Fearnley International Activities at SPE Offshore Europe


Of course it is always better to prevent Non-Productive Time (NPT) before it happens … or the need to carry out the Failure Investigation to discover why?

Fearnley International do both – and want to share with you how, through some introductory discussion sessions at this years SPE Offshore Europe.

Our Engineering Team through Failure Investigations and Equipment Stripdowns continue to identify the Root Causes as to why Equipment Failures occur, whether these lead to Wash-outs and Twist-Offs or just to poor performance and Invisible Lost Time (ILT).

And our QAQC team – along with the Technical Specialist Group and our Quality Assurance Advisors – act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of Drilling Teams to prevent these failures from occurring in the first place – or re-occurring.

SO – As it is one of Fearnley International’s main objectives to share that information with end-users; in order to help make drilling projects finish on time; and on budget – through the provision of Non-productive-time Solutions – we are running short sessions of 20 minutes to give you a taster of how we manage that.

Topics: The following sessions can be conducted in small numbers 1 or 2 people. We will also be having three lunch time sessions for larger groups. Please let us know which you prefer.

Each topic has a reservation link so that you can choose when you want to come, just press it to go to the Doodle calendar. Or email Kevin Fearnley Jr or Paul Youdan.

1. API Q1 Q2 – Introduction Awareness Session.  Our Senior Quality Management Trainer and Auditor will guide you through the challenges that the introduction of this API specification and the benefits of its adoption to the prevention of NPT and ILT can bring. Plus the first steps in adopting it. Reserve Time
2. API Q1 Q2  – How it might effect your companies current QMS.  For those companies who already have a QMS, this workshop will go through how it can be adopted into your current systems and what a Gap Analysis can provide in order to take it forward. Reserve Time
3. Drilling Operations – Equipment Failure Investigation – How to Organise One.  It is traumatic enough when a Drilling Project undergoes an Equipment Failure that requires a Failure Investigation to be carried out. There are some key do’s and dont’s. This session will take you through what they are and how to prepare the damaged equipment, photographs and reports to ensure as cost effective and as successful a conclusion as quickly as possible is achieved, to find out why the failure occurred and how to prevent it happening again. Reserve Time
4. Drilling Operations – Equipment Failure Investigation and Equipment Stripdowns – What they can tell you.  Going into a Failure Investigation or Equipment Stripdown knowing what results you should expect; which tests should be carried out: how they should be presented; and how those results may affect your drilling operation – will lead to you and your drilling team’s better understanding of the best way forward. Reserve Time
5. QAQC – How does a Quality Assurance Advisor improve drilling efficiency and minimise failures.  Over the last few years we have found that most drilling teams lack an experienced oversight of the QAQC process – for a number of reasons. Our Senior Quality Assurance Advisor will be conducting discussion sessions on the benefits of how these personnel can make a greater difference to your drilling operation than QAQC alone. Reserve Time

Also on our stand this year we will be:

Kevin Fearnley – CEO and Chairman of the Technical Support Group

Sandy Reid  – Global Operations Manager

Glenn Falconer – Global Quality Assurance Service Manager

Scott Smart – Group QHSE Manager and QMS Senior Auditor

Kevin Fearnley Jr – Business Development – Europe & Africa

Paul Youdan – NS Accreditation & Standard Business Development Manager

If you want to reserve some time with any of them – please just email us on: [email protected]

NS Training Courses – October

ABERDEEN is the location for our next Fearnley Procter NS Training week – designed to meet the needs of Operators, Inspection Teams, Manufactures, and Services Companies.

24th-26th October – Drill Pipe and BHA Inspection
27th October – Drilling and Rental Tool Inspection Awareness
28th October – Drillstring Manufacturing Awareness

All courses include the requirements of API, DS-1®, NS-1™ & NS-2™.

The two Awareness courses are designed for operator support staff and suppliers.

Courses to be held at our Aberdeen Training Facility.

