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Automated managed pressure drilling systems can play key role

To thrive in today’s economic environment, major oil and gas companies are expecting more automated systems that can consistently accomplish drilling activities with higher speed, increased accuracy, and less human intervention. The automation of barrier management and managed pressure drilling (MPD) operations are a prime example of new technology solutions to meet such demands.

Moving towards remote operations

An automated MPD system capable of remote operations requires a robust, redundant, and extremely dependable barrier management system. 

What makes up a barrier management system?

What barriers exist, what their critical controls are, and how their status is assessed and monitored in daily operations. Barrier management involves both risk management and mitigation. 

MPD barrier management – mitigating risk

This final part of barrier management is where the MPD systems can really shine. With the ability to manipulate the pressures in the well, using SBP, automated MPD systems can actively maintain, and even improve, the barrier’s health as it weakens.

MPD barrier management – challenges and risks 

The first challenge with any barrier management system occurs in the planning and design phase, when the barriers and their limits must be clearly identified. While barrier management is by no means a new concept to the industry, the classification of risk and identification of different barriers vary from company to company. For conventional drilling operations, these risks and barriers are well defined and generally well-regulated with documented industry best practices and minimum safety requirements, such as API 6, API 16, API 53, API 59, and API 92M. But with the introduction of new technologies and techniques, like MPD, paired with the industry’s increased push to automation, these existing regulations and best practices can fail to properly identify some of the new risks and barriers. 

When talking about barrier management, MPD should be looked upon as a critical tool, especially with regard to rig automation and remote operations. The challenge is that it can’t just be an advanced early-kick-detection system, or an automated influx circulation system; to be truly automated, it needs to be able to: 

  • Clearly identify all barriers and the individual components that define them 
  • Understand and define the limits of the entire system, its barriers, and each component
  • Monitor those barriers, both as single parameters and in a holistic view for complex events, such as influxes or losses
  • Identify missing or degraded barriers and automate the implementation of corrections
  • Proactively implement better controls and mitigations to minimize risks of events 
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