Automated BOP Testing Technologies Provide Economic Benefits Along with Personal and Process Safety Improvements
- Mark W. Anderson (Anderson & Spilman LLC) | Jeff Hilpert (Engenuity, Inc) | Matthew Graziano (Royal Dutch/Shell Group) | Douglas Zimpfer (Royal Dutch/Shell Group) | Sebastian Boegershausen (Royal Dutch/Shell Group) | Christian Kirker (Royal Dutch/Shell Group)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 3-5 March, Galveston, Texas, USA
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- 2020. IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference and Exhibition
- 1.6 Drilling Operations, 3 Production and Well Operations, 6.3 Safety, 1.7.5 Well Control, 2.4 Hydraulic Fracturing, 6.3.5 Process Safety, 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.7 Pressure Management, 2 Well completion
- Drilling Automation, Pressure Testing, Automation, BOP, Process Safety
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In 2013, a technology development project was started that digitized, automated and applied analytics to the blowout preventer (BOP) pressure testing process. At the time it was viewed that BOP testing was a neglected process and could benefit from a technology development project.
As a result of the deployment of automated BOP testing technologies, significant improvements have been achieved in process safety, personal safety and rig time savings. Rig time savings of up to 50% of the BOP testing time have been achieved.
Analog circular pressure chart recorders were replaced with a personal computer (PC) based digital pressure recording software. An automated valve actuation device was developed that can retrofit any API 6A style gate valve. An acoustic detection system for leaking valve identification was developed. A novel method of directly measuring a leak using a linear press pump was trialed that, after additional development work, may supersede the indirect leak measurement of the pressure decay leak testing method.
Future enhancements and development are underway to go beyond BOP testing. These are being developed to cover casing pressure tests, casing inflow tests and completions pressure tests. Also, field trials will commence shortly to apply this technology suite to completion and hydraulic fracturing domains.
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