GSM has HANDLED some of the toughest projects in the world.
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GSM works with governments and clients in determining the best solution to some of the most complex situations. We are able to accomplish this because we have some of the brightest minds in the industry working as a team. We leverage our in-house knowledge and other associate experts around the world to determine the most effective and efficient solution.
GSM personnel have been involved from front-end planning through execution of worldwide exploration and development deepwater projects. Projects include well depths greater than 34,000ft, Harsh Environment, HPHT, High Angle, Sub-Salt, water depths in excess of 7,500ft and many more. Work has been performed in conjunction with major and independent operators. GSM provides customers with solutions to challenging issues through engineering design and project implementation in multi-cultural environments. The team has been integral in developing international capping plans for well containment. GSM and it’s people have been driving performance improvement from its inception; our team has been involved taking lower performing rigs to top of the class; both new builds and established operations.
Directional and Horizontal Drilling
GSM personnel were there when some of the first, major horizontal, wells were drilled in the United States providing both engineering and rig operational assistance on the projects. Since that time, GSM has engineered and supervised an extensive number of similar wells, including unconventional work with laterals reaching 10,000ft. GSM drilled the first horizontal wells in New Zealand. GSM personnel conduct industry-recognized seminars for horizontal and multi-lateral drilling techniques. GSM has used its directional drilling expertise to design and implement numerous relief wells, where they also provided hydraulic kill expertise.
GSM “has been there, done that” in deep and hot environments with high pressures. GSM has an extensive list of wells below 20,000ft and wide-ranging experience below 25,000ft. GSM pioneered work in engineering design and has provided supervision for geothermal drilling. GSM has developed courses for deep, hot drilling and completion operations and has performed work with mud weights of 17.5ppg and temperatures to 450 F.
Here are some notable projects from around the world that GSM has been a part of.
Trinidad and Tobago
GSM was called upon when a drilling well collided with an existing well and an underground blowout ensued. GSM used its proprietary software to model the blowout and design the kill procedure which was implemented successfully. GSM also assisted with equipment requirements and logistics.
GSM personnel were members of a well control team that was organized to combat a deep HPHT blowout in a very remote area of the country. The well was burning at more than 150,000 barrels per day from below 17,000 feet.
GSM was involved in the country’s first ever blowout that occurred in the McKee Field. Although approximately 1800 feet of casing had been cemented to the surface, the flow fractured to the surface and a crater formed immediately beneath the rig. GSM software was used to model the blowout and a multi-phase dynamic kill procedure was used within a few hours which saved the rig and limited the environmental impact.
GSM was involved with the biggest blowout in the country’s history. Numerous control attempts by others proved unsuccessful and GSM had to deal with remaining site conditions that made the work more difficult. It took four months to remedy the damage by others and two weeks to control the well using GSM’s project management expertise and software to design and implement a successful kill procedure.
GSM personnel led 17 firefighting teams to bring 300 well fires under control in the second largest field in the world when Iraq destroyed the oil wells as it vacated the country.
GSM was involved in what may be the biggest blowouts in African history due to a tubular failure that resulted in an uncontrolled flow in excess of 180 MMSCFPD and 5,000 BCPD into the shallow aquifers. As a result, a water well close by erupted creating a crater 150 feet in diameter and 100 feet in depth with fire heights reaching 300 feet. GSM’s proprietary software was utilized to model the situation and design and implement a successful control procedure.