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Despite the greater emphasis placed on safety and mitigation procedures, serious incidents continue to plague the oil and gas industry. While major international players can absorb financial losses resulting from multiple breakdowns, structural and environmental damage, and litigation, just one incident of incorrect operation or equipment failure can put an enterprising small oil or gas company at tremendous risk.

Consider pipeline safety,  for example

Between 2002–2021, there was an average of 34 serious pipeline incidents per year, with an average of 13 fatalities and 56 injuries annually. Through November 2022, there were 17 incidents, 9 fatalities, and 24 injuries.

Source: US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration

 

Source: US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration

 

Although these pipeline statistics are below their 20-year highs, the oil and gas industry experiences adverse incidents across all lines of operation. Three leading causes of incidents pertain to training, turnover, and technology.

 

The Wellsite Report app is nimble and simple to use

Easy to implement and even easier to work with, the versatile Wellsite Report app stands apart from other oil and gas reporting software for incident reporting and data capture. It enables field workers to quickly create detailed reports on safety incidents and service quality failures, alert relevant parties in real time that an incident has happened, and use an incident management workflow to assess incidents and take corrective actions. Plus, you can digitize your company’s existing forms for mobile and desktop use to eliminate paper at the job site.

 

Improve safety and reduce your risk of incidents the Wellsite Report way.

 


 

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importance of securing site assets

Jodi Rell, who served as the 87th governor of Connecticut, said, “At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.” How very true. Yet while the goals may be simple, the means to achieve them can be complex and costly.

The oil and gas industries require multiple insurances: general liability, environmental liability, property insurance, healthcare insurance, and disability insurance. You can insure anything. Commercial property insurance will help you mitigate the costs of repair or replacement of structures, equipment, and physical property from theft, vandalism, and fire. It can be costly, but it’s not optional.

Sabotage leaves thousands in the cold

Take the sabotage case of Aspen’s Black Hills Energy. On December 26, 2020. Despite chains and locks, valves in three separate sites were turned to depressurize the gas flow, leaving many residences without heat or hot water.

The solution? Technicians from Black Hills and at least four other energy companies had to drive, in the Aspen snow, to manually turn off roughly 3,500 residential gas meters to secure and test the system. Later, they had to return to all those homes to relight pilot lights. Approximately 40 to 60% of the residences had someone at home during the technicians’ first attempt to restore energy. The city of Denver provided 4,000 space heaters for distribution, which required pre-emptive measures to be taken to prepare for the extra draw on the electrical grid that the heaters would create.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, “Earth First!,” the name of a radical environmental organization, was written on one of the pipelines. The total cost to resolve the incident is estimated to be approximately $1.4 million. Fortunately, no one was injured.

 

BH Energy Aspen outage area

Source: Black Hills Energy

Likewise, damage — intentional or otherwise — to offshore production sites, will also have far-reaching effects well beyond the rig site. An incident at an offshore facility could cause extensive environmental damage that has a devastating impact on the economies of coastal areas, as well as tragic ramifications for the environment and its natural inhabitants.

 

Where do the vulnerabilities lie?

According to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), of a dozen physical infrastructure components of the oil industry, the three with a “High” level of vulnerability to intentional damage or disruption were: refineries, product pipeline interconnects, and product distribution (rail, truck, and barge). The two that were characterized as having a “Low” level of vulnerability were: the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) and crude oil pipelines. However, the NPC considered the impact on supply, economy, and safety to be “High” for 10 of the 12 components.

As for the gas industry, the only one of nine physical infrastructure components rated to have a “High” level of vulnerability was: city gate (LCD) interconnections. Gas processing plants and gas compressor stations were rated to have “Medium” vulnerability. The NPC also considered the impact on supply, economy, and safety to be “High” for seven of the nine industry components.

 

WSR incident reporting

Ways to ensure asset security

In the event of a site incident, SMS text messages can be sent directly from the Wellsite Report website to the mobile devices of any number of personnel — at any time, 24/7. Whether it’s a quick update, an alert, a report, or other information — even an image or PDF attachment, your message can be sent immediately from the field.

