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Survivex launches drilling well control centre of excellence

Feb 24, 2020
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A new training centre of excellence for drilling and well control is being unveiled in Aberdeen to train drilling and well control personnel in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, in an aim to boost competence and safety.

Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, has invested a six-figure sum into the new state-of-the-art facility, which is located within its existing training centre near Aberdeen International Airport in Dyce. The facility, accredited by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF), features the latest generation of drilling simulation technology, where delegates will learn the fundamentals of critical drilling and well control in an immersive virtual environment before embarking on the real thing.

As well as providing the world’s most advanced simulators for every delegate on each course, the new centre will include a central command unit where instructors can demonstrate and teach critical drilling and well control techniques and a dedicated assessment room.

Initially, the new facility will offer Level 3 and 4 Drilling Well Control training for both on and offshore, targeting driller and supervisor levels, with a view to expanding to further courses. The use of advanced simulators allows students to learn how to operate equipment and practise everyday operations without the worry of making mistakes. Crucially, they can practise emergency scenarios that cannot be replicated in the field, increasing competency and improving safety.

Paul Knowles, vice president UK and Europe at 3T Energy Group, said: “We are delighted to add Drilling Well Control training to our extensive portfolio of more than 450 industry-approved courses for the global energy sector. The wider 3T Energy Group has world-leading expertise in the areas of drilling and well control and it made sense to bring this extensive knowledge within our training business to help increase competency levels and improve safety across the oil and gas industry.”