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Well safety

Our well safety focus is primarily in the area of prevention, in order to reduce the likelihood of major incidents. As part of this, we aim to eliminate any unplanned release of oil and gas from a well.

To achieve this, we work with a range of partners involved at every phase of the well life-cycle, from design to decommissioning.

IOGP members share good practice and continuous safety improvements in well construction, well intervention, and well integrity.

Our key work areas include:

Well control incidents

  • increasingly effective sharing of lessons learned amongst IOGP members
  • formalizing a culture of learning, and embedding lessons learned from well control events in members’ organizations
  • using the learning to constantly monitor gaps and focus on the right prevention areas

International standards, international collaboration and good coordination

  • pursuing the harmonization of key standards
  • monitoring and influencing new standard developments and their revisions
  • advocating for risk-based standards

Human factors training, behaviours & competence

  • providing a permanent improvement in the competence and behaviours of those people working in well control operations – a remit that includes operators, contractors and equipment manufacturers

Blow-out prevention (BOP) – reliability and technology, extending to equipment manufacturers and drilling contractors

  • identifying opportunities to improve BOP reliability and efficiency
  • promoting common industry solutions and identifying best practices

Key work areas

Global Industry Response Group (GIRG)

International recommendations for a global industry

Oil Spill Response

Global Industry Response Group (GIRG)

Global Industry Response Group (GIRG)

Where were you when the Macondo blowout and oil spill occurred?

It was a day everyone in the oil and gas industry will long remember.

On 20th April 2010, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon, drilling at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 crew and caused a major oil spill.

Given our unique role as the global voice of the upstream oil and gas industry, members looked to IOGP to take an important role in the aftermath of the incident.  The result was the creation of the Global Industry Response Group (GIRG) in July 2010.

GIRG’s remit was to identify, learn from and apply the lessons of Macondo and similar well incidents such as Montara off the coast of Australia.

GIRG drew on the experience and talents of more than 100 technical experts and senior managers – many of them full-time – drawn from some 20 companies.  The project lasted some nine months. The value of that freely-donated expertise came to tens of millions of dollars.

GIRG divided its work into three core areas:

  • Prevention: to improve drilling safety and reduce likelihood of a well incident
  • Intervention: to decrease the time it takes to stop the flow from an uncontrolled well
  • Response: to deliver effective oil spill response preparedness and capability

International recommendations for a global industry

International recommendations for a global industry

In May 2011, OGP published a comprehensive set of GIRG recommendations and proposed that three entities be created to manage and implement them.

  • The Wells Expert Committee (WEC): to analyse well incident report data and share lessons learned, advocate harmonized risk-based standards, communicate good practice, provide a permanent improvement well control teams’ competence and behaviours and promote continued improvement in BOP reliability and efficiency.
    You can learn more about the committee at Wells Expert Committee
  • The Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP): a consortium of operators to investigate, design and deliver improved  capping response with a range of equipment for shutting in wells, to design additional hardware for the subsea injection of dispersant and to further assess the need for and feasibility of global containment solutions.You can visit Subsea Well Response Project to learn more
  • The Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project: to manage the recommendations on oil spill response – develop new recommended practices, improve understanding of oil spill response tools and methodologies and to enhance coordination between key stakeholders internationally.Visit www.oilspillresponse.com for more information.

Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

The April 2010 Gulf of Mexico (Macondo) oil spill incident, and the Montara incident in Australia which preceded it, have had far-reaching consequences in prompting the re-examination by industry not only of operational aspects of offshore operations, but also of an operator’s ability to respond in the event of an oil spill incident or well blowout.

In response we formed the Global Industry Response Group (GIRG), tasked with identifying learning opportunities both on causation and in respect of the response to the incident.

Nineteen recommendations were identified and these are being addressed via a three-year Joint Industry Project (JIP) funded by sixteen oil industry members. The Oil Spill Response JIP (OSR-JIP) has initiated discreet projects or provides support to projects initiated by other trade associations in the nineteen subject areas resulting from the OGP GIRG-OSR project. The OSR-JIP is managed by IPIECA on behalf of OGP in recognition of its long-standing experience with Oil Spill Response matters.

In the Oil Spill Response website you can find information on the project and track the progress from month to month: completion is scheduled for December 2014.

Visit the site to find information on the project and track the progress from month to month