From a proactive standpoint, project/site managers can use Wellsite software to manage the installation and maintenance of barriers that protect compressor stations, main load valves, right-of-way easements, meter and regulation stations, substations, water impoundments, and well pads. The software can also be used to schedule and track the delivery, storage, and deployment of chain-link, electrified, or non-conductive vinyl temporary or security fencing.

 

 

Inland or offshore, Wellsite Report can help keep your site well-protected.

 


 

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California's offshore oil and gas infrastructure

In a previous blog, we discussed pipeline safety and the main causes of pipeline leaks. While it did cite some statistics about spill incidents affecting U.S. waterways, the article focused more on leaks occurring at overland pipelines. 

Today’s focus is on offshore spills, specifically along the southern California coastline.

What we know so far

As of the posting of this article, an estimated 144,000 gallons of oil have spilled into southern California waters as a result of an underwater pipeline rupture. The platforms and pipelines in the area of the leak were installed 4.5 miles off the California coast in the early 1980s by a consortium led by Royal Dutch Shell.

After four decades of operation, one would expect a wear-and-tear issue to be the cause of the spill. But the pipeline in question, now operated by Houston-based Amplify Energy, which also operates the former Shell platforms, appears to have been damaged by something beyond Amplify’s control.

California ships near spills map

In shipping terms, a port arrival does not necessarily mean a ship is in dock. It simply means a vessel has reached its destination even if it is still offshore awaiting port entry.

According to MarineTraffic, a navigation service that tracks data from ship transponders, it appears, however, that the Rotterdam Express didn’t stay put at SF-3. After initially dropping anchor 2000 feet from the Amplify pipeline, the ship moved thousands of feet to the south about 5 p.m., on a track that took it directly over the pipeline lying 100 feet below on the sea floor. The ship then returned to SF-3 10 minutes later.

Hours later, around midnight, the Rotterdam Express moved yet again but soon returned to its assigned anchorage. At 8 a.m. the morning of September 23, the shipping vessel moved one more time before returning to SF-3. On Sunday October 3, the Rotterdam Express moved to the docks at Long Beach to unload.

Preliminary reports from Coast Guard divers suggest that an anchor hooked on to a bend in the pipeline and dragged it 105 feet from where it was. Speaking before reporters, Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher said, “The pipeline has essentially been pulled like a bowstring.”

Hapag-Lloyd, the shipping company that operates the Rotterdam Express, denies any role in the spill. And the company may be correct in its assessment. At an October 8 press conference, the Coast Guard said that the underwater pipeline was likely initially damaged by a ship’s anchor several months to a year ago. In addition, the spill could be the result of multiple anchor strikes to the pipeline after the initial strike.

Controversy has also ensued over as to when Amplify knew there was damage to its operations and why the company didn’t alert federal agencies about the oil spill until six hours after initial low-pressure alarms sounded.

 

Why are so many ships off the California coast?

The global supply chain has been disrupted, and it all ties back to the pandemic.

In brief, China will shut down its ports for two weeks even if literally only one dockworker tests positive for COVID. Most recently, it happened in Ningbo, the world’s third-busiest container port.

Shipping costs have also skyrocketed as there is a shortage of cargo containers, and Asian exporters are in bidding wars to secure space on ships. In addition, cargo vessels are leaving Asian ports much later than normal and losing docking slots at their Pacific coast destinations.

According to data from the Marine Exchange of Southern California, there were 90 container ship port arrivals in Los Angeles on Tuesday October 5. Sixty-three of those ships were waiting offshore, with some anchored as far as 20 miles from the coast.

Ships at port can now wait in their anchorage spots for up to a month. Currently, half a million cargo containers are stuck off the coast of southern California waiting to be unloaded. That’s because the coronavirus has reduced the longshoremen workforce, causing all of our west coast ports to operate well below their capacity.

 

How Wellsite Report can help platform operators

Californias offshore oil infrastructure

California is the nation’s third-largest oil-producing state, having more than 200 miles of sea floor pipelines that serve 23 offshore platforms off the coasts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange counties.

