Wells Expert Committee

The WEC aims to be the global voice of well Operators and a relevant and effective technical authority on the prevention and mitigation of high consequence well control events.

The purpose of the Wells Expert Committee (WEC) is to improve well Operators’ effectiveness in the prevention and mitigation of high consequence well control events throughout the well life cycle, but particularly during well construction and well work, recognising that such events pose the highest global risk to safety, to the environment, and to the industry’s license to operate.


Chair of the Wells Committee is Paul Forman, BP

Vice Chairs are Norbert van Beelan, Shell; Kim McHugh, Chevron

Management Committee sponsors are Craig May, Chevron; Jim Andrews, Schlumberger

For more information, contact Committee Manager Diana Khatun, dk@iogp.org

Macondo: 10 years on. This video shows how IOGP members, working together, helped to rebuild trust in the industry, and continues to do so.

2019 highlights

In 2019, the WEC is proud to deliver a number of work products that provide value for members and the industry:

WEC 2020 work plan

The WEC 2020 work plan provides a brief overview of the Committee’s key activities, recent highlights, and work streams for this year.

IOGP Report 625 – Prevention of Subsea BOP Control Tubing, Hoses, and Fittings Failures

The purpose of this guidance note is to raise awareness of the consequences of tubing, hoses and fittings failures, present potential root causes identified through this initiative, and share lessons learned from previous failures and proven mitigations to prevent reoccurrences of BOP system control tubing, hose, and fitting failures.

IOGP 485 – New list of standards and guidelines for Well Integrity and Well Control

A reference list of standards and guidelines relevant to drilling, well constructions and well operations.

IOGP Report 594 – Source Control Emergency Response Planning Guide for Subsea Wells

This report has been developed to guide Operating Companies in the planning and preparation of a suitable subsea source control emergency response plan.</P.

IOGP Report 628 – Recommendations for Enhancements to Well Control Drills in the Oil and Gas Industry

This report will help the industry evaluate existing or new well control drill programs that will ensure rig crews possess technical and non-technical competencies.

Video training resources

Identifying and responding to weak operational signals

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