DRILLBITS – September 2013

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Mike DuBose, Bob Warren Named to IADC International Development Team

To more effectively represent its international membership, IADC recently appointed Mike DuBose and Bob Warren to leadership positions in the International Development Division. Mike DuBose was named vice president, international development for Europe and Asia and Bob Warren was named vice president, international development, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.

Mike DuBose

Mike DuBose

Mike began his career with Rowan Companies, as a roustabout in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the following 35 years, he accepted positions with increasing levels of responsibility in the US, UK, Aberdeen and Nova Scotia, all with Rowan. Most recently, Mike served as vice president of drilling operations for Southeast Asia, where he oversaw offshore operations in SE Asia. Under his watch, 4 jack-up units were successfully employed offshore and the regional safety record for year-end 2012 was a company best of 0.46 TRIR.

Mike received a master of science degree from the University of Aberdeen and is a task force member for the Center for Offshore Safety Task Force.

Bob began his career in West Texas as a roughneck.  Over the following 38 years, he held operations and management positions in various countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and the former Soviet Union.   He recently completed 20 years in executive positions with Pride International. Since retiring from Pride (now Ensco plc.), Bob has been advising IADC leadership regarding Committee realignment.

He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

“After more than 20 years with IADC, I will be retiring on 15 October,” said Ken Fischer, IADC Vice President, International Development.

Bob Warren

Bob Warren

“I’m thrilled to welcome both Mike and Bob to IADC as they each bring the knowledge and skills necessary to positively advocate on behalf of the Association. They have both spent a portion of their careers stationed internationally, and have a deep understanding of the differing member needs across the globe.   I leave IADC knowing that the International Development team is positioned to deliver significant value in support of our members’ global operations.”

Mike DuBose can be reached via email at Mike.Dubose@iadc.org. Bob Warren can be contacted via email at Bob.Warren@iadc.org.

IADC Well Servicing Committee Kicks Off KSAs Project

The IADC Well Servicing Committee kicked off a project to develop KSAs for the well servicing industry on 9 September. “Ensuring employees are proficient in their job functions is the main goal of the Well Servicing Committee, and the KSA program for well servicing is one way to ensure that this is achievable. KSAs provide a set of minimum core competencies that employees should have before being hired or promoted,” said Scott Maddox, IADC director, Drilling and Well services Division. “It is with these KSAs that industry will continue to move forward toward safe and more efficient operations.”

KSAs set forth competency benchmarks and provide a foundation of information for the industry to demonstrate the qualifications of their personnel.

A task group, comprised of representatives from APITEQ, Occidental Oil and Gas, Pioneer and Guice Engineering and led by Mr Maddox, was designated to identify well s

ervicing positions that require KSAs, and will be responsible for developing core competencies for each. In the future, the group plans to develop KSAs for coiled tubing, wire lines and trucking.

The well servicing KSAs are expected to be completed by mid- to late 2014. These will be added to the IADC KSAs for the drilling industry, scheduled to be completed later in 2013, which focus on drilling onshore, drilling offshore, subsea operations, marine operations, technical maintenance, QHSE/process and regulatory, procedures and facility management.

The group invites further participation from interested members. They will hold their next meeting on 23 September in Houston.

For more information, please contact Scott Maddox at ext. 423 (scott.maddox@iadc.org).

IADC Brazil Chapter Hosts First Safety Workshop

Hugh Oliver leads a discussion at the first IADC Brazil Chapter Safety Workshop

Hugh Oliver leads a discussion at the first IADC Brazil Chapter Safety Workshop

Early September saw the beginning of a new era for the IADC Brazil Chapter, with the presentation of the first in a series of workshops to encourage local companies, and international companies present in Brazil, to participate in forums to improve the oil and gas industry within the region.

The first of these workshops, simply titled “Safety Workshop” was held on the 4-5 September at the Transocean training facility in Macae.

The goal of the workshop was to establish an IADC Safety Committee in the Brazil region, and to establish topics and targets for the committee to work towards.

The workshop included both discussion groups and presentations on topics such as Step Change in Safety, a UK initiative with a strategic 5-year plan to improve safety performance within the UK Sector; IADC Competency development programs; and successful implementation of a Fast Track program by a North Sea drilling contractor.

