Oil & Gas UK has published updated guidelines on well practices to improve safety and performance.
OGUK’s Well Life Cycle Integrity Guidelines reflect recent changes in the regulatory environment, including the requirement that well operators and drilling contractors integrate the management of both safety and the environment.
“The aim is to help well operators and drilling contractors better understand how to select, install, verify, test, maintain, and repair suitable barriers to reduce the risk of uncontrolled release of fluids throughout the life cycle of a well,” said Oonagh Werngren, OGUK’s operations director (OGJ Online, Feb. 10, 2016).
Produced by OGUK’s Wells Forum, the guidelines “provide further clarification on how best to design a well and plan operations to assure well integrity,” Werngren said.
OGUK’s Wells Forum, with representatives from more than 45 well operators, is responsible for reviews of documents related to issues including blowout preventers, relief wells, and well suspension and abandonment.