DRILLBITS – April 2018
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IADC Comment on BSEE Blowout Preventer/Well Control Requirements
In response to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) announcement on 27 April of its intention to issue a proposed rule to revise the existing regulations for blowout preventer systems, well control, and real-time monitoring, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement:
“BSEE’s April 2016 well control rule was intended in large part to address perceived regulatory shortfalls with regard to offshore drilling equipment and processes following the Macondo/Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Throughout that rulemaking process, IADC joined with other stakeholders in carefully considering each of the proposed provisions and provided detailed comments suggesting changes to improve it. Many of these suggested changes were adopted; some were not. Since the April 2016 rule was issued, IADC and its members have strongly asserted the need to reconsider certain provisions that we believe are overly prescriptive, do not enhance the safety of operations and in some cases increase, rather than decrease, risk.”
“As the owners and operators of drilling rigs and blowout preventers, IADC members have been acutely impacted by some provisions of the rule. Far from advocating scrapping the entire well control rule or other rules issued after Macondo, as some opponents of today’s proposal have argued, IADC has asked that the well control rule’s requirements be appropriately refined to increase their effectiveness while removing those provisions that add unnecessary costs without increasing safety, and it sounds like this is exactly what BSEE has done through its surgical approach in its revision of the rule.”
“It’s important to consider how much has been done since the Macondo incident to improve offshore safety. Industry did not wait for BSEE to issue regulations, but proactively made major changes to operations and procedures. More than 100 offshore standards have been created or strengthened since 2010 to improve safety and many more are under active revision, and state-of-the-art intervention and response capabilities have been developed. These and other actions, including the creation of the Center for Offshore Safety and wholesale revisions to IADC’s own programs for well control training and accreditation are indicative of a strong and continuous commitment by industry to protect against future well control incidents.”
“While it will take some time to review the technical requirements of the proposal, based on the fact sheet provided today, we are optimistic that BSEE has listened to input from all stakeholders and incorporated that feedback in the proposal.”
DRILLERSPAC – Political Action Committee (PAC) of IADC
The DRILLERSPAC is now up and running. It was sanctioned by IADC’s Board of Directors to further IADC’s goal of advocacy engagement with federally elected Members of Congress. DRILLERSPAC is not affiliated with any political party. It is organized and conducted on a voluntary, non-partisan basis. DRILLERSPAC is overseen by the PAC Board of Trustees, which is comprised of 10 members – three from offshore companies, three from onshore companies, two from drilling services companies and two IADC employees.
To date, the DRILLERSPAC has raised $14,250 from 7 individuals. Twelve IADC member companies have signed the prior approval form to allow employee participation. Two $2,000 disbursements from DRILLERSPAC have been made to Rep. Garrett Graves (LA) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) leaving $10,250 left in the DRILLERSPAC bank account.
Washington D.C. Updates
In April, along with a host of other bills, the U.S. House passed the Iran Human Rights and Hostage Taking Accountability Act. Also of note, EPA Administrator Pruitt testified twice on April 26th – once before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and once before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. In addition, a House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a hearing regarding offshore revenue sharing with coastal states.
The U.S. Senate was busy confirming more nominations, including: Andrew Wheeler as Deputy Administrator for the EPA, James Bridenstine as NASA Administrator and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State. The U.S. Senate also considered the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill, but it failed to garner enough support over the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), a provision that IADC members support and wish to see enacted.
The President hosted his first state visit welcoming President Macron of France to the U.S. The President also announced ongoing discussions with the leaders of the Korean peninsula stating: “On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we wish the Korean people well. We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula. The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, the Republic of Korea, and looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks. “ Also in April, his nomination for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew his nomination.
U.S. Department of Interior Will Not Lower Offshore Oil and Gas Royalty Rates
In a press release issued on 17 April, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that his Department will not lower royalty rates for future offshore oil and gas lease sales at this time.
On 28 February, the Royalty Policy Committee made its initial recommendations, including one to set a royalty rate of 12.5 percent on all OCS lease sales at all water depths through 2024. However, an improving economy, federal tax reforms and higher energy prices, along with greater regulatory certainty, have led to positive market conditions, all of which influences the decision to keep the royalty rate in 200 meters of water and deeper at the current 18.75 percent.