Discussion groups confirmed that competency development continues to be a major challenge within the industry. Mark Denkowski, IADC Vice President of Accreditation and Credentialing presented IADC Competence Development programs and provided updates on KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Awareness) initiatives underway by IADC committees worldwide.

The workshop was well attended by approximately 80 people, representing 95% of drilling contractors operating in Brazil, several of the major operators, and many service companies. The group included drilling contractor operations managers, rig managers, safety technicians and managers, lawyers and training managers. This diversity allowed for broad and open discussions on all levels.

IADC Vice President of International Development, Bob Warren, commented that the workshop was a great success and had achieved its goals to establish a regional safety committee and set initial targets for it to achieve. Now that the committee is formed, he looks forward to working with Chapter members and IADC regional representative Tony Cox to ensure that continuous support is available.

Members attend the IADC Brazil Chapter Safety Workshop. L to R: John Guy, Chapter Secretary; Joao Cabral, Petrobras; Tony Cox, IADC Brazil Regional Director; Hugh Oliver, Chapter Vice President and Event Coordinator; Mark Denkowski, IADC VP Accreditation and Credentialing and Rogerio Furtado, Chapter President.

Members attend the IADC Brazil Chapter Safety Workshop.
L to R: John Guy, Chapter Secretary; Joao Cabral, Petrobras; Tony Cox, IADC Brazil Regional Director; Hugh Oliver, Chapter Vice President and Event Coordinator; Mark Denkowski, IADC VP Accreditation and Credentialing and Rogerio Furtado, Chapter President.

Representatives of the Agencia Nacional de Petroleo (ANP) were unable to attend the workshop but expressed a sincere interest in the development and success of the safety committee. Chapter members have been given the opportunity to present the detailed results of the workshop to ANP in early October.

IADC Brazil Chapter VP of Technical Presentations, Hugh Oliver, indicated that the next workshop, slated for Q4 2013 or Q1 2014, will be targeted to include equipment suppliers as well as drilling contractors and operators. Participants will investigate the common causes of down time in drilling operations, identify ways to remove blockages and share the best technical solutions known today.

Future workshops will be planned to understand the limitation of the infrastructure on operations, with the intent to get more efficiency out of the current infrastructure and to detail the future growth and impact on our operations.

Please visit the IADC Brazil Chapter website to learn more about upcoming activities and to get involved.

For more information, please contact Tony Cox at Tony.Cox@iadc.org.

IADC UBO/MPD Committee Developing Training Syllabus for Underbalanced Operations

The IADC UBO/MPD training subcommittee is currently developing a training syllabus for the IADC well control accreditation program for underbalanced operations. The syllabus will consist of core curriculum for fundamental and supervisory levels that includes training topics and learning objectives.

The fundamental course is being designed for the rig crew and will focus on equipment, operations and procedures. The supervisory course will be for the driller, toolpusher, superintendent and onsite- drilling consultant and will focus on underbalanced drilling designs, calculations and well complications.

The fundamentals course level will give a basic understanding of, and foundation for, underbalanced drilling. The proposed topics include:

  • Similarities and contrasts between conventional and underbalanced drilling
  • Underbalanced drilling overview
  • Underbalanced drilling techniques.
  • Fundamental differences between underbalanced and conventional drilling hydraulics.
  • Underbalanced drilling equipment and rig up
  • Surface equipment hazards
  • Making trips, completions, logging and connections.

The supervisory level will build on the fundamentals and have downhole events and calculations information. The proposed topics include:

  • Downhole calculations for underbalanced drilling techniques
  • Detecting surface control problems
  • Underbalanced drilling equipment and rig up
  • Underbalanced drilling management systems
  • Bottomhole pressure control
  • Pipe “light” calculations and operations
  • Complications while drilling underbalanced

For more information on the syllabus and the work of the subcommittee, including how to get involved, please contact Scott Maddox at ext. 423 (Scott.Maddox@iadc.org).

BSEE Proposes Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems Rule

On 22 August, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposed amendments to the Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf – Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems regulations.

