Aker Opens Well Intervention Academy

Aker Solutions opened its new 'Well Intervention Academy,' in Stavanger, Norway. This facility will give new generations of offshore operators and engineers first-hand experience in critical well intervention activities. The center consists of an intervention tower, two test wells and state-of-the-art intervention equipment to facilitate realistic and practical testing in an environment as close to real offshore conditions as possible.

Practical and theoretical training will be offered not only to Aker Solutions staff, but also to customers, in both present and future well intervention techniques. There will be a wide range of courses ranging from introduction to well intervention, to highly technical courses in the operation and maintenance of complex tools and services. All theoretical and practical training includes HSE procedures and best practice reviews as an integrated part of the courses being offered.

"HSE training is a top priority for Aker Solutions and its customers," said Ole Petter Thomesen, President of Aker Well Service. "The goal is to minimise HSE incidents and provide the best opportunity to improve HSE performance and employees' judgement during critical situations."

"Another important feature of the Well Intervention Academy is that it will be used to test well intervention equipment that will contribute towards increased oil recovery," he continued. "Aker Solutions is recognised as a world class provider of wireline tractor technology and Light Well Intervention services. This new center will ensure that we maintain this position, both in the North Sea as well as in the international markets."

"The fact that StatoilHydro has contributed with downhole completion equipment for the testwell is a clear indication of the important role this center will play for StatoilHydro in promoting safe and efficient operations, building competence and development of new technologies," said Kristian Sirevaag, Manager of Well Intervention in StatoilHydro.