When a blowout or a ‘kick’ occurs at the drilling site, the consequences are devastating. It can damage the oil rig severely and even cause fatalities. As the drillsite manager, you must adopt and enforce proper safety procedures to minimize the risk of such a disaster.
The best way to ensure that all workers are safe in a drilling site is by preventing the oil blowouts from happening. That involves watching for the warning signs and learning how to stop the blowouts. You also need to equip yourself with more effective methods to control existing blowouts after exhausting all the options at your disposal. Here are the safety tips to consider.
Learn to Recognize Signs of Trouble
As the chief operator in an oilfield, you need to be conversant with all the warning signs of an impending well blowout. For example, if the amount of fluid in the wellbore begins to rise for no reason, it could be a sign of a kick–the beginning stages of a blowout. You may also notice a sudden change in your drill bit’s rotation speed or a drastic change in well pressure. If anything seems out of the ordinary, stop drilling immediately and monitor the pressure in the oil well. Close the annular BOP if the pressure continues to rise.
Maintain Your BOP Equipment
Regular inspection and maintenance of BOP equipment are mandatory to ensure the machinery is working efficiently. Maintenance involves testing the BOP body pressure, hydraulic lines, and BOP stack. Use the manufacturer’s manual to inspect and maintain the equipment.
Other BOP maintenance practices to promote oil well safety include:
- Remove all the metal fragments in the BOP using a downhole magnet
- Clean out the mud in the equipment to minimize the risks of leakages
- Grease all the moving parts in the BOP equipment
Pro Tip: Well-maintained BOP equipment will lower the risks of blowouts in the drilling site, guaranteeing workplace safety.
Know What Your Worksite Needs
What is the safety equipment that your worksite needs? The scale of your operation will influence the number of BOPs you require and the amount of pressure they can handle. But regardless of details, your worksite will always require several basic pieces of equipment for blowout control:
Keep Your Workplace Safe
As an oilfield operator, you have to keep the workplace safe to avoid catastrophic oil well blowouts. Watch for the warning signs of blowouts and maintain your BOP equipment regularly. Keep your employees safe and your worksite productive.
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