About this Training Course
Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is a broad term covering a range of drilling, cementing and completion techniques which have a common factor – primary well control is not maintained solely by the hydrostatic pressure of a single fluid column to surface.
MPD is a rapidly evolving sector in drilling with different techniques helping operators globally to drill, cement and even complete wells more efficiently. MPD has permitted the drilling of previously undrillable wells.
MPD Well Delivery can, however, conflict with regulations that focus on conventional drilling operations. A strong understanding of the operating principles of MPD will be required for regulators to be able to approve deviations to regulations to facilitate the use of MPD.
What does the course cover?
While MPD techniques can also include Air Drilling and Foam Drilling, this 5-day course focuses on current and evolving MPD technology relevant to offshore (including deepwater) well delivery. This includes:
- Managed Annular Pressure Drilling (MAPD) including Pressurized Mud Cap Drilling;
- Dual Gradient Drilling (including Riserless Mud Recovery); and
- Managed Riser Level Drilling.
While the course addresses the additional equipment required to perform Underbalanced Drilling, the design, hydraulic modelling and process control of Underbalanced Drilling is not within the scope of this course.
The course will focus on equipment and procedures required to deliver the full range of different MPD techniques as well as the integration training required to maintain appropriate well integrity and well control barriers throughout the operation. It covers the following topics:
- Objectives of MPD and its variations
- Advantages/disadvantages of each MPD variation
- Drilling fluid systems and surface equipment for MPD Operations
- Subsea MPD Systems
- MPD Control Systems
- Managed Pressure Cementing
- Managed Pressure Completions
- Limitations and costs of MPD
- MPD Command and Control
- Primary & Secondary Well Control
- Training & Simulation Requirements
- Case histories
The course covers (and goes well beyond) all materials recommended by the IADC’s Guideline: MPD Fundamental Core Curriculum & Related Job Skills.
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Identify the different techniques used in Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and explain the different applications for each of the primary techniques.
- Highlight potential conflicts between current regulation and MPD techniques and suggest how these gaps might be closed.
- Identify the different components of MPD systems and explain their functionality.
- Explain how MPD control systems aim to maintain primary well control in a well and how they can be used to detect a kick or losses and control bottom hole pressure while circulating out an influx.
- Explain the limitations of MPD control hardware and software during secondary well control operations and how conventional secondary well control can be implemented.
- Explain how MPD can be used during cementing and completion operations.
- Identify minimum training requirements for key personnel prior to the deployment of MPD.
Regulations and standards
The course content can be adapted to the regulatory framework in place and for specific Regulatory and Standards Focus. Pre-eminence is given to national legislation and regulations where these are in place and applicable. Operations conducted offshore in the USA focus on CFR 250 regulations. Relevant industry standards (API and/or ISO standards, specification, recommended practices or technical bulletins) are referenced where appropriate and relevant. These include:
- API Bulletin 92L – Drilling Ahead Safely with Lost Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico
- API Specification 16Q – Design, Selection, Operation, and Maintenance of Marine Drilling Riser Systems
- API SPEC 16RCD – Specification for Drill Through Equipment—Rotating Control Devices
- API RP 92M – Managed Pressure Drilling Operations
- API RP 92P – Pressurized Mud Cap Operations for Rigs with Subsea BOP Systems
- IADC UBO/MPD Operations – HSE Planning Guidelines (2012)
In attending this course, participants will gain knowledge and develop skills relating to Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD). It is intended for personnel directly or indirectly involved in the regulation, design and delivery of wells with an element of MPD including:
- Office based planning and delivery Well Engineers
- Wellsite Drilling Supervisors and Drilling Engineers
- Drilling Contractor Personnel: Drillers, Tour Pushers, Toolpushers and Rig Superintendents
- Service Company Personnel: Mud Engineers, Mud Loggers, Cementers
- Regulator Staff: Wellsite Inspectors and District Engineers involved in regulatory oversite of floating drilling operations
Your expert course leader has more than 30 years of experience in the Drilling Industry. He worked offshore as a Roustabout and Roughneck while studying for his B.Eng in Mining Engineering. After graduation, he joined Shell in 1985 and worked as a Drilling Engineer and Drilling Supervisor on-site and in the office in a wide range of onshore, offshore and deepwater environments.
He served as the examiner for Shell’s “Round 2” Competence program and edited the Shell Well Engineering Learning Manual. He is the technical author of several corporate Well Control and Casing Design standards and training manuals.
Since 2000, he has worked as a Well Engineering Consultant. In addition to lecturing and general consultancy in Casing Design and Well Control, he specialises in Deepwater and HPHT Well Control coaching, rig team building and simulation. He pioneered the concept of “Drilling the Well on a Simulator”, working closely with drilling simulator vendors, operators and drilling contractors to produce a realistic and relevant training environment. This enabled integrated rig teams to be exposed to well specific well control and other operational challenges, develop and then practice response strategies.
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