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In petroleum industry drilling operations even the most simple blowout can kill people and cost millions of dollars in equipment losses - and millions more in environmental damage and ensuing litigation. Government environmental and safety requirements demand that operating companies and drilling contractor personnel be rigorously trained in well control procedures and in responding to blowouts when they occur.

The book reviews classical pressure control procedures. In addition, specific situations are presented along with detailed procedure to analyze alternatives and tackle problems. The use of fluid dynamics in well control, which the author pioneered, is given careful treatment, along with many other topics such as relief well operations, underground blowouts, slim hole drilling problems, and special services such as fire fighting, capping, and snubbing. Case histories are presented, analyzed, and discussed.

In petroleum industry drilling operations even the most simple blowout can kill people and cost millions of dollars in equipment losses - and millions more in environmental damage and ensuing litigation. Government environmental and safety requirements demand that operating companies and drilling contractor personnel be rigorously trained in well control procedures and in responding to blowouts when they occur.

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Grace presents tested practices and procedures for well control, all based on solid engineering principles and his own more than 25 years of hands-on field experience. The volume reviews classical pressure control procedures. In addition, problems and specific situations are presented, along with detailed procedures to analyze alternatives. Grace pioneered the use of fluid dynamics in well control, and this is thoroughly covered, along with many other topics such as relief well operations, underground blowouts, slim hole drilling problems, and special services such as fire fighting, capping, and snubbing. Case histories--such as the oil fires of Kuwait--are presented, analyzed, and discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884152606
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/1994
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 Equipment in Well Control 3
Ch. 2 Classic Pressure Control Procedures While Drilling 28
Ch. 3 Pressure Control Procedures While Tripping 84
Ch. 4 Special Conditions, Problems, and Procedures in Well Control 113
Ch. 5 Fluid Dynamics in Well Control 218
Ch. 6 Special Services in Well Control 278
Ch. 7 Relief Well Design and Operations 318
Ch. 8 The Underground Blowout 341
Epilogue: The AL-Awda Project: The Oil Fires of Kuwait 367
Index 395
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