Deepwater Managed Pressure Drilling and Riser Gas Management

Drilling and Completions


Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) systems provide an increasingly viable alternative to open-to-the-atmosphere conventional drilling systems by emphasizing the use of closed and pressurisable systems to allow a scalable approach that produces a range of benefits from increased personnel, facility and environmental safety to better data resolution and even greater control over the drilling process. This training course discusses how MPD addresses a need in a post-Macondo world, where deepwater drilling is under intense and increased regulatory control, by providing flexible systems that supplement the safety and efficiency of deepwater drilling operations. It describes the details of how MPD systems can be installed and utilized on moored and dynamically positioned (DP) drilling vessels, and points out how it may be deployed for deepwater conditions. The training also covers all the different MPD variations that are applicable in deepwater, particularly Pressurised Mud Cap Drilling (PMCD), Constant Bottom Hole Pressure (CBHP), Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD), Early Kick Detection and Control (EKD&C) and Riser Gas Handling / Management (RGH/RGM).

An intensive discussion on the major components of Deepwater MPD equipment systems, particularly the Rotating Control Device (RCD), Drill String Isolation Tool (DSIT), MPD Flow Spool, Automated MPD Choke Manifold, MPD Control / Buffer Manifold, High-Rate Mud–Gas Separator (MGS), Subsea Pumps and other Deepwater MPD Equipment, will be included. Typical rig integration and equipment set-up will also be covered for the DGD and Deepwater MPD / PMCD / RGM options, with a focus on the differences involved when rigging up on a moored or a dynamically positioned floating drilling rig. Operational procedures, specifically for rigging up and MPD riser joint deployment, transitioning operationally between the different MPD operations, and making connections, tripping, logging, running casing, cementing and perforating in the different MPD modes will be elaborated on, as well as the interface between MPD and Well Control operations. Case studies on recent successes and challenges encountered in the application of deepwater MPD technology on moored and DP floating rigs are also shared.

Course agenda »

Learning Level

Basic - Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

  • Participants will learn about the concepts of MPD and the recent developments Deepwater MPD applications
  • Learn about the drivers for Deepwater MPD technology adoption through case studies
  • Understand the specific equipment, rig integration, and operational procedures of Deepwater MPD for current and future projects

Who Should Attend

Rig Managers, Rig Supervisors, Rig Designers, Rig Builders, Drilling Superintendents, Drilling Supervisors, Drilling Engineers, Drilling Managers, Completion Engineers, Business Development Managers, Production Engineers, Geologists


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training


Julmar Shaun S. Toralde

Julmar Shaun S. Toralde spearheaded the successful delivery of the globally pioneering deepwater MPD / PMCD / RGM project on a dynamically positioned drillship using a submerged RCD and is actively involved in other pioneering deepwater MPD / PMCD / RGM projects globally.  He finished Bachelor of Science in Geothermal Engineering from Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) in the Philippines in 1999. He spent six years as Instructor and Chairperson of the Department of Geothermal Engineering of the university before joining Weatherford in 2005 as Controlled Pressure Drilling (CPD) Engineer subsequently serving as CPD&T Engineering Coordinator - Indonesia from 2008 - 2011, where he led the engineering team in deploying UBD/MPD technologies in more than 100 challenging wells. He served previously as Engineering Manager - Asia Pacific, Well Construction Services, and is currently Sales Manager, Secure Drilling Services - Asia Pacific and Well Engineering Lead, Well Engineering and project Management (WEPM) – Asia Pacific, with Weatherford, where he is managing more than 50 engineers in developing novel solutions for extreme environments (deepwater, HPHT, NMWW, severe losses, geothermal) using advanced well construction technologies

Ardia Karnugroho

Ardia Karnugroho graduated from Swiss German University in Indonesia with a BS degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Ardia started his career with the Weatherford Graduate Development Program as Graduate Engineer working in all of the different business units of Weatherford in Indonesia. He then joined the Secure Drilling Services product line of Weatherford where he became a Field Engineer focusing on Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD). He currently holds the position of Indonesia Engineering Coordinator – Indonesia, where he manages close to 20 specialist engineers that provide support to more than 20 projects and 30 wells annually in Indonesia. He has been deeply involved in most if not all of the globally pioneering deepwater MPD projects of Weatherford. He has authored and presented several technical papers in major oil and gas industry conferences as well as published technical articles in prestigious oil and gas industry publications with global circulation.