Well Engineering

Our well engineering team has extensive experience in the planning and operational support of exploration, appraisal and development wells.

Our well planning expertise covers HPHT, MPD, shallow water, deep water and ultra deep water environments. We have an expertise slant towards deep water and ultra deep water wells due to our most recent well projects.

Our well planning exposure includes wells from platforms, jack-up's, semi submersibles and DP drill ships.

We can work with a client's subsurface team to generate high level conceptual well designs with associated time and cost models to feed into the option generation, analysis and selection process. We can then provide the necessary support to short list options and make a final recommendation based on both technical and cost considerations.

With a final option chosen or already on the table, we can refine the provisional well design and planning through the detailed engineering phase, peer reviews and stage gates to culminate in an approved well basis of design and rig site drilling program.

We pride ourselves on generating rig friendly drilling programs that are not only technically sound and suitably informative but operationally practical and clearly understandable.

Our objective is simple. To ensure the well design, planning and drilling program provide the best possible opportunity for excellence in execution.

Some of the activities we are typically involved with are:

  • High level conceptual well design
  • Offset Data Analysis
  • Options analysis
  • Scoping cost estimates
  • AFE generation
  • Benchmarking
  • PEER reviews
  • Risk management
  • Tenders
  • Long lead tangibles identification
  • Equipment selection
  • Procurement
  • Relief Well Planning
  • Performance monitoring

 

  • Detailed Well Design
    • Slot to target allocation optimization
    • Trajectory selection
    • Drill string & BHA design
    • Torque & Drag analysis
    • Casing design
    • Cementing options
    • Fluid selection
    • Hydraulics analysis
    • Casing wear management plans
    • DWOP
    • Phase target setting
    • ECD / BHP management

Completions & Well Testing

Our completion and well testing team has extensive experience in the planning and operational support of exploration, appraisal and development wells.

Our completion and well test planning expertise covers HPHT, shallow water, deep water and ultra deep water environments.

For exploration and appraisal wells, we can design the well test programs for both down hole and surface packages that meet the client's well objectives.  Our programs take into consideration the local environment in terms of physical location, equipment availability, logistics and local regulations.

Well design in the reservoir section is also considered with regard to future options for these exploration and appraisal wells.

For Development wells, we bring practical experience of having worked through the full life cycle of several large deep water projects involving both Dry and Wet Tree completion designs as well as more conventional shallow water operations.

Our engineers have experience with producing initial designs at the “Concept” phase of development, working closely with Subsurface, Facilities and Management teams to provide ‘fit-for-purpose’ solutions. These designs typically being narrowed down and revised by the Completion Engineer as the project objectives becomes more clearly defined and a better understanding of the time and cost challenges are understood.

Team members have all been involved with preparing completion and well test tender documents, specifying technical requirements and engaging in bid evaluations (technical and commercial) and making subsequent recommendations.

The Completion & Well Test engineers liaise with service partners to ensure job preparations meet expectations, prepare Programs to achieve the client's identified objectives and provide wellsite supervision to ensure successful operational execution.

Some of the activities we are typically involved with are:

  • High level conceptual completion design
  • Completion options analysis
  • Scoping cost estimates
  • AFE generation
  • Benchmarking
  • PEER reviews
  • Risk management
  • Tenders
  • Long lead tangible identification
  • Equipment selection
  • Procurement
  • Detailed Completion & Well Test Design
    • Sand control
    • Gravel packs
    • Injections tests
    • Stimulation
    • Well clean up
    • Production rate testing
    • DST
    • CWOP
    • Performance Monitoring

Operations Supervision

Our well operations team has extensive offshore experience in the execution of exploration, appraisal and development wells. Our operations expertise covers HPHT, MPD, ERD, shallow water, deep water and ultra deep water environments. With an expertise slant towards deep water and ultra deep water wells due to our most recent well projects.

Our operations team have managed offshore drilling, completions and testing activities on platforms, jack-up's, semi submersibles and DP drill ships.

With our integrated well planning approach the operations team are contributing early in the well planning and risk management process. Early insight into rig capability, condition, required modifications, limitations and inventory ensure that planned operations are within the bounds of technical reality and their associated risk exposure fully understood.

In addition to our Drilling Superintendents our core operations team consists of Drilling Supervisors, Drilling Engineers, QA/QC Supervisors, Completion Supervisors and Well Test Supervisors. The team can be supplemented with our Logistics supervisors if required.

Our objective is simple.  To safely deliver excellence in execution.

Some of the activities we are typically involved with are:

  • Rig mobilization planning
  • Rig capability assessment
  • Rig dual activity optimisation
  • Safety Critical equipment health checks
  • Well control equipment review
  • Well Control procedures
  • Well Control Bridging documents
  • Rig site operational instructions
  • Emergency response planning
  • Logistics plans - Master Equipment List
  • Tubular handling & running plans
  • Deck layout plans
  • DST surface spread mockups
  • DST
  • BOP configuration & capability
  • Wellhead stackups & running tool interfacing
  • Running tool checks & procedure reviews
  • Supply vessel management plans
  • Helicopter management plans
  • Rig crew skill sets review
  • HSE Bridging documents
  • Spill contingency planning
  • Capping & Containment capability
  • ROV capability and tooling
  • Loss of station procedures & drills
  • Gravel pack & stimulation deck spreads
  • Service partner audits
  • SIMOPS planning & interface documents

Next Steps...

To discuss your specific well project please reach us via our Head of Well Management, Charlie Gilbertson. Contact details below. Alternatively complete the inquiry form on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.

We look forward to discussing your well project needs.

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