API committee addresses annular casing pressure management

A new API recommended practice (RP) intends to provide a guide for managing annular casing pressure in offshore wells.An August workshop in Houston reviewed the draft proposal and solicited input from the attendees. American Petroleum Institute (API), US Minerals Management Service (MMS), and the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) organized the workshop.API expects balloting on the new RP to take place in the first-quarter 2005.Impetus for RPThe industry undertook this work as a result of the May 18, 2003, MMS notice to lessees and operators (NTL No. 2003-P072003) that requires all annuli in a well to be monitored for sustained casing pressure (SCP), per Federal Regulation 30 CFR 250.517(...

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