The bulk of the proposal addresses issues such as the safety and pollution of prevention equipment lifecycle analysis, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices and safety device testing. The proposed rule would also revise the requirements for employing Best Available and Safest Technology (BAST) for new drilling and production operations, removing a long-standing regulatory presumption that the BAST requirements of the OCS Lands Act would be generally satisfied by compliance with BSEE’s regulations. Administration of the proposed revision, if adopted, will introduce additional uncertainty regarding the ongoing qualification of any rig for operations on the U.S. OCS.

On 29 August, IADC requested an extension of the comment period, noting that  the implications of this proposed changes to the BAST requirement are not clear, particularly given the fact that the current regulatory provisions have been in place since 1978. IADC understands that BSEE will be extending the comment period until mid-December 2013 to allow more time for industry to develop a response to the proposal.

For more information, please contact Mr Spackman at ext. 207 (Alan.Spackman@iadc.org).

US Bureau of Land Management Proposes Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

In 2012, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed well stimulation and hydraulic fracturing regulation for Federal and Indian lands. The intent of the rule is to ensure that the hydraulic fracturing process does not contaminate groundwater. After receiving more than 170,000 comments on the proposed rule, the BLM issued a supplemental proposal in May 2013.

On 22 August, IPAA, IADC, The Western Energy Alliance, the Association of Energy Service Companies, the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, the US Oil & Gas Association and 41 other organizations submitted comments to the BLM regarding the revised rule.

The associations contend that the BLM’s proposal is technically unsound and does not provide any benefits that the already-existing regulations currently provide. The rule imposes costs that are not commensurate with any benefits the rule might provide and are in many cases duplicative of States’ efforts to regulate oil and natural gas.

In the letter, the associations contend that the usable water definition contained in the rule creates confusion for an existing regulatory structure, that the state/tribal or basin variance language is flawed and that the economic analysis is inadequate and the rule is arbitrary and capricious.

For more information, please contact Brian Petty at Brian.Petty@iadc.org.

FMCSA Issues Guidance on Hours of Service Requirements

In the 5 June 2012 Federal Register, FMCSA issued notice of regulatory guidance regarding the Hours-of-Service (HOS) requirements for oilfield operations. In the 12 August 2013 Federal Register, the agency announced its decision to retain the 2012 guidance. In this notice the Agency announced that it will continue to monitor the use of the two HOS oilfield exceptions in 49 CFR 395.1(d). Motor carriers that believe the current oilfield operations exceptions do not provide sufficient relief for their operations should consider submitting an application for an exemption to the agency. Refer to 49 CFR Part 381 for information on the application process.

The 2012 Regulatory Guidance and the recent announcement mean if you do not service the well with anything “down hole”, then you do not qualify for the waiting time exception. Companies such as sand and water haulers, suppliers and rig movers can no longer use the waiting time exception. In order to claim the exception, companies also cannot operate on 12-hour shifts and cannot perform any other duties while waiting at the wellsite. Additionally, the exception cannot be used if your operators drive their truck to location, position it on-line, get out and start performing ground work, hold a pre-job meeting and then start the job.

Well service companies should carefully assess activities logged as “off duty waiting” time. DOT officers and state troopers are being educated on the application of the rule and are learning the questions to ask and how to correctly assess oilfield equipment for its application at the wellsite. All companies are highly encouraged to educate their drivers on how to correctly answer questions from troopers concerning their daily activities on location.

If your company qualifies for the “waiting time exception”, you are encouraged to submit a signed letter to FMCSA outlining your methods of operation and the equipment you are using. The FMCSA has also indicated that photos of the equipment and its applications are helpful. Letters to the FMCSA should be sent to Larry W. Minor at the address listed below.

Larry W. Minor
Associate Administrator for Policy
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590

For more information, please contact Paul Breaux at ext. 227 (Paul.Breaux@iadc.org).

IHS Study Examines Economic Contributions of Shale Energy Development

The IHS recently issued the results of their study, “America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and Economy – Volume 3: A Manufacturing Renaissance.” The study examined economic activity resulting from unconventional development, from drilling and refining to petrochemical supplies and manufacturing. The study found that the full unconventional value chain supported 2.1 million jobs in 2012, and generated nearly $75 billion in federal and state tax revenues, contributing $283 billion to the US gross domestic product. By 2020, it is projected that these economic contributions will grow to 3.3 million jobs, more than $125 billion in federal and state tax returns and more than $468 billion in annual contributions to the US gross domestic product.

