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Rig Audit, Acceptance & Commissioning Procedures

It is a structured process for collecting independent information on the effectiveness, reliability and efficiency of all systems on a rig, as well as developing plans to correct any deficiencies found. A rig audit, acceptance, or commissioning identifies critical control points that must be managed to ensure a successful outcome from the drilling unit. 

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Rig Audit, acceptance, commissioning guide

To ensure optimal results, audits are conducted during the actual operational phase, after rig installation, and before moving, allowing real-time assessment of the work between people, equipment, and the drilling process.

Any Rig Audit, Acceptance & Commissioning Guidelines include the following:

  • Firstly, General information on the rig
  • Secondly, Energy Sources
  • Thirdly, Rig Floor, TDS Top drive in drilling rig, Drawworks Acceptance Guidelines
  • Fourthly, Mud circulation system
  • Fifthly, BOP Stack, Control Unit & Chock Manifold
  • Sixthly, Cementing unit acceptance

General information on the rig

These informations includes model, type, year of manufacture, dimensions, transportability, current location, etc.

Energy Sources

The rig audit for energy sources includes diesel drives, electric drives, generators, transformers, lighting. Type, model, technical characteristics date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements. In Rig Prime movers acceptance & commissioning article, you shall find detailed guideline that will help you in such process.

Rig Floor, TDS, Drawworks Acceptance / Audit Guidelines

In our simple Rig floor, TDS, Drawworks Commissioning guidelines, we shall cover the following: Hoisting/Auxiliary Equipment, Rotary Table and Top Drive, Emergency Generator, Rig Floor, Driller’s House (Check also Driller Job Descriptions), Mast or Derrick, Tongs & Slips

Lifting equipment includes the following: winches, masts, traveling blocks, crown blocks, etc. Type, model, technical characteristics date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Rotary equipment includes the following: top drives, squares, pipe walkways, candlesticks. Type, model, technical characteristics date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Rig floor equipment includes the following: elevators, links, keys (hydraulic, pneumatic, manual), auxiliary winches, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Mud Circulation System

The mud circulation system includes: Mud Pump Systems, a Low-Pressure circulation system, Solids Removal Equipment. Rig Audit For Mud Circulating System article shall cover the important procedures to perform successfully inspection for Mud Circulating System.

Pump systems include the following: mud pumps, their number, drill sleeves, backfill lines, high and low-pressure supply lines. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Low-pressure circulation system includes the following: Tanks, their number, mixing funnels, tanks for reserve drilling fluid, sand traps, filling tanks, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Equipment for drilling mud cleaning includes the following: vibrating screens, their number, sludge separators, sand traps, centrifuges, degassers, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Rig Audit For BOP Stack, Control Unit & Chock Manifold

For the rig acceptance of the well control equipment on any onshore, offshore rig, 3 main terms are necessary got inspected:

The BOP and BOP equipment include the following: BOP (what, how many), wellhead connections, pressure indicators, manifolds, check valves, ball valves, pipe subs, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Cementing unit acceptance

Cementing unit may or may not be a component of the drilling rig. But in all cases, we shall include it in our rig audit once it is assembled. And you can do so with the help of Cementing unit acceptance procedures article.

Other Rig Audit Terms To Check

Pipes include the following: drill pipes , casing pipes, heavy pipes , weighted pipes , light pipes, liners, non-magnetic pipes , subs for connecting all of the above pipes, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Logging equipment on the rig floor includes the following: pressure gauges, recorder indicators, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Fishing equipment includes the following: bells, taps, SHMU, scrapers, etc. Type, model, specifications, date of manufacture, date of revision, availability of the main consumables of all of the above elements.

Download Rig Acceptance Checklists

In the end, we believe that any drilling engineer or rig supervisor would need a rig audit or acceptance checklist. So, we have gathered a collection of rig inspection checklists according to API and Osha recommendations in Rig acceptance checklists article.