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Blowout and Well Control Handbook - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128126745, 9780128126752

Blowout and Well Control Handbook

2nd Edition

Author: Robert D. Grace
Paperback ISBN: 9780128126745
eBook ISBN: 9780128126752
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 25th May 2017
Page Count: 472
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Blowout and Well Control Handbook, Second Edition, brings the engineer and rig personnel up to date on all the useful methods, equipment, and project details needed to solve daily well control challenges. Blowouts are the most expensive and one of the most preventable accidents in the oil and gas industry. While some rig crews experience frequent well control incidents, some go years before seeing the real thing. Either way, the crew must always be prepared with quick understanding of the operations and calculations necessary to maintain well control.

Updated to cover the lessons learned and new technology following the Macondo incident, this fully detailed reference will cover detection of influxes and losses in equipment and methods, a greater emphasis on kick tolerance considerations, an expanded section on floating drilling and deepwater floating drilling procedures, and a new blowout case history from Bangladesh. With updated photos, case studies, and practice examples, Blowout and Well Control Handbook, Second Edition will continue to deliver critical and modern well control information to ensure engineers and personnel stay safe, environmentally-responsible, and effective on the rig.

Key Features

  • Features updated and new case studies including a chapter devoted to the lessons learned and new procedures following Macondo
  • Teaches new technology such as liquid packer techniques and a new chapter devoted to relief well design and operations
  • Improves on both offshore and onshore operations with expanded material and photos on special conditions, challenges, and control procedures throughout the entire cycle of the well


Well control engineers, well control specialists, blowout engineers, drilling engineers, petroleum engineers, rig managers, oil well firefighters, and graduate level petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

  1. Equipment in Well Control Operations
    2. Classic Pressure Control Procedures while Drilling
    3. Pressure Control Procedures while Tripping
    4. Special Conditions, Problems, Procedures in Well Control
    5. Fluid Dynamics in Well Control
    6. Special Services in Well Control
    7. Relief Well Design and Operations
    8. The Underground Blowout
    9. Case Studies
    10. Contingency Planning
    11. The Al-Awda Project: The Oil Fires of Kuwait


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About the Author

Robert D. Grace

Robert Grace is currently CEO and President of GSM, Inc., a successful consulting firm in the USA he founded in 1976. Robert has more than 40 years of onshite experience in the oil fields of the world. For the past 35 years, he has served primarily as a consultant in blowouts, fires, well control, deep drilling, and completion operations. As a well control expert, he has specialized in handling and supervising some of the most complex blowouts the industry has known, including the largest blowout in Texas history. He was also an advisor to the Kuwait Oil Company following the 1991 Gulf War. He has authored numerous conference papers and books, and he earned BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Robert is also a registered professional engineer.

Affiliations and Expertise

CEO and President of GSM, Inc, USA

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