Other notable figures from the study include:

  • Increased disposable household income by $1200 in 2012, and projected to rise to $2500 in 2025;
  • Attracted US capital investments totally $121 billion in 2012, and projected to rise to $240 billion by 2025;
  • Supported $150 billion in earnings for US workers in 2012, and projected to rise to $269 billion by 2025.

To access a PDF copy of the full report, please visit the API website.

OGP Issues Prevention of Heart Attacks and Other Cardiovascular Diseases Guide

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) recently published a new report from the Health Committee on prevention of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.

The guide is intended for managers, employees and company health professionals and provides information related to heart attacks and strokes related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), which are the main causes of death in the oil and gas industry.  The report supplies information on the main types of CVD’s and their causes and symptoms while also looking at their implications for the industry. The guide offers strategies and improvements that can be implemented to help reduce the number of CVD deaths in the future.

To access the full report, download the PDF at the OGP website.

Accreditation Updates


  • Australian Well Control Center PTY LTD (Conditional), Australia;
  • General Technical & Safety Training Center Company (Conditional), Saudi Arabia;
  • Learn to Drill, Houston, Texas;
  • Lockwood S.A., (Conditional), Argentina;
  • PCI Bahrain, (Conditional), Bahrain;


  • Acme Truck Line, Inc, USA
  • AIM-SMTC Company Limited (Conditional), Saudi Arabia;
  • Bench Tree Group LLC, (Conditional), USA;
  • CFP Querecual Drilling and Well Control Schools (Conditional), Venezuela;
  • Complete Fire Design Solutions (Conditional), India;
  • Consejo Colombiano de Seguridad (Conditional), Colombia;
  • Distribuidora de Equipo de Seguro Industrial y Vial SA de CV (Conditional), Mexico;
  • Drilling and Workover Services (Conditional), Colombia;
  • EDIN – Educacion Internacional (Conditional), Argentina;
  • Falck Safety Services (Conditional), Dubai;
  • Hadra Consulting, USA;
  • Halliburton de Mexico S De R.L. DE C.V., (Conditional), Mexico;
  • Industrial Training and Assessment Services (Conditional), Mexico;
  • Kenya Kazi Services LTD, (Conditional), Kenya;
  • OFS & Tools S.A.S. (Conditional), Colombia;
  • Q-Training & Supplies SAS (Conditional), Colombia;
  • San Antonio Internacional-Colombia (Conditional), Colombia;
  • T H Hill Associates Inc., (Conditional), USA;
  • Vivid Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Conditional), Pakistan


  • Assets Training & Technical Services Pte Ltd., Singapore;
  • Cates Control Solutions, Houston, Texas;
  • Proximity, Kuwait;
  • RST Global Solutions, Houston, Texas

Competence Assurance Accreditation

  • Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., Houston Texas;
  • International Snubbing Services, Arnaudville, Louisiana;
  • Noble Drilling Corporation, Sugar Land, Texas

Safety Alerts

For the latest safety alerts, visit www.iadc.org/safety-alerts

Alert 13-19: Conflicting procedures results in restricted work case
Alert 13-20: Dropped object results in near miss


  • IADC ART Committee Meeting, 2 October, Houston, Texas;
  • SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition, 7-9 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
  • IADC ART Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee Meeting, 1o October, Houston, Texas;
  • IADC HSE Environmental Subcommittee Meeting, 16 October, Houston, Texas;
  • IADC HSE Committee Meeting, 17 October, Houston, Texas;
  • IADC Rig Moving Committee Meeting, 17 October, Las Vegas, Nevada;
  • 5th International Regulators Safety Conference, 21-23 October, Perth, Australia;
  • IADC Critical Issues for Unconventionals Europe 2013 Conference & Exhibition, 23-24 October, Warsaw, Poland;
  • IADC Onshore Drilling Operations Forum, 29 October, Bakersfield, California;
  • IADC Well Servicing Workshop, 30 October, Houston, Texas

