IWCF chief executive David Price. Image courtesy IWCF.

IWCF chief executive David Price. Image courtesy IWCF.

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, the course will also cover what can cause a well blow-out and potential oil spill incident.

While IWCF already offers the higher levels, 2, 3 and 4, which are targeted specifically at those involved with well and drilling operations, the new level 1 training is designed to be accessible by everyone with an interest in the industry.

IWCF chief executive David Price said the company felt it was important to give back to the industry.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The online training modules will start with an introduction 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, IWCF said.