Well Control - Level 2WEL/FPESME2

Who should attend?

  • This course aims to raise the awareness on well control issues and consequences of a blowout, to understand the outcome of a kick and learn the methods of well control.
Audience :
  • All personnel concerned with drilling and completion operations (Operators and Services Companies) involved in operations linked to the detection of a kick and well control: drilling engineers, supervisors, tool pushers, drillers, assistant drillers, derrick men, mud testers, etc.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • THE VARIOUS PRESSURES IN THE WELL

      • Hydrostatic pressure, pressure losses, gas law.
      • Circulation with the well open and with the well shut in.
      • Relationships between various pressures in the well.
  • DEFINITIONS OF PRESSURES

      • Pore pressure, frac pressure, overburden pressure (LOT and FIT).
      • Necessity of a good casing cement job.
  • KICK DETECTION

      • Impact, consequences of a kick.
      • Causes and signs of a kick, well shut-in methods, observation and evolution of pressures in the well.
      • Precautions to avoid a kick, kick drills, exercises on trip sheet, kill sheet…).
  • PRINCIPLES OF WELL CONTROL METHODS

      • Principles and procedures.
      • Drillers, wait and weight, volumetric methods.
  • EQUIPMENT & TESTING PROCEDURES

      • Barriers’ principle (NORSOK standards).
      • BOP stack and BOP control unit.
      • Auxiliary circuits: choke-manifold, mud-gas separator.
      • Function test, pressure test, inflow test.
  • SUBSEA EQUIPMENT

      • Specific equipment of subsea BOP.
      • Problems related to floating rigs.
  • SIMULATOR

      • Layout of the well control equipment used on rig floor.
      • Demonstration: taking a kick while drilling and how to circulate this influx out in a control manner.
  • IWCF CERTIFICATION

      • Written test on principles and procedures.
      • Written test on well control equipment.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the impact and consequences of a blowout,
  • understand the causes of a kick,
  • learn about well control equipment and how to secure the well in the event of a kick occurrence,
  • know the well control methods (circulation and killing),
  • obtain the IWCF level 2 certification.

Ways & Means

  • Course material (PPT, PDF, Word).
  • Exercise book.
  • Demonstration on simulator (if available): taking a kick while drilling and how to circulate this influx out in a control manner.
  • Certified IWCF instructor.