More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Interior website.
Brazil’s ANP Approves Revised Local Content Rules
Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) recently approved lower requirements for the use of locally produced goods and services in oil field development. While onshore oil and gas projects require 50% “local content” goods and services, offshore activities and equipment will require 18% for exploration; 25% for well construction and 40% for subsea systems and 40% local content for stationary production units.
Operators have expressed a preference for this revised, more certain scheme due to growing concerns for fines assessed against concession contracts that are seemingly more subjective compared to the predetermined construct now available. As such, operators will be allowed to transition from concession contracts to the new scheme.
IADC North Sea Chapter Names Annual Safety Award Winners
The IADC North Sea Chapter recognized excellence in safety performance during its Annual Safety Awards Ceremony in Aberdeen on 20 April.
Peter Wilson, of Rowan Drilling, who is Chairman of the Chapter welcomed a capacity audience to the ceremony. “This event is our opportunity to applaud the efforts of our workforce in the vital area of safety,” he said. “Despite continuing challenging times, we should take heart from those safety leaders who strive to achieve the safest working environment possible, and I encourage everyone to consider how they can support them and make a difference.”
The award for best safety performance in jackups went to Ensco (over 1 million mahours) and to North Atlantic Drilling (under 1 million manhours). Transocean was the winner in the category of floating rigs with over 1 million manhours and Diamond Offshore in the under 1 million manhours category. The winner for platform drilling was Odfjell Drilling.
Chairman’s Awards, which recognize individual rigs and their crews which had the best safety performance in 2017, went to Ensco 92 , Ensco (jackup); WilPhoenix, Awilco Drilling (floating rig); and Scott, KCA Deutag (platform).
The Associate Member Award was awarded to Hoover Ferguson.
Other speakers during the event included 2018 IADC Chairman Steven Brady of Ensco and record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, who provided his perspective on planning and executing last year’s achievement of cycling around the world in under 80 days.
The event raised money for the Grampian Autistic Society and the Oil Chaplaincy Trust Fund. The Chapter also awarded the Val Hood Award to the Sue Ryder charity.
New Zealand Announces It Will No Longer Grant New Offshore Oil Exploration Permits
In an effort to transition toward “home-grown” clean energy, New Zealand’s coalition government recently announced that it will end the granting of new offshore oil exploration permits.
All existing permits will remain in effect as one of the main priorities is to protect the livelihoods of those working in New Zealand’s extractive industries. 22 of 31 currently active exploration permits are offshore. Collectively, these permits will continue through 2030 and allow for additional time of up to 40 years for issuance of new mining permits for production resulting from currently permitted exploration.
More information can be found here.
IPIECA Publishes 2017 Annual Review: Partnerships for Sustainable Development
IPIECA recently made available its 2017 Annual Review, with a theme of Partnerships for Sustainable Development. The theme is intended to reflect the ongoing effort to buil and extend relationships between IPIECA, its members and stakeholders to enhance industry performance and strengthen its impact on sustainable development.
Topics included within the report include discussion of sustainable development goals; member report and survey results; climate and energy goals; emerging environmental concepts and social responsibility issues.
The full Review can be found on the IPIECA website.
RAPID-S53 JIP Launches Latest Phase
The IOGP/IADC BOP Reliability JIP, known as RAPID-S53, has launched its latest phase featuring reduced fees for participating companies. The JIP, which originated with a data gathering effort by seven offshore contractors in 2015 has been restructured to continue on an ongoing basis with fees adjusted annually.
For 2018, fees for operator participants will be $35,000. For drilling contractors, fees for companies with subsea BOPs will be $20,000, with fees for surface-only BOP companies at $15,000 and onshore contractors at $10,000. Equipment manufacturers will pay $15,000. Those figures are significantly less than what most participants paid for Phase II of the JIP.
It is anticipated that most of the 30 companies that participated in Phase II will continue their involvement with the JIP. One new offshore contractor recently joined the new effort – Odebrecht Oil & Gas S.A. of Brazil.