Rigs Receive ISP Certificates

For certificates received since last LTI (in years):

  • COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific Limited: COLSSTRIKE (4); COSLSUPERIOR (3)
  • Ensco: Ensco 53 (13); Ensco 83 (10); Ensco 86 (7); Ensco 91 (3); Ensco 105 (5); Ensco 5001 (1);
  • Mermaid Drilling Limited: MTR 2 (4);
  • Nabors Drilling International Ltd.: 18 (2); 20 (9); 137 (2); 143 (4); 207 (1); 309 (4); 669 (2); 679 (3); 779 (2); 804 (5); 815 (11); 820 (12); 826 (11); 861 (1); 1465 (3); 90901DB (6); F17 (1); F28 (1); GW-ALPHA (6); P16 (1); P18 (10); P488 (10); S802 (6); SS17 (2)
  • Songa Offshore: Songa Dee (1);
  • Well Services Petroleum Co. Ltd.: Well Services Rig 110 (2); Well Services Workhorse IV (2)
For certificates received since last recordable incident (in years):
  • Cactus Drilling Company: 106 (6); 125 (4);
  • Ensco: Ensco 97 (1); Ensco 5001 (1);
  • Greatship India Ltd.: Greatship Chetna (3);
  • Nabors Drilling International Ltd.: 128 (1); 238 (2); 313 (2); 609 (5); 621 (1); 669 (2); 678 (2); 695 (3); 756 (2); 815 (6); 820 (12); 821 (4); 825 (3); 838 (6); 863 (1): 991 (3); 1465 (3); SS17 (2);
  • Unit Drilling Company: Rig 15 (2); Rig 19 (1); Rig 25 (2); Rig 39 (1); Rig 103 (4); Rig 116 (3); Rig 117 (2); Rig 118 (2); Rig 125 (1); Rig 126 (1); Rig 150 (2); Rig 234 (1); Rig 301 (2); Rig 305 (3); Rig 327 (1);
  • Unit Texas Drilling LLC: Rig 3 (1); Rig 26 (3); Rig 307 (1); Rig 310 (1); Rig 320 (1); Rig 359 (1)

New IADC Members

IADC welcomes 32 new members:

  • All In Services S.A. de C.V. Chula Vista, California;
  • CCCC International Shipping Corp., Beijing, China;
  • Centris Consulting, Scranton, Pennsylvania;
  • Centro de Desarrollo Tecnico Chicontepec, Tihutlan, Veracruz, Mexico;
  • Efadco Petroleum Services Company, Cairo, Egypt;
  • ENAP, Santiago, Chile;
  • Devendra Enterprises Private Limited, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Hatch Energy, Invergordon, Ross-Shire, Scotland, United Kingdom;
  • Industrial Training and Assessment Services (INDTRA SERV), Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico;
  • Ingress Partners, Al Khobar, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia;
  • Instituto Petrolero Ecuatoriano, Quito, Ecuador;
  • International Petroleum Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Invista, Bacliff, Texas
  • IV Energy Ltd. T/A IV Offshore, Ipswich, England, United Kingdom;
  • Linrich Solutions, LLC, Houston, Texas;
  • Maplo-Well Control School, Champos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janerio, Brazil;
  • Maverick Drilling, Houston, Texas;
  • Moody (Shanghai) Consulting Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China;
  • North Dakota Safety Council, Bismarck, North Dakota;
  • Offshore Petroleum Services S.A. de C.V., Chula Vista, California;
  • OMCI Shipmanagement PVT, Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India;
  • Powerline Energy Services, Midland, Texas;
  • Red Rocks Community College Rocky Mountain Education Center, Lakewood, Colorado;
  • Renegade WLS, Levelland, Texas;
  • Rig Hunter LLC, Houston, Texas;
  • Sepanta Holdings Limited, London, United Kingdom;
  • Shipcom Wireless, Houston, Texas;
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College Regional Workforce Training Center, Summit, Mississippi;
  • TCL Drilling, Chinchilla, Australia;
  • Triton Equipment & Services, The Woodlands, Texas;
  • Tulsa Rig Iron, Inc., Kiefer, Oklahoma;
  • Vigil Antislip, LLC, Houston, Texas

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