Taskforce finds training essential to oil spill prevention

taskNEW measures have been rolled out by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) in order to improve the competence of well operations workers and prevent major oil spill incidents.
IWCF worked with the human factors taskforce of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers to find improvements to existing well control training, and recommended the addition of three new subjects to the training program: assurance of well integrity throughout the lifecycle of the well; barrier management, casing and cementing; and risk assessment, contingency management and implementation.
The forum stated that these key areas were root cause findings from major incidents and its new recommendations could be the foundation for a permanent change across the oil and gas industry.
“As the only independent body, wholly focussed on well control training and accreditation, representing all stakeholders across the industry, we take our guidance from OGP and are raising our game to meet the recommendations in full,” IWCF chief executive David Price said.
“The ultimate goal for everyone in the industry is to deliver a step-change in competence assurance of well control knowledge and understanding so that we can avoid another tragedy on the scale of Macondo [a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010].
“This means taking a fresh look at what we teach, how we teach it, how people learn and the tools we use to assess and assure competence.”
The updated IWCF training programs would have five levels, ensuring the required level for each specific job with prevention as the primary objective. There would also be an increased focus on case studies, simulation and scenario-based training.
IWCF would continually review the syllabus to incorporate the most up-to-date equipment, practices and incident data.
“In the longer term, IWCF is proposing the introduction of a fully modular approach to suit the global and geographical needs of the industry and regular role-based operational simulations,” IWCF stated.