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Rig up, conduct pre-spud operations and rig down

Unit Descriptor This unit covers the conducting of rig up, pre-spud and rig down operations in the drilling industry. It includes: planning and preparing for rig up operations; rigging up to spud; preparing for drilling of surface hole/subsea hole; preparing for pre-spud operations; conducting operations as per drilling program; and carrying out rig down operations. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

1 . Plan and prepare for operations

  1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to the work activity

  2. Obtain, confirm and apply work instructions for the allocated task

  3. Identify, manage and report all potential hazards

  4. Resolve coordination requirements with others at the site prior to commencing and during work activities

  5. Carry out pre rig-up procedure inspections (by rig manager, operator and crew) in accordance with standards for individual rigs

  6. Coordinate movement of load and sequence of installation and location in accordance with rig movement plan

  7. Check equipment for damage and/or loss by moving contractor and report and BI in accordance with requirements

2 . Rig up to spud

  1. Receive and action rig manager authorisation to commence rig-up to spud operations

  2. Receive detailed instructions on use and type of mud from the operator and distribute as appropriate and to required specifications

  3. Identify potential rig-up problems and take corrective action

  4. Keep rig manager informed of operations in accordance with legislative and company requirements

3 . Prepare for drilling of surface hole/subsea hole

  1. Check drilling and hoist equipment, report damage to rig manager and record in accordance with company policies and procedures

  2. Conduct equipment checks for nippling-up or cross-checked with relevant procedures

  3. Check handling equipment for correct sizing and if fit for purpose

  4. Confirm availability of and inspect, clean, calibrate and record tubulars in accordance with requirements

  5. Check well control equipment against work program requirements

  6. Identify special tool requirements and check if fit for purpose and approved for use

4 . Prepare for pre-spud operations

  1. Lock pipe racks with drill pipe and position drill collars for immediate use

  2. Inspect casing running tools and prepare for operation

  3. Record casing tallies and report to appropriate company officer

5 . Conduct operations as per drilling program

  1. Determine optimum circulating and penetration rates and check deviations are in accordance with operators drilling program

  2. Continually check mud cleaning equipment and screens for integrity and correct operation

  3. Check drilling fluid quantities against program requirements with sufficient being in reserve to kill well and keep hole on full trip

  4. Record correct mud properties on tour report

  5. Operate all equipment in accordance with manufacturer regulations and company procedures

  6. Maintain a sound working relationship with third party contractors

6 . Rig down

  1. Receive and action rig manager authorisation to commence rig-down operations

  2. Identify potential rig-down problems and take corrective action

  3. Keep rig manager informed of operations in accordance with legislative and company requirements

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Relevant compliance documentation may include:

Work instructions may come from briefings, handovers, plans and work orders and may be written or verbal, formal or informal and may include:

Hazards may include:

Coordination requirements may include:

Equipment may include:

Instructions may be received via:

Corrective action may include:

Record may include:

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

Guidance information for assessment

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