BP and Odfjell Drilling practise at university training facility for live new operations on Clair platform

Some of the BP - Odfjell DART team with their instructors.
Some of the BP – Odfjell DART team with their instructors.

Odfjell Drilling and BP have carried out a bespoke drilling-skills training programme, using Robert Gordon University’s state-of-the-art drilling simulation suite (DART®) in Aberdeen in advance of actual well drilling work starting on its Clair platform.

Since its launch three years ago, DART® (Dynamic, Advanced, Responsive, Training) has evolved to provide even greater support to the oil and gas industry by delivering the highest standards of drilling competency through the incorporation of human factors (non-technical skills training), behavioural observation and team-building.

The four-day course, which involved a number of specialist instructors, was designed specifically to support the up-coming drilling programme scheduled for BP’s Clair Platform later this month.

The prime objectives were to concentrate upon maintaining wellbore stability during drilling operations, anticipating any potential well control issues and the integration of drill-crews with specialists from Odfjell Drilling and BP.

Dr Margaret Crichton, a Visiting Professor at RGU, delivered training on key non-technical areas and then observed the teams in action, while they undertook ever increasing complex drilling exercises on the simulator.

Anton Gerbrandy, Well Superintendent for Clair, said: “BP has used the DART® facilities previously but this particular course represents a new approach into preparing drill crews, service company personnel and our engineers and supervisors both technically and non-technically for the execution of challenging drilling programmes and building the teams’ capabilities in advance of a new drilling campaign.”

 Ali McDonald, Vice-President, Operations, Odfjell Drilling, added: “Having new crews working together in the simulator environment has been hugely beneficial in preparing the teams for the drilling campaign.  We have had good feedback from our teams who participated in this course.”

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