Wellsite Report enables platform operators to better manage their midstream transportation and address pipeline leaks. Our real-time incident reporting includes a summary, location, and incident type. Photos can also be attached to provide more details.

But we’re more than just reporting software. Use Wellsite to assign corrective actions and ensure incident resolution workflow and follow-up. As tasks are done, they can be marked “complete” in the app, so there’s never any question about the status of work.


 

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Big Change: Equipment to Files

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Observation reports now with SQ categories

Observation SQ categories

Remember our last release – subcategory addition for observation incidents?
Now we have an even better way to report them

 


 

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Hurricane Ida

As Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29, it hit Port Fourchon with 150-mph winds. According to portfourchon.com, the seaport is the base of operations for 250 companies:

 

Hurricane Radar Image

(Image credit: Mark Nissenbaum / Florida State University)

Fortunately, 288 offshore facilities were evacuated prior to the storm, but that shut down 96% of the Gulf’s crude oil production. Most of the area is without power or water and has been granted disaster status and aid from the federal government. Still, Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission told NPR that it will take weeks to fully assess damages and to recover. This explains the long lines at the gas stations! While there has been much damage — and flooding, complete with alligators — at least the entire city of New Orleans was not flooded due to the post-Katrina levee re-builds. The heroes here? Environmental engineers.

Environmental engineers are also critical at every stage of energy production. Whether they are restoring infrastructure after a disaster or working on a site that already runs smoothly, the degree to how successful an oil or gas operation functions often rides on their shoulders.

How Wellsite Report can help

From beginning to end, an environmental engineer is tasked with planning, troubleshooting, and ensuring compliance. Wellsite Report software can be used for tracking, timely reporting, and other tasks. It can also help environmental engineers and other key employees monitor:

Use our Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) reports to quickly and simply capture field data for:

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Did your inventory magically disappear? Or, perhaps the equipment that was due last week is still not in the field? Vinodkumar Raghothamarao, Director of IHS Markit EMEA states, “Oil and gas companies need to focus…on the non-hydrocarbon supply chains that handle the parts, materials and services required to run the business. The non-hydrocarbon supply chain is very critical to deliver…equipment and services. Procurement and supply chain strategies are set to be in the forefront of critical issues plaguing oil and gas companies.”

We’ve all heard the saying, “Time is money.” Well, so is inventory. A well-managed supply chain will:

Oh, ho, ho, it’s not magic

At a minimum, an oil rig will employ 50 workers and at least double that number for an off-shore rig. That’s a lot of people to manage. Now, consider all the inventory on the move (i.e., vehicles or units and all other equipment and materials) — inventory required for those workers to do their jobs. While there’s actually nothing magical about it, you may feel as if you need to be a wizard to keep track of it all.

You need to track:

You don’t have to fit into a box

Off-the-shelf solutions are rarely a good fit for any operation. Fortunately, we have a few tricks up our sleeve. Have unique equipment you need to track? We can customize that. Wish email notifications could be automated? We can make that happen, too — and more.

At Wellsite Report, we can customize:

WSR equipment management

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Earth digger at gas pipeline

With rig counts and drilling permits on the rise, pipeline construction and expansion isn’t far behind. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS.gov), the mileage of natural gas pipelines has grown from 1,377,320 miles in 2000 to 1,645,101 miles in 2020, a 16% increase. Likewise, miles of oil pipelines have increased from 158,248 in 2001 to 224,928 in 2019, a 29.6% increase.

Map of US gas pipelines

There’s been some bad news 

In August of 2020, North Carolina experienced the largest gas leak in the state’s history: A leaking pipe sleeve in Huntersville caused 1.2 million gallons of gas to spill before two teenage boys discovered and reported the leak. And you’ve undoubtedly heard about the imperfect storm this month when lightning ignited a gas pipeline leak that caused a fire in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s more, a pipeline pumping station leak caused the fatalities of three technicians in Iran on July 6.

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, there are four main causes of gas pipeline leaks:

Here’s the good news

While the amount of pipeline mileage has consistently grown over the past 15+ years, the number of spill incidents affecting U.S. waterways has declined considerably.