The JIP has been sharing selected learnings from the data with industry groups, including the API Standard 53 Subcommittee. At the recent API Winter Standardization conference, JIP members provided information learned regarding regulators, shuttle valves, and SPM valves. A data quality workshop for all RAPID-S53 participants was also recently hosted by Pacific Drilling, with more than 50 people in attendance.
The JIP worked with both BSEE and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to produce their 2016 report on equipment failure reporting required under the Well Control Rule. The JIP is currently working with BTS on the 2017 report.
RAPID-S53 stands for Reliability and Performance Information Database, designed to collect data on BOP performance as specified in API Standard 53.
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MOU Formalizes Cooperation Between IOGP and Unified Bulk Standardization JIP
On 1 March, IOGP and the Unified Bulk Standardization JIP signed an MOU to commit to close collaboration and mutual support with the intent of achieving more standardized requirements for bulk design and material in oil and gas projects.
Leveraging IOGP’s Standards Solution will facilitate the realization of the MOU objective. The Unified Bulk Standardization JIP began in 2015 with a focus on economizing through standardization and reducing the variability in bulk design and material associated with oil and gas projects. It comprises participants including Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering; DNVGL; ABS; BV; LR KOSHIBA and KOMERI. Technical advisory insight is being contributed by Chevron, BHP Billiton, TechnipFMC, CB&I and Doris Engineering.
More details can be found here on the IOGP blog.
NOSAC Recognizes Spackman’s Contributions to Offshore Industry
On 28 March, the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) recognized Alan Spackman for his years of service with both IADC and the United States Coast Guard. Specifically, NOSAC recognized his contributions to significant industry developments including the emergence of safety-case philosophies and their applicability to offshore operations; the cultivation of best practices that are not recognized in international and national regulatory regimes, development of a wide range of domestic and international E&P standards; and his substantial input and consultation during the Macondo incident investigation leading to the MODU Code improvement adopted in 2017. NOSAC also recognized his thorough analysis on a wide variety of subjects related to the offshore industry and his invaluable insights to NOSAC and others in assessing the cause and effect of pending regulatory initiatives on industry work practices.
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Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Publishes Maritime Outlook
On 5 April, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association published its Maritime Outlook 2018. This year’s theme, “Think Ocean”, provides insight into the prevailing economic conditions and drivers of the marine industry in the context of climate concerns, digitalization of infrastructure and operations and the sustainability of the oceans.
A copy of the report can be found here.
IADC Visits University of Wyoming
IADC Headquarters to Relocate
IADC will relocate its current headquarters in July of 2018. While the current space has served the Association well over the last 15 years, the lease is set to expire this summer, and with it an opportunity to reevaluate the space.
Over the last several years, it has become clear that the needs of the Association necessitate a more modern facility that can accommodate a multitude of industry and committee, and also one that offers more sufficient space for IADC employees. Taking advantage of a soft market for office space in Houston, IADC recently signed a lease that will more than adequately address IADC’s needs.
The new IADC headquarters will be located at 3657 Briarpark Drive, a mere half a mile from the current building. It will offer a brand new, custom-designed office space, and modern meeting facilities that will offer significant value to IADC’s members.
Over the course of the next few months, IADC will provide updates on the progress of the new space, and the Association looks forward to welcoming members to the new corporate headquarters this summer.
IADC Accreditation Department Successfully Passes ISO 9001:2015 Recertification Audit
In February, IADC’s Accreditation Department successfully passed the ISO 9001:2015 recertification audit with zero findings and an added commendation for improvement since the previous year’s audit.
The ISO 9001 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best-known standards, which provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations that want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements. ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.
“It is important that IADC’s accreditation division, as an accrediting body that holds training providers to course and quality standards, holds itself accountable for the quality of the services delivered to the industry,” said Brook Polk, Director – Program Development and Technology. “Obtaining the ISO recertification ties directly to ACD’s core mission of commitment to providing customer satisfaction with the highest quality products and services. It reinforces our drive for continued improvement and program integrity.”
For more information, please contact Brooke Polk at Brooke.Polk@iadc.org.
IADC Competence Assurance Program to be Updated
Competence Assurance is a crucial part of the employee development process. Having competent employees helps to assure the safety of employees, assets, and the environment. These are some of the reasons the industry worked collaboratively to develop IADC’s Competence Assurance Accreditation and Guidelines for Building a Competence Program. IADC and industry understand and embrace the need for continual improvement in an ever-changing industry and are working on making the Competence Accreditation better.
