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Universal Well Control - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323905848

Universal Well Control

1st Edition

Authors: Gerald Raabe Scott Jortner
Paperback ISBN: 9780323905848
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 632
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Universal Well Control gives today’s drilling and production engineers a modern guide to effectively and responsibly manage rig operations. In a post-Macondo industry, well control continues to require higher drilling costs, a waste of natural resources, and the possibility of a loss of human life when kicks and blowouts occur. The book delivers updated photos, practice examples and methods that are critical to modern well control information, ensuring engineers and personnel stay safe, environmentally responsible and effective. Complete with all phases of well control, the book covers kick detection, kick control, loss of control and blowout containment and killing.

A quick tips section is included, along with templated. step-by-step methods to replicate for non-routine shut-in methods. Bonus equipment animations are included, along with a high number of visuals. Specialized methods are covered, including dual gradient drilling and managed pressure drilling.

Key Features

  • Provides a practical training guide that is focused on well control, including expanded subsea coverage
  • Includes well kill procedures, with added kill sheets and bonus video equipment animations
  • Helps readers understand templated steps for non-routine shut-in methods, such as the lubricate and bleed method and variable mud volume


Drilling engineers; production engineers; well control supervisors; subsea engineers; drilling superintendents

Table of Contents

  1. Well Control Discussion and Theory
    2. Routine Well Control Methods
    3. Non-Routine Well Control Methods
    4. Specialized Well Control Methods
    5. Reference - Surface Well Control Equipment
    6. Subsea Well Control
    7. Subsea Equipment


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About the Authors

Gerald Raabe

Gerald Raabe has over 40 years of international oil industry experience with emphasis on drilling and well control. Drilling experiences include technical and operational aspects of well control, managed pressure drilling, and extensive Onshore/Offshore/Inland Barge rig site experience in both hard rock and sedimentary basin environments. He currently is a General Manager Operational Excellence and Senior Technical Advisor for Wild Well Control providing operational support for pressure control jobs and blowouts, site audits, crew awareness training, and well control prevention planning. Previously, he was VP Operations for Remedial Offshore LLC, Senior Drilling Engineer and Well Control Manager with Chevron. He is certified black belt in Lean Six Sigma Quality Improvement and earned an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Affiliations and Expertise

General Manager Operational Excellence for Wild Well Control, USA

Scott Jortner

C. Scott Jortner is a Professional Engineer with 45 years of domestic and international oil industry experience with emphasis on drilling. He is also Technical Director of RL Skills, his own training company with Gerry Raabe. The last 17 years have been in well control. Previously, he was a Senior Engineering Advisor/Manager Engineering for Wild Well Control, performing response plans for clients worldwide. Scott was also a consulting drilling engineer for Newfield Exploration, drilling manager for Offshore Exploration Development Corporation, and a drilling engineer, drilling superintendent, and offshore drilling manager for Pennzoil Company. He is a professional registered engineer in the state of Texas, and a member of SPE. Scott earned an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professional Engineer, Technical Director, RL Skills, USA

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