Saudi Aramco’s vision is to be the recognized industry leader in safety, and as such the company has applied high safety standards governing any well intervention work in all types of wells throughout its history. Moreover, detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Operating Instruction Manuals (OIM) for all well intervention operations are regularly used to ensure safety and best operating practices are consistently applied. These standards and operating procedures are continuously reviewed and revised as needed.
This paper discusses the most salient safety and operating standards regularly applied in Southern Area well intervention operations, which has helped Saudi Aramco accumulate a stellar record of successfully and safely completing a very large number of well intervention jobs. The paper also provides case histories of challenging procedures in which the strict application of existing procedures and standards resulted in a positive and successful outcome.