UK forum issues offshore safety guidelines

The Well Life Cycle Practices Forum (WLCPF), set up in the UK after the Macondo tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has published four new sets of guidelines for offshore operational safety.

The new guidelines cover operation of subsea blowout preventer systems, well integrity throughout the well lifecycle, well suspension and abandonment, and qualification of materials used for suspension and well abandonment.

WLCPF is a permanent function created by the Oil Spill Prevention & Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) and managed by Oil & Gas UK. OSPRAG completed its work last year (OGJ Online, Sept. 23, 2011).

The forum has published nine sets of guidelines.

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