IOGP Report 476
Discover recommended ways to improve well control preparedness
The E&P industry must strive to consistently improve well control competency of personnel involved with all oil and gas well operations throughout the world, and this should be actively overseen by those who accept the risks associated with well control events. The industry has a focus on process safety and for well operations involving drilling, completion and well intervention, process safety means well control.
The second edition of Report 476 provides recommendations for improvements to current well control training, examination and certification processes, as well as related philosophies that should be considered for adoption throughout the industry to improve well control preparedness and performance.
The emphasis of this new edition is explained in detail in its Foreword.
The content of this report applies to all types of onshore and offshore well control operations worldwide. Its recommendations are applicable to the personnel who plan and execute well work at any stage of a well’s life cycle.
Issues specifically addressed include:
- well design;
- design of activities on wells;
- well construction (drilling and completion);
- well intervention, wellhead maintenance or work-over;
- plugging, suspending and abandoning wells.
The focus of this effort excludes production-related work.
This report is supported by an A3 poster, Well Control Training – Levels Guidance.