Well safety

MajorIncidents_Topics_Text.jpgIn July 2010, OGP established the Global Industry Response Group (GIRG) to identify, learn from and apply the lessons of Macondo, Montara and similar well accidents.

Working closely with national and international regulators and industry associations from the outset, GIRG divided its work into three core areas:

  • Prevention: developing better capabilities and practice in well engineering design and well operations management
  • Intervention: improving well capping response readiness in the event of an incident and further study into the need for, and feasibility of, global containment solutions
  • Response: delivering effective and fit-for-purpose oil spill response preparedness and capability

International recommendations for a global industry

In May 2011, these three technical teams published their recommendations for improving well incident prevention, intervention and response capability. 

Central to their proposals was the formation of three new entities whose responsibility it is to manage and implement the delivery of the GIRG recommendations.

The first is OGP’s Wells Expert Committee (WEC), which is working to analyse well incident report data, advocate harmonised standards, communicate good practice and promote continued research and development.

The second is a consortium of nine major oil companies, known as the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP). SWRP is working to design a capping toolbox with a range of equipment to allow wells to be shut in, to design additional hardware for the subsea injection of dispersant and to further assess the need for and feasibility of global containment solutions.

And the final body is a Joint Industry Project – composed of OGP and IPIECA member companies – to manage the recommendations on oil spill response. This body is developing new recommended practices, improving understanding of oil spill response tools and methodologies and enhancing co-ordination between key stakeholders internationally.