Unconventional Resources: Safety IssuesOHSE/SHALESAFOPGB

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a thorough understanding of risks and safety measures related to products, equipment and different operations in unconventional Oil & Gas production facilities.
Audience :
  • Engineers and staff involved in operating unconventional Oil & Gas field production facilities.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • GENERAL RISKS ASSOCIATED TO OIL & GAS OPERATIONS

      • Introduction to risk assessment process. Hazard identification and risk assessment.
      • Risk of flammability:
      • Explosive atmospheres (ATEX): flammable products, explosive limits and flash point.
      • Ignition sources: naked flame, auto-ignition temperature, sparks and static electricity…
      • Risks associated with chemical products, fracturing fluids and toxic gas (H2S).
      • Health and hygiene risks associated with hydraulic fracturing operations. Medical fitness to work certificates.
      • Electrical risks. Area classification requirements. Certificates.
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DRILLING EQUIPMENT

      • Introduction to risks associated to derrick, rig floor, stabbing board, derrick board and crown block. Certificates.
      • Risk of dropped objects.
      • Works at height.
      • Introduction to risks associated to drawworks, top drive, travelling block, winches and pipe handling system. Certificates.
      • HSE management of lifting and rigging operations.
      • General layout of drilling activities: safety distances.
  • RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DRILLING OPERATIONS

      • Risks associated to mud preparation, mud tanks and mud pumps.
      • Risks associated to cuttings treatment units: shakers, degasser, desander, centrifuge…
      • Risks associated to cementing units and cementing operations.
      • Well control hazards and equipment.
      • Testing requirements: functional and pressure tests.
      • Inspection and certification of equipment and personnel with responsibilities in well control scenarios.
  • RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH COMPLETION & WELL INTERVENTION OPERATIONS

      • Risks associated with well completion and well testing operations. Main precautions.
      • Risks during well interventions:
      • Perforation.
      • Hydraulic fracturing.
      • Coiled tubing.
      • Particular HSE aspects of workover operations.
  • RISKS OF LOGISTICS - LAND TRANSPORTATION

      • Vehicles fitness and drivers competency assurance.
      • Journey management plan elements.
      • Transportation of dangerous goods.
  • MANAGEMENT OF SIMULTANEOUS PRODUCTION & WELL OPERATIONS

      • Introduction to SIMultaneous OPerationS (SIMOPS) in shale Oil & Gas production operations.
      • Main roles and responsibilities of the process.
      • Definition of works specific dossiers.
      • Hazard Identification and risk assessment of specified works. Exercise.
      • Development of interface document and matrix of permitted operations.
      • Exercise of development of a compatibility matrix.
      • Kick off meeting and induction of involved parties.
      • Management system framework. HSE bridging document.
      • SIMOPS management steering group. Meetings and activity planning.
      • Permit To Work (PTW) system. Objectives. Roles and responsibilities. Process. Application in SIMOPS process.
      • Use of interface matrix. Exercise.
      • Communication systems.
      • Emergency arrangements.
      • Management of change and downgraded situations in SIMOPS.
  • CASE STUDY - MANAGEMENT OF SIMOPS

      • Case study of a shale gas production plant and drilling:
      • Hazard identification and risk assessment.
      • SIMOPS compatibility matrix development.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • deepen knowledge of hazards involved in hydrocarbon processing,
  • assess risks involved in drilling and well intervention operations,
  • assess risks associated with land transportation,
  • describe the main elements to correctly manage simultaneous operations of production and drilling.

Ways & Means

  • Several applications and illustrations.
  • Several case studies and teamwork sessions.