Plans for Management of Response
These contingency plans provide a
guideline to assist an operator in responding to a well control incident. The plans
are divided into three levels of severity.
- Level 1, is a well control incident where recovery
can be accomplished by standard operating procedures (SOP) using onsite field personnel
who have been trained to respond to such incidents, e.g. a well kick with drillpipe on
bottom. Technical support is usually not be required.
- Level 2, is a well control incident where recovery
cannot be accomplished by SOP. On-site field personnel may not be trained to
respond to such incidents. For example: a well kick with initial complications (e.g.
pipe-off bottom, loss zone and high kh reservoir open) or well kick that escalated during
circulation (underground cross flow, major equipment failure). Technical support is
usually required, onsite personnel carry out recovery operations.
- Level 3, is an incident where well control has
been lost (blowout). The hydrocarbon flow may be to surface, subsea, or
underground. The onsite operations team is replaced by a blowout control team.
We produce these
response plans in two formats: