Return Flow Control

Definition(s)


Return Flow Control

MPD technique which diverts returned fluid flow away from the rig floor in order to handle any formation fluid influx, thereby avoiding closing of a BOP, with the subsequent well control steps that are customarily required. RFC is drilling with a closed annulus return system (RCD) immediately under the rig floor for complete assurance of the total diversion of any rapidly developing kick.

Source: ABS Guide for Classification and Certification of Managed Pressure Drilling Systems, September 2017. Global Standards