Enhanced Drilling was preparing to deliver its EC-Drill® Controlled Mud Level (CML) drilling system to a major international operator in the Norwegian Sea. Due to demanding project timescales, the client required Enhanced Drilling to deliver a turn-key solution for training and operational preparedness.
EC-Drill® is used during the drilling of wells on floating rigs with a narrow pressure window to reduce risk of influx or formation fracture. Due to demanding project timescales, the client required Enhanced Drilling to deliver a turn-key solution for training and operational preparedness to use the system, which was the first time Enhanced Drilling had been required to do so.
Applicable regulatory standards required stringent training methodologies to be employed in preparation for the operation. Specifically, the standards required the use of simulation to support practical training and rehearsals of the operational procedures to use EC-Drill®. To be compliant, and to deliver effective training, Enhanced Drilling would need to integrate their system with a drilling simulator with only four months until spud.
Further to the regulatory requirements, it was the first time EC-Drill® had been used by the operator in the region and therefore, none of the supervisory personnel had experience of the system. While some of the drilling contractor’s crew had used the system previously, they had not used it in two to three years. Lack of familiarity with the system posed risk of additional non-productive time and an escalating cost of well delivery.
In the absence of a simulator compatible with EC-Drill®, Enhanced Drilling faced risk of project delay due to lack of training infrastructure or a deviation from the regulatory requirement to train the crews.