IADC International Well Control 2022 Conference & Exhibition


The IADC International Well Control 2022 Conference & Exhibition will seek to examine the innovations that are shaping the future of well control, from technology to personnel competencies.

This event will focus on timely technical presentations highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology, techniques, training, management systems, and a wide variety of other topics that affect well control. Presentations that pose provocative questions and prompt discussion are especially welcome.

StartOctober 11, 2022EndOctober 12, 2022
Grand Hotel Oslo

2018 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Library/Miscellaneous
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer








Registrants by Location

  • Registrants

Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Government
  • Independent Oil Producer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land Well Servicing Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • National Oil Company
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • Training
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Venue & Hotel

GRAND HOTEL OSLO BY SCANDIC (Oslo, Noorwegen) - foto's, reviews en prijsvergelijking - Tripadvisor

Grand Hotel Oslo

Address Karl Johans gate 31,
0159 Oslo, Norway
Phone +47 23 21 20 00

Breakfast, WIFI, VAT included in hotel room rates, excluding local texas.

Use the code: BIAD091022 for getting the negotiated room rate. The negotiated room block will expire 7 October 2022, please make your bookings timely to be ensured of a sleeping room.

Cancellation of the room can be done without penalty up to 48 hours prior to arrival. After 48 hours to the date of the event, or no shows will be charged by the 1st night.

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Venue Details

Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo, Norway

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: IADC Member: 750 Non-Member: 937,50
  • Federal government employees may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.

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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Tuesday, 11 October 2022

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Tommy Sigmundstad, Senior Vice President Drilling and Wells, AkerBP

09.00 Opening Speaker: Scott Angelle, Former Director, BSEE, & Former Louisiana Lt Governor and Secretary of Natural Resources

09.30 IOGP’s Review of Well Control Incidents: Andrew Parkinson, Principal Technical Expert, Diana Khatun, IOGP
A review of 172 Well Control Incident (WCI) reports submitted to IOGP by its Members through 2019. The objective of the review was to extract common findings, identify areas to focus attention and to steer the Wells Expert Committee (WEC) agenda, communicate and share the information with the industry. Our aim remains to reduce the well control risk and improve performance based on these submissions.

10.00 Networking Break, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

10.30 Well Control
Session Chair: Ricky Cummings, Principal Advisor Global Well Control Systems, Chevron

18 ¾” 15,000 psi Kinetic K-BOS to Reduce the Probability of a Blowout in Subsea Drilling and Completion Operations – Probabilistic Assessment and Sensitivity Analysis: Rees Jones, Vice President Business Development, Kenneth Dupal, Kinetic Pressure Control, Alessandro Caia, Kwantis, Davide Feltracco, Fabricio Zausa, ENI
Kinetic Pressure Control has developed the Kinetic Blowout stopper (K-BOS) for improved shearing/sealing capability. ENI’s eWise quantitative risk assessment program has been used to analyze the impact of K-BOS for deep-water wells. The model shows a significant reduction in the probability of a blowout for wells using K-BOS compared to conventional shear rams.

Will Your BOP’s Close in a Hydrocarbon Fire? Richard Pye, Research Consultant, Aramco Overseas
A study into BOP Hydraulic Control Hose performance under API-16D test conditions highlighting the reduced performance in hydrocarbon fires and methods to increase this to enable wells to be shut to protect lives and assets.

11.30 Session Plug and Abandonment Well Control
Session Chair: Ricky Cummings, Principal Advisor Global Well Control Systems, Chevron

Innovative Solutions to Well Control Challenges and Risks on Plug and Abandonment Operations: Bhavesh Ranka, Well Control Operations Manager, Cudd Well Control
For P&A operations on wells with limited to no surface equipment, well control issues are particularly challenging. Steps outlined in this paper will discuss how innovative procedures resulted in a successful well control and P&A on a well with no surface equipment. Also, will be discussed the rising trend in crossflow and unexpected high pressures in previously plugged wells.

12.00 Luncheon, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

13.30 Well Control – the Future
Unified voices
Moderator: Øyvind Tuntland, Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Regulators, operators, and the broader supply chain want to pursue our activities with no harm to people, the natural environment, our assets and safeguard our reputation as an industry.
With this in mind, the International Regulator Forum, IRF, reached out to IOGP and IADC with a view to pursue shared improvement opportunities in the field of Well Control, digitalization and investigation quality/learning.

Whilst both society and the industry recognize the need for regulators to maintain “arm’s length” to the industry they regulate, this working model is already delivering results. It also enables a shared tone, intended to help accelerated improvements across the globe. The panel will discuss both tangible deliverables, challenges, and the strategic future direction of this effort.


