Introducing a new technology that reduces uncertainty and therefore risk of harmful, unplanned hydrocarbon release during drilling operations by providing additional secondary well control functionality in the event of rig evacuation. In most well control events, rig personnel have sufficient time to secure the well by following recognized well control operating procedures, utilizing long established well control technology. On occasion, shut-in does not occur before evacuation of the Blowout Preventer (BOP) control panel locations or, post-evacuation it is uncertain if shut-in procedures have been followed successfully. For example, if evacuation was sudden and the well remains in an unknown condition, potentially releasing hazardous hydrocarbons and associated gases to the environment. The author will discuss in detail the background and rationale to the new technology, including a review of well shut in potential versus time / incident severity and other human factors present at the moment of making the evacuation decision. The system design and intended operation will be explained including, specifically BOP function and monitoring when rig evacuation is occurring or has occurred. Several real-life scenarios will also be described for which the new technology could be operated. The system is designed to be deployed as an additional safety system, supplementing the rig's existing secondary well control technology or integrated with existing equipment to provide additional well control functionality. The novelty of the approach is that nothing is known to currently exist providing this functionality.

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