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102 Note: During the final stage of the National Academies report review process, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released its final Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control rule. Given the timing of the release, the committee was unable to include additional information about this rule in its final report. The final rule is available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-29/pdf /2016-08921.pdf. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Relevant Real-Time Monitoring Provisions in the Proposed BOP Rule (released April 17, 2015; source: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-08587) § 250.724 What are the real-time monitoring requirements? (a) When conducting well operations with a subsea BOP or surface BOP on a floating facility or when operating in an HPHT [high-pressure, high-temperature] environment you must, within 3 years of publica- tion of the final rule, gather and monitor real-time well data using an independent, automatic, and continuous monitoring system capable of recording, storing, and transmitting all aspects of: (1) The BOP control system; (2) The well’s fluid handling systems on the rig; and (3) The well’s downhole conditions with the bottom hole assembly tools (if any tools are installed). A P P E N D I X B Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning Relevant Real-Time Monitoring Provisions in the Proposed Blowout Preventer Rule

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning Relevant Real-Time Monitoring Provisions 103 (b) You must immediately transmit these data as they are gathered to a designated onshore location during operations where they must be monitored by qualified personnel who must be in continuous contact with rig personnel during operations. After operations, you must preserve and store this data at a designated location for record- keeping purposes as required in §§ 250.740 and 250.741. You must designate the location where the data will be stored and monitored during operations in your APD [Application for Permit to Drill] or APM [Application for Permit to Modify]. The location and the data must be made accessible to BSEE upon request. (c) If you lose any real-time monitoring capability during operations covered by this section, you must immediately notify the District Manager. The District Manager may require other measures until real-time monitoring capability is restored. Records and Reporting § 250.740 What records must I keep? You must keep a daily report consisting of complete, legible, and accurate records for each well. You must keep records onsite while well operations continue. After completion of operations, you must keep all operation and other well records for the time periods shown in § 250.741 at a location of your choice, except as required in § 250.746. The records must contain complete information on all of the following: (a) Well operations, all testing conducted, and any real-time monitoring data; (b) Descriptions of formations penetrated; (c) Content and character of oil, gas, water, and other mineral deposits in each formation; (d) Kind, weight, size, grade, and setting depth of casing; (e) All well logs and surveys run in the wellbore; (f) Any significant malfunction or problem; and (g) All other information required by the District Manager.

104 Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations § 250.741 How long must I keep records? You must keep records for the time periods shown in the following table. You must keep records relating to: (a) Drilling; until 90 days after you complete operations. (b) Casing and liner pressure tests, diverter tests, BOP tests, and real-time monitoring data; until 2 years after the completion of operations. (c) Completion of a well or of any workover activity that materially alters the completion configuration or affects a hydrocarbon-bearing zone; until you permanently plug and abandon the well or until you assign the lease and forward the records to the assignee.

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TRB Special Report 322: Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations provides advice to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of the Interior on the use of remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations. The report also evaluates the role that RRTM could play in condition-based maintenance (CBM), and how BSEE could leverage RRTM into its safety enforcement program.

The report makes recommendations to BSEE about how RRTM could be incorporated into BSEE's regulatory scheme. The recommendations also suggest that BSEE monitor the development of RRTM technologies in relation to risk-based goals governing offshore oil and gas processes.

As a part of this study, TRB held a workshop and issued TRB's Conference Proceedings on the Web 17: Application of Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Workshop Report, which summarizes presentations made during the committee’s workshop in Houston, Texas, on April 20–21, 2015. A Report in Brief for this publication is also available. Read the media advisory.

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