How To Get into Oil and Gas Industry

by DrillingFormulas.Com on September 30, 2014

The standpoint for employment in the industry of oil and gas today has been consistently vehement.  Most people are expecting a “crew shift” transformation because today a lot of existing employees are quitting or retiring due to which there is substantial demand and fresh employment opportunities. The petroleum industry is one of the most wanted industries for employees because of challenge and payment. There has been increasing need for people who are skilled and credible, ranging through different genres from roustabouts, drilling supervisors, geologists, & engineers, health and environmental consultants, etc.  A couple of strong years of experience and consistency in the oil and gas industry could lead to brilliant opportunities and a bright future ahead. However, the question that arises is- “How should one go about it?


Usually people can start their journey in this industry through technical or entry-level positions, which might need certain qualifications, but it is not mandatory.  It could be helpful to have some kind of knowledge or experience in mechanical or electrical knowledge because these skills can land you a job in oil & gas industry easier. Your resume will get better with safety-related or technical certifications. Apart from these, leadership & communication skills, working under pressure, being a perfectionist, team work and co-ordination are also required.

Offshore or Onshore?

Positions for both offshore & onshore are available; however, offshore jobs have better pay since individuals with more experience are chosen for the offshore jobs. In fact, offshore operations are quite expensive hence safe & efficient operations are crucial. There are some who think of offshore jobs as more dangerous, and require workers to stay away from home for longer time. There’s no doubt that such kind of jobs involve more long hours of duty and more difficult task, but when it comes to pay, it’s worth it. [click to continue…]


Drill string valves and IBOPs VDO Training

by DrillingFormulas.Com on September 27, 2014

Drillstring valves and IBOPS are one of the most critical well control equipment on the rig. This VDO training will teach you about drillstring valves and iBOPs. After watching this, you will fully understand several of the valves and their applications. Additionally, we also have full VDO transcript to help anyone who are unable to fully understand the English speaking in the VDO. We wish you would enjoy watching it.

Full VDO Transcript



Drill string valves stop fluid from flowing up the drill string often if the drill kicks with the bit off bottom. Formation fluids flow from the annulus and up the drill string. Crewmembers close of the drill string valves. The flow is in the string, If the Kelly is made up the can close the upper or lower Kelly cock. If the Kelly is not made up then they can install the full opening safety valve in the top of the drill string.

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Kick Prevention for Horizontal Wells

by DrillingFormulas.Com on September 23, 2014

After we’ve learnt several topics in regard to horizontal well control, today we will talk about how to prevent well control situation both while drilling and while tripping. Since the horizon well control is quite tricky when compared to normal well control due to long reach horizontal section, the best way is to prevent it.


How To Prevent Kick While Drilling (Horizontal Wells)

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Kick Scenarios in Horizontal Wells For Well Control

by DrillingFormulas.Com on September 14, 2014

Drilling horizontal wells are always in the development phase and people know the geological area pretty well. Additionally, they can accurately determine reservoir pressure of the target sand for the horizontal candidate. Hence, drilling engineers can plan the well with less chance of being underbalance condition. However, there are several scenarios where the well control occurs in horizontal wells. We will need to understand what circumstances can create well control situations in the known well bore pressure like the horizontal wells.


Swabbed Kick

The swab in the horizontal wells is similar to swabbing in normal well. Swabbing effect can occur when the pipe is pulled off bottom for making up connection or when tripping out of hole. High rate of swab entering into the well can happen if swabbing occurs when tripping out of the hole. The length of horizontal section will be exposed to the differential swab pressure. On the other hand, the swab will be small when the pipe is pulled off bottom for making connection. In this case, you may see several small gas behind the bit which will show on the surface later. [click to continue…]


Introduction To Well Control for Horizontal Wells

by DrillingFormulas.Com on September 8, 2014

Currently, horizontal wells are widely drilled around the world because the production from the horizontal  wells is outperform normal vertical or deviated wells at the same location. The productivity of the well increases because of longer penetration into a pay zone and/or more intersection of reservoir fractures (see Figure 1) .

 Introduction To Well Control for Horizontal Wells 1

Figure 1: A normal well and a horizontal well

Well control for the horizontal wells has the same fundamental principle during the circulation of influx from the well.  There are some corrections which adjust for frictional pressure between true vertical depth and measure depth since the horizontal wells usually have very long depth in comparison to wellbore true vertical depth.