  • Olav Skar, Health, Safety, Security and Wells Director, IOGP
  • Roar Sognnes, Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
  • Jim Rocco, Senior Director – Government & Industry Affairs – Offshore, IADC
  • Derrick O’Keeffe, Head of the Safety & Integrity Division, NOPSEMA

15.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

15.30 Managed Pressure Drilling
Session Chair: Corrado Leali, Well Area Manager, ENI

Managed Pressure Drilling Well Control Events: Steve Nas, Wells Manager Asia Pacific, Prem Sridharan, Ivo Nijhuis, Wellspec
A number of preventable well control events which occurred during managed pressure drilling operations will be discussed.

Challenges and Solutions for Blowouts Occurring on Wells Requiring Managed Pressure Drilling Systems to Overcome a Narrow Pore and Fracture Pressure Margin: Geir Hedenstad, Vice President Operations and Training, Ray T. Oskarsen, Prasongsit Chantose, Morten H. Emilsen, Add Energy, Lisa Grant, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Proper risk assessment and blowout contingency planning are always essential tasks that should be completed before drilling a well, especially when planning to use an MPD system or drilling in challenging environments. Blowout and kill simulations for a representative MPD well show that the kill requirements could become significantly more challenging than those for an equivalent conventional well.

Understanding Barrier Philosophy when using MPD: Martyn Parker, Vice President, Sagar Nauduri, Isabel Poletzky, Ahmed Shimi, Pruitt MPD Services
Several field case studies and example scenarios that didn’t follow the intent of industry guidance for the application of MPD and led to the development of their Pressure Operations Directive which they use to ensure the integrity of the Primary Well Barrier Envelope will be presented. A free planning tool for unconventional well drilling techniques guidance will be introduced.

17.00- 18.00 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Open Exhibition & Poster Session

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Keynote Presentation: Kjetil Gjersdal, Chief Executive Officer, Odfjell Drilling

09.00 Training & Competency
Session Chair: Thor Paulsen, Senior Advisor Well Control and integrity, Equinor

Assessment of Well Control Competence in Drilling and Well Activities: Vibjørn Dagestad, Principal Engineer, Roar Sognnes, Petroleum Safety Authority
An assessment of well control competence and awareness in drilling and well activities on the NCS were conducted and evaluated. This presentation gives insight into the methodology used, a summary of the results, potential uncertainties, as well as highlight how the PSA has adapted new knowledge and new industry guidelines into the regulations in relation to Well Control Competence and Training.

Mixing Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning in Well Control Training: Jared Jensen, Superintendent, Chevron
The Covid-19 pandemic caused a sudden shift to virtual training for well control courses globally. This presented an opportunity to study the impact of virtual learning on competency and learning effectiveness from the perspective of participants. This report presents results from multiple research studies along with recommendations on how to effectively split training between virtual and in-person formats.

10.00 Networking Break, Open Exhibition, & Poster Session

10.30 Featured Presentation: industry leader to be named.

11.00 Risk Management
Session Chair: Geir Smaaskjer, Director Drilling & Wells, Drilling Operations Manager, Lundin

Well Control Equipment Inspection & Crew Assessment: Richard Grayson, Senior QHSE Manager, Global Well Control Focal Point, Nabors
A practical look at how one land-based drilling contractor inspects well control equipment and assesses crews in regard to well control readiness. There will be a practical discussion based on information gathered from many rig locations with visual representations of issues that may be found. There will also be a practical discussion of how to evaluate crew with respect of their well control knowledge

11.30 Remote Monitoring and Control
Session Chair: Geir Smaaskjer, Director Drilling & Wells, Drilling Operations Manager, Lundin

Integration of Automated Well Control into a Rig Control System: Bryan Atchison, Managing Director, Safe Influx, Curt L. Kling, NOV
This presentation will describe the integration of Automated Well Control system with a drilling and BOP control system to provide a fully automated solution. The development of the integrated system, as well as the outcomes of a series of tests performed during the Remote Simulation Test and Rig Test will be provided.

Reducing False Positives in Automated Kick Detection Using a Cloud-Based, Real-Time System: Deep Joshi, Research Engineer, Sai Sharan Yalamarty, Mohammadreza Kamyab, Curtis Cheatham, Corva, Kelly Flurry, Trish Ross, Patrick McCormack, Chevron
In this work, novel methods are presented to reduce the impact of false positives in a cloud-based real-time alert system associated with crew practices and rig operations. The addition of automated transfer identification and comment watcher on top of a trend-based kick-detection system resulted in a significant reduction in false positives, improving the reliability of the kick-detection system.

12.30 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

14.00 Panel Session: How Can we Improve Human Performance to Prevent Well Control Incidents?
Moderators: Gary Kelso, Well Operations Manager, BP, & Andrew Parkinson, Wells Operations Manager, Shell

The analysis of well control incidents indicates that in the majority of cases human factors is a contributing cause in the incident.  We understand that the majority of the barriers on the well control bowtie that prevent and mitigate a well control event is procedural in nature.  Procedural barriers require actions to be taken by people in order to be effective.  However, we also know that people will make mistakes. Their actions are rarely malicious and that mistakes are typically due to underlying conditions and systems.  As an industry we are focusing on Human Performance, however where can we take action to improve Human Performance in order to prevent well control incidents? 


