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Arctic Offshore Drilling

The Industry Challenge:

Drilling operations in Arctic waters are typically required to have the capability to drill a relief well in the same season, should the drillers lose control of the well.

The conventional method for guaranteeing this is to have a second drilling rig on standby for all arctic drilling operations, which significantly increases costs, often making Arctic drilling unattractive.

How We Help:

C-FER used a quantitative risk approach to evaluate the performance of various well control equipment configurations to identify configurations that provide the greatest reliability.

This information was used by operating companies to apply for a waiver to the requirement of a same-season relief well, which would significantly reduce the cost of drilling operations.

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