Webinar – Emergency Response Systems for Floating Drilling Installations

Dear students,
You are kindly invited to attend a lecture organized by the SPE Italian section:

Emergency Response Systems for Floating Drilling Installations

given by Paul Potter

The event will be held on Wednesday, 15th May 2013, 5:00 PM (Milan-time) via webinar at the DIATI.

Please confirm your presence by sending an e-mail to costanzo.peter@polito.it not later than Tuesday, 14th May 2013, 12.00 AM. The confirmation mail should have as subject: ‘participation to SPE lecture’ and in the body your name and student ID.


In the long term aftermath of the Macondo blowout and the ensuing loss of 11 lives and the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible drilling rig, a significant number of reports, analyses and recommendations have been published to thwart further eventualities or re-occurrences of this event.
Whilst many of these proposed measures are associated with drilling technology, methods and more focused procedures to be complied with during execution of the drilling programme for wells drilled in deep and ultra deep water, other aspects have been explored.  One of these is multiplicity of barriers and enhanced redundancies.
Emanating from the Gulf of Mexico, new statutory regulations have been proposed by the Macondo incident accountable company, BP.  These take the form of enhanced drilling standards and modification of the original American Petroleum Institute recommended practice, No. 53.
Drilling BOP stack barriers are initiated in a pre-planned procedure as a controlled event or else in semi or fully automated sequence as a reactive emergency response to a well control event.  This lecture details the design and operational philosophy of these recently enhanced systems.
The presentation concludes with a futuristic outlook into the drilling industry’s methodologies to minimize risk in drilling wells, some of which will be high pressure and high temperature in deep and ultra deep water.


Paul Potter has 34 years experience in the oil and gas industry, working mainly in the downstream drilling sector, but with significant working connections with major oil companies having performed work in the upstream sector of the industry.
For the past 35 years, he has been directly involved in subsea systems, working both as a hands-on subsea  engineer offshore and in management and consultancy positions.  Having been directly involved in three newbuild projects (one semi-submersible, Scarabeo 8 and two drillships, Discoverer Enterprise & Saipem 10000), his knowledge and experience of drilling plant design is extensive.
More recently, Paul has been and is currently involved in the development and qualification of new drilling methods/systems including managed pressure drilling and dual density drilling.
Paul has also conducted many  offshore drilling installation surveys as a consultant surveyor and has written a number of industrially accreditated training books for the industry in the particular area of deepwater well control systems.
Between 1982 and 2006, Paul studied at a number of universities in the UK as a part time student and holds a B.Sc. a M.Sc and a doctorate in Riserless Drilling.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society for Underwater Technology and is both a Chartered Engineer and a Marine Chartered Engineer, registered with the British Engineering Council.  He is also a Registered Subsea Engineer.  Paul is a full member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists in London. Currently Paul works for Ocean Rig UDW Inc. as an onshore subsea superintendent, based residentially in Athens, Greece.

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