Well control: Combined IWCF level 2 and hands-on BOP

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The Well Academy and Lloyd's Register have joined forces to develop and offer the drilling industry a new combined introductory level of drilling well control training.

This course provides a unique combination of Lloyd's Register's hands-on BOP (blowout preventer) workshop and The Well Academy's International Well Control Forum (IWCF) Drilling Well Control (DWC) level 2 program. The objective of this course is to increase the candidates' knowledge and understanding of well control theory, practice and equipment.

Delegates will be exposed to well control equipment whereby basic maintenance procedures are introduced with a focus on safe working practices. The course will equip delegates with a deeper understanding of well control equipment functionality, maintenance, requirements and failure mechanisms.

On successful completion of this course, delegates will obtain two certificates: "IWCF DWC level 2 combined surface and subsea BOP" and "Hands-on BOP workshop"; both valid for 5 years.

Who Should Attend

DWC level 2 is recommended for "all members of the wellsite operations team working in roles which may directly contribute to the creation, detection or control of a well influx" (Internation Association of Oil & Gas Producers Report 476). Level 2 is a prerequisite for candidates who are obtaining IWCF certification for the first time and may wish to progress to level 3.

Specifically, this course course is aimed at the following individuals:

  • roughnecks
  • (assistant) derrickmen
  • assistant drillers
  • maintenance supervisors
  • (assistant) mechanics
  • wellsite petroleum engineers
  • barge engineers
  • operations technicians
  • well maintenance supervisors
  • offshore installation managers
  • subsea engineers
  • service engineers

Course Structure

This one-week course includes interactive classroom sessions where well control principles, procedures and equipment are covered. The DWC level 2 program will be covered in accordance with the IWCF syllabus. The classroom (theoretical) sessions are structured to allow group participation and discussion. The first part of the course covers the well control principles, procedures and equipment modules in line with the IWCF DWC level 2 syllabus. The well control equipment module will be taught also using various equipment examples available in our workshop.

In the second part, delegates will apply this knowledge and subsequently learn the basic API and maintenance requirements for well control equipment. They will also learn how to perform maintenance on ram-type BOPs in a safe manner, as taught from practical training on a surface ram BOP in our workshop. This course concludes with written assessments to allow the candidates to obtain their certification.

Course Contents

Well control principles and procedures:

  • barrier concepts
  • risk management
  • causes of kicks
  • kick warning signs and indicators
  • facture pressure and maximum surface pressure
  • well control methods
  • influx characteristics and behavior
  • shut-in procedures

Well control equipment (containing practical hands-on elements):

  • function, operation, inspection and most common problems of:
  • ram and annular preventers
  • gate valves
  • choke and kill manifolds
  • hydraulic control units
  • diverter systems
  • coflexip hoses
  • Choke and kill manifold configuration and testing
  • BOP control systems
  • BOP testing requirements and safe working procedures
  • recognizing symptoms which indicate malfunctions or the need to inspect, maintain or repair well control equipment

These topics are delivered by qualified IWCF accredited instructors and experienced well control equipment experts.

Qualifications

At the end of the course the candidates will sit two exams. The first exam is the IWCF level 2 exam to test their understanding of the equipment, principles and procedures associated with drilling well control. The successful candidate will be issued with an IWCF level 2 certificate and provides the candidate the opportunity to progress to level 3. The second exam will test the candidates' knowledge and understanding of the hands-on BOP elements. Both certificates are valid for 5 years.

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