The Accreditation Division is currently working with industry and IADC Competence SME auditors to grow the program and include new industry best practices. Working together to share strengths from the various programs will help raise the bar on competence across the industry. The new accreditation handbook with enhanced requirements is anticipated to be released in Q1 2018.
IADC Prepares to Roll Out WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation in 2018
This spring, IADC will roll out the new WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation which will replace the old WellCAP well servicing courses. The new accreditation will offer four standalone course options, which include coiled tubing; snubbing; wireline and workover. It also introduces two new courses, which include Subsea Supplement and Oil and Gas Operator Representative Workover & Intervention Well Control.
The first WellSharp track, for drilling operations, was launched in 2015. It was the result of an industry-led effort to improve well control training and assessment. Compared with WellCAP, the curriculum puts greater emphasis on risk awareness and assessment.
For more information about converting to the new WellSharp Well Servicing Accreditation, please contact IADC’s Accreditation Department.
Advanced Rig Technology Committee to Host May Meeting at OTC
The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee has organized a special event for its 3 May meeting, which will be held at the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 702 in the NRG Center.
The meeting theme is Data Visualization, Security and Interconnectivity: A Paradigm Shift for Drilling. The meeting is envisioned as a discussion of key trends that are driving a paradigm shift for the drilling industry. Topic leaders will present their ideas in this new data-driven world, the challenges they are designed to address, and how these concepts are being received by industry. The audience will join in for discussion on each topic. The take away will be a new and deeper understanding of the trends that can help make our industry more efficient and effective – and the threats that we must work to overcome.
Registration is required, as space is limited.
To register, and access The full agenda can be found on the IADC ART Committee website.
ART DCS Subcommittee Plans Survey of IADC Daily Drilling Report
IADC is working to enhance both the paper and electronic versions of its IADC Daily Drilling Report. The Tour Sheet is used globally as the primary (legal) means of reporting drilling activity by drilling contractors to the operators and, in some cases, to regional authorities. The update will affect many people and organizations across the industry.
The IADC ART Drilling Controls Subcommittee has developed a survey about the IADC Tour Sheet. This is an opportunity to provide input into the process and help determine the design, format and process of the end result. The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete and comments are due by 18 May.
You can access the survey at https://www.iadc.org/survey-ddr-plus/. Enter the password ddr042018 when prompted.
For more information about the ART Committee, DCS Subcommitte, or the DDR Plus project, contact Mike Killalea, 713-292-1956, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drilling Engineers Seek Papers on the “New Age of Drilling” Tech Forum, 13 June, Houston
With the long-anticipated “Big Crew Change”, the drilling industry’s many white-haired and grizzled veterans will fade into the sunset, replaced by a younger generation with perhaps significantly different attitudes and aptitudes. What will be the impact on drilling operations, HSE, and technology?
The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee’s 13 June Technology Forum, “The New Age in Drilling”, sets its sights squarely on how the changing of the guard impacts development of new technology, refinement of business models, and the perspective of drilling professionals.
IADC invites submission of abstracts centering on implications and effects of The New Age in Drilling, including, but not limited to:
- How does the current generation differ in their approach to technology and decision-making?
- Is today’s approach advancing industry’s ability to take full advantage of the opportunities these new technologies and personnel offer?
- Do the changing roles that these technologies demand provide opportunities for the new generation of drilling personnel?
- Are we attracting the talent, plus growing and retaining our personnel, with the cultural mindset to adapt to the market changes in our business? If not, how do we do so?
DEC wants to hear from those who are now and will continue to shape the future of our industry. The goal of the Tech Forum is to foster a discussion on how industry is responding to these challenges and what improvements and strategic direction the new generation envisions for it.
To submit an abstract, click here. Deadline for abstracts is Monday, 14 May.
Call for abstracts for IADC Spark Tank on 16 August: Meet the Sharks!
The IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee has issued a call for abstracts for the ART Spark Tank, scheduled for 0900-1130 on Thursday, 16 August, at IADC headquarters in Houston, Texas. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 29 June. Note the change in date for the Spark Tank – 16 August is the new date, replacing 30 August, the old date!
