Ultrapdeep water blowouts: COMASim dynamic kill simulator validation and best practices recommendations

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Title: Ultrapdeep water blowouts: COMASim dynamic kill simulator validation and best practices recommendations
Author: Noynaert, Samuel F.
Abstract: The petroleum industry is in a constant state of change . Few industries have advanced as far technologically as the petroleum industry has in its relatively brief existence . The produced products in the oil and gas industry are finite . As such , the easier to find and produce hydrocarbons are exploited first . This forces the industry to enter new areas and environments to continue supplying the world's hydrocarbons . Many of these new frontiers are in what is considered ultradeep waters , 5000 feet or more of water . While all areas of the oil and gas industry have advanced their ultradeep water technology , one area has had to remain at the forefront : drilling . Unfortunately , while drilling as a whole may be advancing to keep up with these environments , some segments lag behind . Blowout control is one of these areas developed as an afterthought . This lax attitude towards blowouts does not mean they are not a major concern . A blowout can mean injury or loss of life for rig personnel , as well as large economic losses , environmental damage and damage to the oil or gas reservoir itself . Obviously , up -to -date technology and techniques for the prevention and control of ultradeep water blowouts would be an invaluable part of any oil and gas company's exploration planning and technology suite . To further the development of blowout prevention and control , COMASim Cherokee Offshore , MMS , Texas A &M Simulator ) was developed . COMASim simulates the planning and execution of a dynamic kill delivered to a blowout . Through a series of over 800 simulation runs , we were able to find several key trends in both the initial conditions as well as the kill requirements . The final phase of this study included a brief review of current industry deepwater well control best practices and how the COMASim results fit in with them . Overall , this study resulted in a better understanding of ultradeep water blowouts and what takes to control them dynamically . In addition to this understanding of blowouts , COMASim's strengths and weaknesses have now been exposed in order to further develop this simulator for industry use .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1543
Date: 2005-02-17

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Ultrapdeep water blowouts: COMASim dynamic kill simulator validation and best practices recommendations. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1543 .

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