Well Control Training Innovations Presented in Argentina
Optimizing Workover Well Control Training To Improve Primary Well Control of Cased Wells
In an effort to continually improve our well control courses, Wild Well embraces practical innovations, especially when they work to enhance student competency in exceedingly challenging areas. Well Control Instructor Sergio Oliva recently presented a paper, at the Argentina Oil & Gas Expo (AOG), on optimizing workover well control training with a goal of improving the primary well control of cased wells. When applied properly, the research has the potential to improve greatly workover well control training.
Distinguishing between drilling and workover operations from a well control perspective, the paper examines training under the IADC WellCAP program and proposes establishing a specific baseline for the training needs of workover crews through the development of customized course offerings, such as simulation exercises. The research applies to conventional onshore drilling operations wherein tubing string/packer completion designs are assumed for cased wells.
AOG, held in Buenos Aires October 5-8, hosted the 2nd Latin American and Caribbean Congress on Drilling, Completion, Workover and Well Service. The event highlights the growing base of knowledge captured by production, drilling, and service companies operating in Latin America. The Wild Well paper presented adds to that knowledge base.
“The audience consisted mainly of engineers and highly trained oilfield personnel, especially fracking specialists. Everybody had a story or two about well control issues of this still novel activity in Argentina, and they were eager to listen to what we do in Training at Wild Well Control in the USA,” said Oliva. “It was very positive and a good opportunity to make the company known with potential new clients in South America.”
Differences between workover and drilling include these areas: operations, equipment, wellbore pressure management, and fluids. By introducing classroom activities covering topics such as prejob planning, tripping speed awareness, and bottomhole pressure management, well control training programs will better equip workover crews with valuable knowledge, postulates Oliva in his paper.
Wild Well increased its presence in Argentina this year with a long-term training contract. As a leader in well control training, Wild Well has instructed nearly 100,000 students since the inception of its training program in 2004. More than 40 years of well control experience bolsters the well control training program, adding a vast array of real-world knowledge to a world-class training program.