Miles of Pipelines vs Waterways Incidents

Pipeline Mileage Spill Incidents Affecting US Waterways

Pipelines continue to be the most efficient and economical means of energy transportation by far. The oldest natural gas pipelines — many 60 years old or older — were constructed from cast and wrought iron which are more easily corroded. The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 called for a survey monitoring the replacement progress of these iron pipelines. By end of 2020, 97% of all gas pipelines were made of more durable plastic or steel.

Don’t let the next news story in the pipeline be about your pipeline.

From construction to midstream transportation, Wellsite Report can help you manage your pipeline projects. Our real-time incident reporting includes a summary, location, and incident type. Photos can also be attached to provide more details. But we’re more than just reporting software. Use Wellsite to assign corrective actions and ensure incident resolution workflow and follow-up. As tasks are done, they can be marked “complete” in the app, so there’s never any question about the status of work.


 

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With the prices of oil and natural gas increasing over the past year (up $34.62 and up $1.621, respectively, per the EIA), so are the number of new well sites. The U.S. rig count has increased by 182 rigs over the last 12 months per Baker Hughes. Additionally, the Railroad Commission of Texas issued 732 drilling permits in April 2021 — that’s a 62% increase over the 456 permits they granted in April of 2020. With the number of new well sites on the rise, properly managing their development is more crucial than ever.

Wellsite Report can help you manage your data and site development workflow through a mobile app or web-based interface to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations. Having the ability to receive real-time status updates or alerts improves responsiveness to managing issues. Wellsite Report is easy to use, and task-based or stage-based updates can be created and submitted in seconds. They are cloud-stored and readily accessible from any site location.

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Empower your wellsite development team to

Wellsite Report software can also be used to

You build the rig, we’ll build the forms

The development stage can take months and is an expensive, massive-scale undertaking, and every well site has its own challenges. That’s why we offer to build customized forms specific to your operations. They can be accessed without wi-fi or cell signal, have their raw data exported to Excel®, and be converted to PDF. Wellsite Report enables you to account for everything during site development and beyond.

 


 

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Latest addition: Managed Operators

Managed Operators typeahead on Projects


 

New Incident subcategory for BBS

Observation SQ reporting via mobile app

Faster Incident load time

 


 

Improved Equipment data

Equipment items view page


 

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Newest in Custom Forms

Mathematical Expressions

Mathematical Expressions Fields Demo Clip

How does it work?

In other words, you can choose between addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mathematical Expressions will do the math for you. Moreover, it will handle the significant figures you choose, such as discounts and tax rates.

As an example, this Itemized Equipment Bill Invoice Form has a dynamic fieldset for each order

Mathematical Expression Fields Demo Clip

For more information and to begin implementing Mathematical Expressions, contact your Account Administrator!


 

New Subscription Tiers

We made WSR’s subscription process easier for you! Upgrade or downgrade your subscription quickly. You now have the option to select the components of WSR that matter to you most.

WSR Standard Tier

Access to CORE components. This is the useful, trimmed-down version. New to WSR? Try it by starting with a Standard subscription, and get familiar and comfortable with the app. 

Mobile Incident Submission

Incident Management
Personnel, Base and Unit Management
Intuitive Dashboards

Standard Dashboard sample

WSR Pro Tier

Unlock all CORE features; Incident Management and Reporting, Tasks and Action Items, and Project Management

Incident Management and Reporting

 

Create Tasks and Action Items

 

Project Management

Project Management and Updates sample

 

WSR Enterprise Tier

Unlock customized data management. Gain access to the entire functionality suite within WSR, including Form Builder Service, Equipment Module, Custom Analytics and SMS Communications. 

Mobile Custom Form

WSR’s most popular feature, Form Builder Service
Access Equipment Module
Customized Analytics*

Custom Dashboard Analytics screen sample

SMS Communications*
Custom Reports*

Stay tuned for more updates on our new tier-based subscription options. Save money and get the WSR that is right for you!


 

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