IWCF provide opportunity to ‘test drive’ an oil well drill in safety training exercise

David Price
David Price

Well blow-out incidents in oil and gas are highly dangerous and can cost lives. New training techniques and programmes are constantly being developed to ensure the highest standards in well control competency.

So a workshop and oil drilling simulation exercise is being held by the Montrose-based International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to demonstrate the latest interactive learning technology.

The exercise – which will put industry players under pressure to test their well control skills using state of the art simulators to run a series of control and pressure intervention exercises – is being held in Aberdeen next week as part of the Offshore Well Intervention Europe conference.

David Price, Chief Executive of IWCF, said: “The introduction of new pressure control training for the well intervention segment of the industry, such as the recent free online  Level-1 awareness course and Crew Resource Management programme (CRM), has made progress towards increasing overall well control competency and understanding of human factors.

“However, as the oil and gas industry introduces new intervention technologies there is still more that can be done to ensure pressure control training reflects the latest industry advances.

“This workshop will give IWCF members the opportunity to see first-hand how simulated and interactive learning is adding value to pressure control training to prevent blow-out incidents.” 

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