Well Control training for drilling personnel is often limited to bi-annual Well Control certification courses. Whilst these classroom-based courses give personnel a solid grounding in the fundamentals of well control principles and test these on a simulator, they only expose the trainees to the minimum-required level of well control scenarios and downhole conditions.Realistically, the wells drilled by most crews are far more challenging than those covered in a standard well control course. Wells are often inclined, drilled with oil-based drilling fluids, or are affected by a number of more subtle external conditions. Crews whose only training has been in standard well control courses may lack confidence when encountering more complex conditions. Attendees on NEFT Energies Training Institute Advanced Well Control course will be confronted by realistic well control scenarios played out on a drilling simulator with an experienced instructor, who will ask them to take decisions on the best methods of dealing with each situation. Team decisions are encouraged and the team may find that they have to think more creatively to understand what caused the conditions and to decide the best methods to return themselves to pre-planned operational conditions.
Well Control training for drilling personnel is often limited to bi-annual Well Control certification courses. Whilst these classroom-based courses gi…