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Education & Training

Communication key to better spill response

By Andrew Hobbs A TRAINING exercise co-ordinated by the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) last year has revealed a need to improve communication between spill response groups, its organisers have said. Known as Exercise Westwind, the five-day exercise simulated a loss of well control from an offshore drill rig offshore Exmouth, to test the existing arrangements to respond to such a scenario. AMOSC created a fictitious oil company, Acme

Kumul staff for JX Nippon secondment

TECHNICAL staff working for Kumul Petroleum Holdings will carry out a secondment with Japanese company JX Nippon at its operations offshore Vietnam. Geologist Ken Vei and petroleum engineer Derek Launa will undertake specialised skills training during the two month secondment, training in reservoir evaluation, production management, and surveillance with the latest industry state-of-the-art software. In addition they will also learn about enhanced oil recovery method for a major offshore oil

Adelaide training hub study underway

A FEASIBILITY study into the establishment of an oil and gas training hub to be located in Adelaide by an independent operator is currently underway. Established as the Australian Oil and Gas College (AOGC), the facility would provide a base for onshore and offshore training – with training providers and suppliers able to establish their own facilities on the AOGC site. Set to be located in the Adelaide suburbs of

Hubs to boost Perth training capacity

TRAINING and research hubs launched at the University of Western Australia will help connect research with the needs of the offshore oil and gas industry. The two new $20 million hubs are among the nine opened as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) industrial transformation research program. UWA deputy vice-chancellor (research) Robyn Owens said the timing highlighted Perth’s role as an energy city. “The hubs will be powerful tools

Massey builds online oil spill response course

By Andrew Hobbs AN ONLINE training course developed by New Zealand’s Massey University and the University of California (UC) Davis will train oil spill response teams across the world more efficiently, its developers say. Louise Chilvers, a senior lecturer at Massey University’s Wildbase Oil Response unit, told Oil & Gas Australia that both Massey and UC Davis were contracted to treat wildlife affected by oil spills in New Zealand and

IWCF launches free training for well control

TRAINING organisation the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) has launched a free online training course to increase knowledge around drilling and well intervention operations. In an announcement, IWCF said the course had been developed in response to the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) recommendations following the Macondo well blow-out, which stated an introductory level 1 awareness training should be introduced. To be offered through the IWCF website,

Well Control School secures further accreditation

HOUSTON based Well Control School’s (WCS) System 21 e-Learning Drilling course received accreditation from International Well Control Forum (IWCF) in January. The IWCF System 21 e‐Learning Drilling course is a level two basic well control course that uses interactive tasks and role‐play scenarios to familiarise the learners with well control concepts while emphasising proper procedures and teamwork. The course is available in surface and combined surface/subsea stack designations, and imperial

Xodus to provide Ichthys manuals

UK-BASED engineering and advisory support company Xodus Group will deliver more than 40 offshore operating manuals to the offshore operations crew of the INPEX-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas project under a contract worth $1.5 million. Staff from Xodus Group’s Perth operations drafted the key training and reference materials to be used by the offshore operations crew, the company said in an announcement. Xodus process and facilities manager Neil Coutts said

Well Control School launches e-learning course

WELL CONTROL training provider The Well Control School (WCS) has launched an introductory level course for drilling operations delivered entirely online, the company announced. Launched in early September, the System 21 e-learning drilling operations course is available for IADC WellSharp and the Well Control School certifications. Designed for drilling and well servicing personnel, as well as consultants, asset managers, engineers and well-site personnel, the course includes workshops, simulation basic well control

New approaches to maintaining pipeline integrity: Rupture detection and response

WITH constant improvements in technology and processes, operators are becoming better and better at minimising pipeline leaks. While reducing leaks is crucial to efficient pipeline management, infrequent, high-rate and high-volume product releases – or ruptures – can represent the most significant threat to the environment and the public. To account for the impact of pipeline ruptures, new industry best practices being developed by American Petroleum Institute (API) and Association of