API publishes new well construction interface bulletin

The American Petroleum Institute published a new oil and gas industry bulletin for well construction interface, the latest of several standards developed or strengthened as a result of task force recommendations following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well accident.

API Bulletin 97, Well Construction Interface Document Guidelines, provides guidance on information that is to be shared regarding well construction and rig specific operating guidelines. It is intended to align the lease operator’s safety and environmental management system with drilling contractor’s safe work practices, API said.

“These well construction guidelines will help lease operators and drilling contractors ensure that they are on the same page when it comes to safety,” said David Miller, API standards director. “We are constantly working to ensure industry standards reflect the best practices, technologies, safety standards and environmental protections possible.”

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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