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IWCF Shakes Up Training Regime in Response to Macondo

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IWCF Shakes Up Training Regime in Response to Macondo

The International Well Control Forum reported Tuesday that it is unveiling a new syllabus and training regime based on recommendations from oil and gas producers that are a direct result of the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The IWCF, which sets international training standards for well control, said it worked with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) on recommendations to enhance existing well control training, examination and certification.  The new syllabus and programs are designed to deliver a step-change in competence, it added.

The IWCF has launched new subjects within key areas identified as root cause findings from major incidents. It has also introduced role-specific training so that the learning is more relevant to individual roles rather than the current more generic approach.

Training programs will now have five levels through which people will progress in order to ensure that the training fits specific roles within the well control profession.

In a briefing to Rigzone last week ahead of Tuesday's announcement, IWCF Chief Executive Officer David Price said:

"Basically, there are more levels and a broader range of people within those levels who were not being targeted before.

"So we now have levels one, two, three, four and five. Particularly levels two, three and four are intended to be progressive. You cannot just jump in at level four."

Price explained that previously people with a particular background could jump ahead in their training at a higher level but that this would no longer be the case.

"To make it progressive is completely new to the industry and should have a great effect," he said.

"It's reflective of people's roles within those individual training levels. So it really ought to have a major effect on the prevention of well control incidents."

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com


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Gregory Bianchi | Sep. 25, 2013
I have worked in the industry for over 20 years and have worked on many Deep Water projects. I worked on the BP disaster not looking for money or fame just working as a lot of people did to save our industry. What did I get out of this no one will hire me because a handful of politicians played games during a National Disaster and are covering up the fact that the well could have been stopped a month ahead of time.

Pete | Sep. 25, 2013
No amount of over-priced IWCF training is going to work if the BOP is not working. This is a knee-jerk reaction to a unique set of circumstances where the actual series of events may never be known and in the public domain.

Kurt Anderson | Sep. 24, 2013
While well control training is needed, industry wide, it also occurs to me that dedicated monitoring personnel working independently of any rig supervisory personnel, with strong support from operators will close the loop and the shortcomings of our current practices in well control. It will also create a culture where problems are identified early and cured before critical well control is necessary. Decades ago we called these people Data Engineers. Their task was to monitor and address alarmed parameters, often giving an early warning which prevented well control problems as well as assist in the well control procedures. Catching problems early not only saves lives, but also equipment and other costs. Changing the culture of supervision to allow these personnel more authority and autonomy is key.

Kurt Nikolaisen | Sep. 24, 2013
All the class room training in the world cant prevent a Macondo disaster in the future, Training is a great thing, this goes for all industries, the most effective is on the job training (OJT) where hands on are applied. It easy to train an Engineer out of college to pass any level of Well Control, however, to put it into practice if or when an incident occur is whole different Ball Game. Some of us old fashion guys has been involved in Wild Cat drilling or exploration drilling where there was little or no information on the lithology and pressures for the driller, we managed to control whatever came at us, just by common sense, by listening and understanding the behavior of the well. Most of the time it all comes down to Experience, (include OJT), common sense and communication amongst the crews.

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