  • Per Haaland, Vice President for D&W Business Excellence, Equinor
  • Linn Iren Vestly Bergh, Senior Advisor Organizational Safety, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

15.30 Networking Break, Open Exhibition, & Poster Session

16.00 Construction of Well Control
Session Chair: Stein Arild Tonning, Drilling and Wells Manager North Sea, DNO

Effect of CO2 on Well Control Procedures and Well Design: Lei Zhou, Principal Well Control Engineer, Bjørn-Tore Anfinsen, Inge Mosti, Yahya Hashemian, Zhaoguang Yuan, Schlumberger
The significant differences in well control considerations between CO2 and hydrocarbon influx will be addressed. A well control simulator capable of transient multiphase modeling of hydrocarbon and CO2 systems was used to evaluate the differences. The results of this paper suggest the need of preventative measures to limit CO2 well control risks, and special training for the rig crews.

16.30 Regulatory Matters
Session Chair: Stein Arild Tonning, Drilling and Wells Manager North Sea, DNO

Can Reservoir Depletion be Credited for Relief Well Operations? Morten Emilsen, Executive Vice President, Add Energy
This paper relates to practical clarifications for the Activity Regulations § 86 on well control. Some operators do credit an expected reservoir depletion for some wells over a certain period in order to be able to carry out the kill operation using one (1) relief well in the event of a blowout. The paper evaluates possible reservoir depletion during the time from a hypothetical blowout occurs until it is killed by a relief well.

17.00 Adjournment

Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals are presented during the poster sessions and 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.

Trustworthy Digital Technology in Drilling a Well – A Regulatory Perspective: Kristian Solheim Teigen, Principal Engineer, Linn Iren Vestly Bergh, Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority
Automated solutions may contribute significant safeguards and reduce risk, however human interaction still plays an important role for safety. Failures in human automation operations arise from a mismatch between the properties of the system as a whole and human characteristics of information processing. Ensuring safe and effective interaction between human and technology reduces risk.

Using Downhole Pressure Data from Wired Drill Pipe to Avoid a Potential Well Control Situation: Børge E. Nygård, Leading Advisor Drilling Technologies Drilling Tools, Dudok van Heel, Equinor
Equinor utilizes wired drill pipe (WDP) in drilling operations. Amongst others, a recent example will be presented from a severe loss situation during reservoir drilling and how WDP has been used to observe the loss and manage the situation; in a very controlled manner despite the tight margin to pore pressure.

A Novel Approach to Well Control Training Using High Accuracy Digital Twin Simulators and Real Time Drilling Replication: Francesco Curina, Head of Training and Advanced Services, Ali Talat Qushchi, Vladimir Mitu, Leonardo Bori, Ajith Asokan, Drillmec SpA
The use of high-fidelity simulators allows a more accurate representation of real-world operations. Combined with a real-time drilling data streaming system, the proposed solution allows the replication of the real operation in a simulated environment. The study found that the use of high-fidelity digital twins for training raises performance, preparedness, and attention to possible problems.

New Innovative Solutions for Pressure Protection of a Marine Drilling Riser: Dag Vavik, CEO, Future Well Control, Knut Steinar Bjørkevoll, SINTEF
As the drilling industry has moved to deeper water, the probability of a large undetected gas influx in the drilling riser increases. The cold seawater around the riser also affects the total fluid volume in the riser annulus (thermal effects). The presentation will give recommendation on how to handle and check for gas in a drilling riser. A patented drilling riser pressure protection system that utilizes the booster line will also be presented.

Achieving ISCWSA MWD+IFR1 Tool Codes Without Airborne Magnetic Surveys: Ryan Paynter, Geophysicist, Andrew Pare, Alec Berarducci, Glenna Crookston, Helmerich & Payne
With the use of absolute instruments, measurements at the vertical and toe of wellbores can be conducted to provide IFR corrections on a per-pad basis to directional surveys without the need of costly high-resolution aeromagnetic surveys. Thus, allowing for a reduction in uncertainty of the wellbore placement, mitigation of collision risks and improves reservoir drainage with the ability to utilize the MWD+IFR tool code.

Conference Program Committee

  • Ricky Cummings, Chevron
  • Gary Kelso, BP
  • Corrado Leali, ENI
  • Angus Mather, Baker Hughes
  • Rune Mesel, Odfjell Drilling
  • Andrew Parkinson, Shell
  • Thor Paulsen, Equinor
  • Geir Smaaskjer, Lundin
  • Stein Arild Tonning, DNO North Sea
  • Øyvind Tuntland, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
  • Bruce Worthington, Seadrill
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registrations is € 2.300.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary conference registrations and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (€375).

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 space at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.

Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org
Space applications will be confirmed after receiving the signed letter of agreement and payment of the invoice. We will include your company in all marketing activities after receipt of payment.

Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!



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Note: no refunds for cancellations of sponsorships will be issued.

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