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IADC Lexicon Featured Term for November 2023

The IADC Lexicon is an oil and gas dictionary of upstream-related terms, which, unlike conventional glossaries, are official definitions drawn from legislation, regulation and regulatory guidance, standards (global, national and regional), IADC guidelines, and Well Control Institute. Terms often have multiple definitions from different sources.

This month’s featured term is:

Barrier Management

The ongoing process of assuring that sufficient barriers are in place to prevent the unintentional release of hydrocarbons.

Barrier management includes:

  1. The definition of a barrier to the unintentional release of hydrocarbons
  2. Determining the strength or effectiveness of a barrier
  3. Systems to determine and ensure that the appropriate number and type of barriers are in place at each stage of the well control lifecycle
  4. Tracking the engagement, effectiveness and integrity of barriers in place during the well lifecycle
  5. Determining personnel roles and responsibilities for barrier management at the wellsite.

Source: Well Control Institute. Well Control Institute