Guidelines provide framework for deepwater drilling operations

Lee Hunt International Association of Drilling Contractors Houston Morrison Plaisance Diamond Offshore Houston An industry task force has compiled guidelines based on current knowledge and best practices to help operating and service companies work safer and more efficiently in deep water. According to committee member Stan Christman of Exxon Upstream Development Co., "From the start, our philosophy was to prevent incidents in the first place rather than react to them. Because of this emphasis, the largest section of the guidelines is devoted to well design and well control planning." Within a 12-month period that began in April 1997, key members from the indus...

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