The IADC ART Spark Tank is a strong opportunity to provide technology entrepreneurs a new opportunity to pitch their products and ideas to a panel of drilling contractors and operators (“Sharks”).
IADC ART welcomes abstracts on any new technology that will improve efficiency or safety in well construction. The purpose is to provide insights (“Sparks”) to technology developers into what matters to those they are innovating for. There is sometimes a vast disconnect between a good idea and a great product, and this series will attempt to close that gap in a good-natured, productive manner.
Each Spark Tank presentation should last no more than 15 minutes, which will allow the Sharks to ask questions and give feedback on just how great (or not!) they think the product is.
Rules of engagement:
The ART Spark Tank is designed to allow technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch products or ideas to a panel of experts comprising both drilling contractors and operators. The Spark Tank is envisioned as a forum to “spark” new thinking. The Spark Tank will be moderated by an officer of the Advanced Rig Technology Committee.
Thirty minutes are allotted for each topic. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to speak. Please be as brief and concise as possible.
Panelists will then use the remaining 15 minutes for questions and comments. Questions and comments will be candid.
Please be polite and allow others to complete their thoughts before speaking.
Click here to submit your abstract.
WCI Publishes Competency Whitepaper
The Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors has approved the publication of a whitepaper developed by the WCI Competency Workgroup titled “ The Status and Future of Well Control Competencies.” The purpose of the paper is to state WCI’s position on the current state of well control training in the oil and gas industry, and to offer recommendations on how it can be continuously improved.
This whitepaper represents nearly two years of work by the group, beginning with an initial assessment of IADC/IWCF compliance with IOGP 476, creating the competency workgroup, the well control training survey and analysis, recommendations for continuous learning practices, and finally the paper.
This project, sponsored by Andy Krieger of BP and chaired by Charlie Holt of BP, was initiated as part of WCI’s efforts to review industry efforts relevant to competency in the industry. Competency is the highest-ranking priority topic identified by the Board as a relevant factor in improving well control performance.
In a letter sent to IOGP, IWCF and IADC, WCI Chairman expressed his thanks to Mr. Krieger, Mr. Holt, and many others on the workgroup who developed the paper. “The type of collaboration exhibited here exemplifies the spirit of WCI of an industry working together to have a positive impact on well control performance,” Mr. Dew said.
The paper can be found in the Documents & Resources section of the WCI web site at www.wellcontrolinstitute.org. For more information, contact Steve Kropla at ext. 211.
Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Hosts Monthly Industry Operations Meetings
For IADC members with operations in Colorado, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) conducts a monthly “Industry Operations Meeting” with industry’s technical, operations and regulatory staff to discuss issues or concerns regarding compliance expectations. The purpose of the meetings is to facilitate compliance by enhancing communication and resolving issues quickly.
All meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at COGCC’s Denver office unless otherwise noted. The next meeting is scheduled for May 15.
More information can be obtained at the COGCC website.
New eBook available: IADC Control Valve Qualification Testing Recommendations
The IADC BOP Controls Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee (ART) has published the first version of the “IADC Control Valve Qualification Testing Recommendations”. The recommendations are designed to help improve reliability of hydraulic control valves by providing, within a single document, supplementary requirements for design qualification testing of specified types of BOP control valves.
These recommendations are intended to provide guidance to improve safety, reliability, and performance of BOP Controls. Version 1.0 specifically covers SPM and shuttle valves. This evergreen document will be continually supplemented with recommendations for qualification testing for additional critical valves. Purchasers of version 1.0 will receive future updated versions at no additional cost.
The 11-page recommendations are available to members at $50, and are list-priced at $65.
IADC Announces Availability of New Cybersecurity Guidelines
The new “IADC Guidelines for Baseline Cybersecurity for Drilling Assets” was released in January. The guidelines were developed by the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, led by Dr. Siv Hilde Houmb, Chief Technology Officer for Secure-NOK.
The guidelines provide baseline guidance on cybersecurity for oil and gas drilling assets. The guidelines draw from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and international standards, and can be used as a starting point for developing more robust cybersecurity protection.
