ASME STS - September 18, 2014 - "Pre-emptive Well Control Response Planning"
SPEAKER - Andy Cuthbert - Snr Project Manager, Boots & Coots - Well Control & Prevention Services - Houston, TX
Although industry regulatory risk management practices relating to well control are generally adhered to, unrealistically optimistic assumptions about the ability to control and contain a catastrophic event are still held. This is not necessarily a fault of the risk processes per se, but exposes an industry deficiency when expectations of any given risk assessment lead to a false sense of security, especially when history has shown that when stress-tested contingency plans have failed to deliver. This is a natural precursor to describing how the industry constructs a relief well and how the interception and eventual well kill techniques are executed.
Having graduated from the University of London with a BSc. (Hons) Geology in 1981, Andy went on to complete an MPhil. in Geology before joining the Oil Industry in 1984. He has 30 years of oilfield experience, the first 10 years with Schlumberger before moving to Halliburton, where he has been involved in projects of ever increasing complexity concerning the introduction and coordination of new technology.
Time spent as the Project Coordinator for the BG Group in Tunisia in 1995 was succeeded as Business Segment Manager for the Multilateral Technology team followed by Project Management in Norway. A move to Malaysia in 2006 saw Andy leave project management to take up a regional management position for drilling operations in Southeast Asia, China, the Indian sub-continent and Australasia. A year after moving to Houston in 2009 he resumed his role in Halliburton Project Management and has participated in projects in the USA, Tanzania, Singapore, India and most recently in Iraq.
Andy has written or co-authored drilling industry technical papers for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) on subjects as diverse as Directional Drilling, Multilateral Technology, Project Management and Well Control and presented to the oil and gas community all over the world.
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