IWCF rolls out well control training changes

Energy Transition Group
25 Sep 2013

International Well Control Forum (IWCF) is rolling out a raft of new measures that will improve the competence of people involved in well operations to prevent future major oil spill incidents. 

The forum, which sets international training standards for well control, has been working closely with the human factors task force of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) on recommendations to enhance existing well control training, examination and certification. IWCF believes the recommendations will now be the foundation for a permanent change across the whole oil and gas industry. 

As part of its strategic approach to implementing these recommendations, IWCF has reviewed its syllabus and launched new subjects within key areas identified as root cause findings from major incidents. IWCF has also introduced role specific training so that the learning is more relevant to individual roles rather than the current more generic approach.

The new subjects will include:

  • Assurance of well integrity throughout the lifecycle of the well
  • Barrier management, casing and cementing
  • Risk assessment, contingency management and implementation

The training programmes will now have five levels through which people will progress, ensuring the required level for each specific job with prevention as the primary objective. Certificate renewal training will also be enhanced with an emphasis on case studies, simulation and scenario-based training.

The syllabus will be continually reviewed to incorporate the latest equipment, practices and incident data. Well operations crew resource management training will also be introduced to provide non-technical skills to all well operations teams.