Posted on 07 June 2014
From 3 to 6 June 2014 Oil and Gas Engineering Academy's SPE student chapter based in Sochi hosted a series of meetings with Kirill Bogachev*, who is currently a drilling supervisor at "Sakhalin Energy".
Kirill had managed to deliver really great presentations to the young specialists about Sakhalin project and about innovative solutions employed by the operator on three platforms in the Sea of Okhotsk and at Russia's first LNG plant. These technologies were implemented to allow uninterrupted and safe production – safe both for the rig personnel and the flora and fauna of Sakhalin's northeast shelf which includes gray whales and Steller's sea eagles to name a few.
Among other things, Kirill discussed with the members of the OGE Academy's SPE student chapter how Russia n and Western offshore drilling and workover standards may be compared. Operators have only been drilling on the Russian shelf for less than a decade and have adopted many international technologies and practices.
What is the meaning of such concepts as "two barrier rule", "well integrity" and "seal failure mode"? How can we minimize the risks of accidents and blowouts during drilling operations and workover by adopting various international standards for cementing and casing design, selection of BOP equipment and downhole control systems? These are the questions that were analyzed by Kirill Bogachev. For OGE's MSc students who are used to working with North Sea and Gulf of Mexico specialists, it was the first meeting with a petroleum engineer who has practical experience working in subarctic conditions of the Russian shelf.