IWCF launches first basic well control awareness online course

Offshore staff

MONTROSE, UK – The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) has launched a global and free online training course to increase knowledge around what can cause a well blow-out and potential oil spill incident.

Developed in response to the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers recommendations after the Macondo well blow out, the interactive e-learning is the first level 1 awareness training course to be introduced.

IWCF is offering the course free of charge through its website, supporting the organization’s aim to increase competency and change behavior in this safety-critical operation. It plans for the new level 1 training to be accessible by everyone with an interest in the industry.

David Price, CEO of IWCF, said: “It is important to us, particularly in the current climate within the industry, to give something back and by making this training readily available we believe that it will help to increase understanding of how well control events can occur and their consequences and prevention.

“The training is open to everyone, it is specifically aimed at those in the industry with a secondary involvement in well operations but students considering a career in oil and gas or anyone else with an interest in the industry will also find it insightful. Ultimately, we want to see an increase in well competency which will improve offshore safety.”

The online training modules will start with a scene setter on how reservoirs are formed and the lifecycle of a well through to drilling and intervention activity and finally hazards, prevention methods, and industry techniques to deal with a blowout with real life examples on Macondo and other incidents. Each module can be easily completed in half a day with the whole course taking around two days.

Huw Roberts, UK drilling manager at E.ON E&P UK and a member of IOGP’s Wells Committee, said: “Understanding the basic elements of well control is crucial to improving the overall safety of the offshore industry which is why a level 1 course was recommended in IOGP’s 476 report.

“Members have welcomed this first level 1 course which answers these recommendations. This is an important step in well control training and offers the opportunity to increase well competency across the industry and beyond. We would like to see more of this training in the industry as it is something we can’t afford to be complacent about.”


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