Maersk Opens Aberdeen Offshore Drilling Simulation, Well Control Facility

Commonly referred to as the “Oil Capital of Europe,” Aberdeen will now be home to an advanced Offshore Drilling Simulation and Well Control Training facility in Kingswells. Maersk Training, a company offering specialized training in oil and gas; maritime; wind and crane, has taken the next step in providing quality courses to meet the demands for a skilled workforce.

Currently, within Aberdeen, Maersk Training has offered Survival and Boat courses in neighboring Portlethen and Stonehaven.

“This new facility allows Maersk Training in Aberdeen to expand its course portfolio into well control, drilling, crane, human factor and a number of other courses already offered in a number of our other facilities worldwide,” John Abate, general manager of Maersk Training in Aberdeen, told Rigzone. “We believe [Aberdeen] is the natural location for training, with the obvious benefits to our existing and new customer base in the area and globally, given many oil and gas companies operate on a global footprint.”

The training facility is expected to grow and increase in size and when fully matured, it will welcome more than 10,000 course participants annually. Powered by computer-generated graphics, multiple screens, real life sounds, motion platforms and sensors, students can be put through routine exercises and engineered crisis situations, controlled by highly experienced and qualified instructors, all enhancing safety and productivity in the working environment. The simulators are rig specific and built to exact specifications drawn from real and potential work situations. Additionally, all instructors have on-rig backgrounds.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Cabinet recently spoke to the public about the importance of the oil and gas industry, specifically as it relates to the economies of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Even during the current oil crisis, Sturgeon was optimistic about the recovery of the industry in Scotland.

“The new training facility is also a huge boost for the industry in the UK, providing access to the very latest simulation technology and allowing Maersk Training to deliver bespoke oil and gas courses in the UK that were previously only available elsewhere in Europe,” Abate said.

Identifying a need more specific than just “more” skilled workers, Abate believes it’s imperative to deliver better quality courses designed to deliver higher competency levels in the existing workforce.


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