drilling technology, well control, health, safety, environment; training, or industry economics and financial outlook, IADC’s worldwide programme of events brings together the right people in the right venue. To help IADC cover the expenses of these events, we invite companies with an important recognition and representation worldwide, to be the conference sponsors for a conference.

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

IADC offers companies also the opportunity to host one of the events during the conference. Companies will be well recognized during the event with sponsor signs, oral recognition from the conference moderators and logo’s placed on the promotional slides during the breaks. It is also possible to co-sponsor one of the events for 50% of the total price.

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Diamond Euro 25,000 (10 Comps*)


Platinum Euro 15,000 (5 Comps*)


Gold Euro 12,000 (3 Comps*)


Silver Euro 7,500 (2 Comps*)


Event sponsorships: brochure printing, coffee breaks, luncheon and reception are also available!

For more information please contact: Anne Otten, anne.otten@iadc.org – Phone: +31 24 675 22 52.

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Venue Information

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Center

Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL, United Kingdom Phone: +44 (0) 1224 824824 Website: www.aecc.co.uk

Hotel Information

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel. Please be sure to mention IADC to obtain discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Aberdeen Exhibition Centre Claymore Drive, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL, United Kingdom Phone: +44 1224 706878, E-mail: ross.andrews@hiaberdeen.com
Room rates: Standard Room £ 159.00 including breakfast & VAT. Discounted rate available until 31st of October. After this date upon availability.
Cancellation Policy: 1 night accommodation charge prior to cancellation 4 weeks of arrival, full charge of accommodation when cancelled within 48 hours of arrival.
Reservations: Please contact anne.martin@hiaberdeen.com / +44 1224 227255 to make your reservations.

Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen Exhibition Centre Parkway East, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AG23 8AJ, United Kingdom Phone: +44 1224 227255, E-mail: anne.martin@hiaberdeen.com
Room rates: Standard Room £ 139.00 including breakfast & VAT. Discounted rate available until 31st of October. After this date upon availability.
Cancellation Policy: 1 night accommodation charge prior to cancellation 4 weeks of arrival, full charge of accommodation when cancelled within 48 hours of arrival.
Reservations: Please contact anne.martin@hiaberdeen.com / +44 1224 227255 to make your reservations.

DoubleTree by Hilton Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, AB24 5EF, United Kingdom Phone: +44 1224 63 33 39, E-mail reservations.doubletreeaberdeen@hilton.com
Room rates: Classic room including breakfast & VAT; 30 November £125.00, 1-3 December £200.00, 4 December £ 155.00.
Cancellation Policy: Amendments after 28 days before arrival will be charged at full cost.
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Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

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2014 IADC Well Control Europe Conference & Exhibition