Driller’s method is a preferred method for horizontal well control because it does not require drill pipe pressure schedule. Personnel can start circulate the first circulation to remove kick and displace the well with kill weight fluid using the second circulation method. However, if Wait and Weight method is planned to used, personnel should use a well control kill sheet with horizontal well feature to simulate the profile. It is very difficult to determine drill pipe schedule because there are several factors associated with calculations as well bore profile, size of pipe, hole size, etc. [click to continue…]


Driller’s method and wait and weight method (engineer’s method) are widely used to circulate wellbore influx while maintaining bottom hole pressure constant. There are a lot of opinions regarding which method is the best for well control operation therefore this article will discuss about pros and cons of both methods.


Driller’s Method

The driller’s method requires two circulations to kill the well. The first circulation is to circulate influx out of the well with original mud weight. The second circulation is to kill the well with kill weight fluid. During the first circulation, the bottom hole pressure remains constant due to maintain drill pipe pressure constant while circulating. For the second circulation, in order to maintain constant bottom hole pressure, casing pressure is held constant while circulating kill mud to the bit. Once the kill mud passes the bit, the drill pipe pressure will be held constant until the kill weight mud is on surface and there is no sign of influx in the annulus.

Wait and Weight Method

The Wait and Weight method requires only one circulation. The influx will be circulated out while the kill weight mud is displaced into the well simultaneously. While pumping the kill fluid from surface to the bit, drill pipe pressure schedule must be strictly followed. After that the drill pipe pressure is maintained constant until the kill mud returns back to surface.  Some people call the Wait and Weight method as “Engineer’s Method” because there are more calculations compared to the Driller’s method.

Comparison between Driller’s Method and Wait and Weight Method

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Shut-In Procedure while Tripping with a Subsea BOP Stack

by DrillingFormulas.Com on August 31, 2014

After we publish this article “Hard Shut-In Procedure while Drilling with a Subsea BOP Stack”, there are some people asking us about what about the shut-in procedure while tripping with a subsea stack. So today we will focus on this topic.


For the shutting in procedure with subsea stack, there are 3 steps which are stab valve, space out, and shut in and the details for the procedure are below.

 1st step: stab valve

  • Stab the full opening safety valve into the string and then make it up to the drillstring. Close the valve.

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Enchova Central Blowout Oilfield Disaster

by DrillingFormulas.Com on August 26, 2014

Learning from the past oilfield disaster will help you realize about well control, safety management, etc which you can apply to mitigate the future catasrophe. Today, we would like to share the information about Enchova Central which blown out years ago. This is very good information for everybody.

The Enchova Central platform, which was the place where two big catastrophies occurred was situated in the Campos Basin close to Rio de Janeiro and was administered by Petrobras. The initial incident was on August 16, 1984, when there was fire and an explosion. Most of the people and personnel at the time of the incident were saved with a helicopter or lifeboat. However, 42 workers lost their life in this catastrophe.

It was the most consequential and grave occurrence when there was an issue in the functioning of the lowering mechanism of a lifeboat due to which there was a malfunction with the bow hook. Consequently, the lifeboat was left hanging vertically till there was a rupture in the stern support and following this the lifeboat drowned 10 to 20m to the sea, which resulted in the death of 36 personnel. Around 6 personnel lost their lives on trying to jump 30 or 40m from the platform to the sea.

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Hard Shut-In Procedure while Drilling with a Subsea BOP Stack

by DrillingFormulas.Com on August 21, 2014

Nowadays, deepwater drilling is one of the important parts of drilling in the world and there are a lot of ongoing deepwater operations. Our team will start focus on subsea well control and this topic is about hard shut in procedure while drilling with a subsea stack. This is quite similar to surface stack but it is quite tricky how you space out the well properly because the BOP is way down below approximately thousand feet from sea surface.

Shut-In Procedure while Drilling with a Subsea BOP Stack

There are 3 steps which are space out, shut down and shut in and the details for the procedure are below.

1st step: Space Out

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Introduction To Underbalanced Drilling VDO Training

by DrillingFormulas.Com on August 17, 2014

Underbalanced drilling becomes very famous in several places of the world because there are some advantages over normal drilling operations. Today we would like to share the basic underbalanced drilling 101 for everybody who is interested in this topic. It is presented by Shell and we also add full VDO transcript for anybody who cannot catch the information from this presentation.

Underbalanced Drilling 101 Full VDO Transcript

This presentation introduces the concept and equipment used in underbalanced drilling operations. The key differences between underbalanced drilling and conventional overbalanced drilling are at both the conceptual and the technical level. At the conceptual level the subsurface drilling conditions needs to be investigated further, the rotating drill bit cuts away rock to deepen the well. The drill cuttings are lifted to the surface by the circulating drilling fluid.

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