Qserv Awarded International Well Control Forum Accreditation

Qserv has been awarded accreditation from the International Well Control Forum. This international recognition will allow Qserv to conduct the IWCF well intervention training in-house.

Established in 1992, the IWCF is a non-profit oil industry membership organization. Its primary purpose is to design, develop, administer and maintain well control certification programmes for personnel employed in oil well drilling, workover and well intervention operations. The organisation boasts over 125 member companies in 35 countries.

Ciaran Dreelan, well services director, at Qserv commented, "I am delighted we have secured IWCF accreditation and approved training centre status. We have invested heavily in our dedicated training facilities and worked hard to ensure that we have met their stringent guidelines. Our success is testament to the efforts and enthusiasm of the staff involved." As a result of the accreditation Qserv no longer require to outsource well control training for their personnel. "Conducting the training within our training facility here at Portlethen, means we can have greater control and input into the training of our employees," explained Mr. Dreelan. "We can ensure that our staff enhance their levels of competence and experience to our high standards.

"As with most organisations within the sector the demands for experienced, trained and competent personnel are ever increasing. Achieving IWCF accreditation and our ongoing commitment to the training and development of both new and existing personnel demonstrates our commitment to our employees and a sustained future in the North Sea," added Mr. Dreelan.

The IWCF courses including test papers are run in-house at Qserv over a duration of five days for first timers. Every two years personnel will need to update their certification and sit a three-day refresher course, including test paper. The courses and facilities are assessed on an ongoing basis by the IWCF to ensure compliance.

Qserv operates in the UKCS, Qatar, Norway and Denmark and has worked in 13 European and East European countries. In February, Qserv started a five-year, multi-million pound contract for coiled tubing and pumping related services for BP's assets in the North Sea. Other recent projects include a multi-million pound wireline services contract for six years with ExxonMobil and a two-year contract in excess of £1million for the installation of coiled tubing deployed electric submersible pump services for Apache North Sea.