“The guidelines represent best practice for cybersecurity for Drilling Assets and were developed collaboratively by drilling contractors, operators, vendors and cybersecurity experts” said Dr. Houmb.
For more information or to purchase the guidelines, visit the IADC Bookstore.
For more information about the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee, contact Melissa Mejias at Melissa.Mejias@iadc.org.
Add a Drilling Matters Link to your Website
Show the browsers to your website that Drilling Matters to you. IADC’s DrillingMatters.org is an educational tool designed to dispel myths and misconceptions about the petroleum industry, and demonstrate the value of our industry to humanity.
If possible, please use the enhanced link below, which provides SEO content. A webmaster can easily insert this code on a website.
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API Recommended Practice 54, Occupational Safety and Health for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations Open Ballot
The ballot is on the proposed fourth edition of API Recommended Practice 54, Occupational Safety and Health for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations, and will be a 6-week ballot review period.
You can complete the review process of indicated changes and submit your vote, if you are a voting member, and comments before May 25, 2018. Due to the volume of changes in the document, they are not indicated via track changes; you are encouraged to carefully and thoroughly examine the document in its entirety to check for accuracy with any cited references, cross references, descriptions, terminology and values.
Instructions for the ballot site:
Please go to the API web page using the following link: http://ballots.api.org/login.aspx
Once you have opened the web page for the API Balloting System 3.0 enter your Ballot ID and Login ID numbers shown below to vote (if you are a voting member) and provide any comments on this subject ballot:
The Ballot ID Number is: 4451 (Note: the Ballot ID is not required to access the system.)
Once you’ve logged into the ballot, you can view the draft document for ballot by clicking on the text ‘Download Ballot File’ located in the upper left corner on comment screen.
When submitting comments, enter each one separately by section (note–include the section number). Do not try to submit all comments at once as the size of the comment field is limited. The system will save your comments and you may revisit the site to add, edit, or delete comments. If you upload your comments from an excel spreadsheet, make sure the spreadsheet is in the “.xls” format only.
This system also allows non-voting members and guests to submit comments by entering the Ballot ID Number on the login page and entering the required contact information.
Your vote (if you are a voting member) and comments must be entered through the API web-based balloting system to be considered by the committee (note–all fields on the comment screen must be populated in order to submit a comment). Until the ballot closes, the system does allow you to change, edit, or delete your vote/comments. The balloting system seems to work best with the Internet Explorer web browser. If you use another web browser and have trouble, try using Internet Explorer.
If you require assistance in using the balloting system, you can access the system User Guide at http://ballots.api.org/API_Ballot_System_Users_Guide.pdf. If you continue to have trouble with the balloting system functioning after trying Internet Explorer or the User Guide does not resolve your problems, please contact Benjamin Coco at CocoB@api.org.
May/June issue of Drilling Contractor Magazine Now Online
The newest issue of Drilling Contractor magazine is now available online. This issue reports on the red-hot Permian Basin, which continues to dominate the North American onshore market. In this sector, higher dayrates and activity levels are allowing contractors to invest in rig upgrades and re-hire employees. However, production growth may lead to oversupply and weaker oil prices later in 2018. Reports on Oxy’s work to optimize well plans and drilling practices in the Delware Basin and on Marathon Oil’s initiatives to reduce flat time on the rig’s critical path are also part of this issue. Offshore coverage is also featured, with Bassoe Offshore writing about the state of the offshore rig market, as well as a report on a collaboration between Noble Corp and GE to create a digital rig. Advice around compliance with API 16A, 16AR and 20E also can be found in this issue.
IADC Lexicon Featured Term for April 2018
The IADC Lexicon (IADCLexicon.org) is a compendium of upstream-related terms, which, unlike conventional glossaries, are official definitions drawn from legislation, regulation and regulatory guidance, standards (global, national and regional), and IADC guidelines. Terms often have multiple definitions from different sources.
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This month’s Featured Term is “Quantitative Risk Assessment Methodology” (Source: DHS Risk Lexicon, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2010 Edition. September 2010.):
Set of methods, principles, or rules for assessing risks based on the use of numbers where meanings and proportionality of values is maintained inside and outside the context of the assessment.
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