View course brochures:

NS Drillstring Manufacturing Awareness

NS Drilling and Rental Tool Inspection Awareness

NS Drill Pipe and BHA Inspection

Course information can also be found on our website: https://www.fp.international/ns-general-training

For further detailed information, please email [email protected] or book directly through our website: https://www.fp.international/book-a-course

OFFER: 10% Discount is available on the above courses for second candidates from the same company!


07 July 2016 – A new specification 0360001120 Top Drive Saver Subs is now published and available from the NSInfohub.

NS-1 Specification Update

– the online version of NS-1(TM) means that it can react to the needs of modern drilling quicker and with more focus.

A new specification for Top Drive Saver Subs (TDSS) is now available from NSInfohub.

NS TDSS is now part of the NS-1™ Standard, specifying the minimum quality and inspection requirements applied to wrought low alloy steel TDSS for non-sour service conditions. At present TDSS are not specifically covered in any other industry standard.

Top Drive Saver Subs, as the name implies, are used to save the drillstring and the top drive from expensive frequent maintenance costs by acting as the expendable element between the two components. Because TDSS are relatively easier to repair or replace, they are therefore cheaper to maintain.

This new NS-1™ specification includes supplementary requirements for threaded connections, mechanical properties, marking and inspection.

See more information on our NS Information Hub here: https://www.fp.international/about-ns-information or [email protected]

Sub-drill Supply Ltd Awarded Level 2 Facility Approval

Our Sales and Marketing Support Kevin Fearnley Jnr awards Mark Paton and David Mackie from Sub-drill with a Fearnley Procter NS Level 2 Facility Approval for Manufacturing of Drill Stem Substitutes.


Search all our approved suppliers here: https://www.fp.international/search-approved-companies

For more information on the NS Accreditation programme please see: https://www.fp.international/about-accreditation

Or to speak to one of our team, please email [email protected]

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If you have not heard already – Spec Q1 (API) and Spec Q2 (API) have been added to our Quality Management Service assessment – plus shortly ISO 9001:2015. A good step forward in our continued obsession with minimising avoidable drilling equipment failures. We also provide training courses on their requirements.

We have also completed Technical Gap Analyses between NS-2™ and API RP 7G-2 and DS-1® – available via our website so you can see why we specialise in Critical and Complex wells.

Plus… a new Chinese language version of NS-1™ and NS-2™

And as always…

> Our NS Accreditation – New Approvals and Re-Approvals
> Our Training Schedules – Covering the requirements of API, DS-1® and NS-2™ Inspection for Drill Pipe and BHA
> The NS Information Hub


> The Specification Help Desk for NS-1™, NS-2™ and NS-3™
> The NS-3™ Drill String Design Manual
> NS-L – Our library of over 25 publications on engineering and drilling operations
> The Online Training Initiatives

These information programmes have relevance to all disciplines within the drilling operation.
Along with the other services within Fearnley Procter International we want to provide support that will bring global benefits to any drilling programmes from initiation to completion.

You can learn more about how from our corporate website.

We hope you enjoy reading it.

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Hunting Equipment Management Services achieve NS Approval

NS Product Line Manager Paul Massie presents Doug Stuart and Steve Edghill from Hunting’s Equipment Management Services with two Brass Plaques for achieving Level 1 Facility Approval, for the Rental of Drilling Equipment which has been manufactured and maintained to Fearnley Procter NS-1™/NS-2™ Standards and Level 2 Process Approval, for the Application of Wear Bands on Non-magnetic Flexi Collars.

Doug Stuart, Deputy General Manager and Technical Manager, Hunting Equipment Management Services, (HEMS) explained, “the benefits of maintaining our NS-1 Approval for our fleet of Rental Equipment and Non-Mag Flexi Collar Wear Band Application, provides not only our management team confidence that we are applying the highest available industry quality standards, but also to the end-user, particularly in the UKCS where NS-1™ & NS-2™ are recognised as the minimum levels of acceptable quality. We also encourage the additional material testing and validation activities which is carried out as part of the NS approval process as it gives us confidence that our supply chain are meeting those same levels of quality that we require to provide our clients. Our NS Accreditation also reduces the need for multiple unnecessary and costly supplier audits as it provides us with an independent approval of quality which is easily recognised in our most demanding operational environment”


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