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Principles of Well Control

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Course Goal: This course aims to provide an overview of well control and the systems used in the process


Target Audience: All relevant drilling personnel


This course is based upon the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) Level 1 Syllabus


Learning Objectives:

Section 1: Overview

LO1 Describe how hydrocarbon reservoirs are formed

LO2 Describe the life cycle concept

LO3 Identify the different types of wells

Section 2: Drilling a Well

LO4 Describe pressure

LO5 Identify the ‘drilling window’

LO6 Describe how a well is drilled from ‘spud’ through to completion

Section 3: Drilling Rigs and Well Control Equipment

LO7 Identify the various types of drilling rigs

LO8 Describe the well control equipment

Section 4: Well Integrity

LO9 Describe well barriers

LO10 Identify the role of human factors in well integrity

Section 5: Well Intervention

LO11 Describe basic well intervention techniques

Section 6: Well Control Events and their Consequences

LO12 Describe well kicks and their consequences during drilling

LO13 Describe the loss of well control in a production environment

Section 7: Well Control Incident Prevention

LO14 Describe well monitoring

LO15 Describe a ‘kick’ incident

LO16 Describe how the well is shut-in during various incidents

LO17 Identify ‘well kill’ methods


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