Understandably, Operator priorities during the evaluations of stacked rigs are operability and functionality of critical path equipment (drilling, well control, station keeping and power management systems). However, when you consider the fact that a number of cold-stacked rigs include 6th generation semi-subs and drillships that were designed with “Non-Blackout” systems that were never designed to be switched off and require robust software management to ensure compatibility with evolving equipment, a whole new area of issues can be unearthed.
Furthermore, crew competency management remains a critical consideration, especially when you take into account that many Drilling Contractors will not have an up-manning plan during the rig tender stage until the rig has a firm contract, while still required to satisfy the Operator that the rig will be crewed by experienced and competent personnel. “Skill Fade” is a real threat and reactivating the drill crew should be a process that commences prior to the crew setting foot on the rig. Rig crew members are being hired for short, single-well projects and are expected to hit the ground running, but many may not have been on a rig in some time or are completely new to a rig,