Introduction to well control in drilling operations

Understanding Well Control in Drilling Operations

Well control equipment identification

Importance of well control

Drilling well control for hydrogen sulphide

Why This Course Is Essential

Awareness is the key to prevention!

Safetyman Academy’s “Introduction to Well Control in Drilling Operations” course is specifically designed to provide new hires and existing company employees with a comprehensive understanding of well control principles, equipment, and techniques. This course emphasizes the critical role of well control in maintaining safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility throughout drilling operations. It is suited for all drilling rig personnel, as everyone on a drilling site should be aware of well control equipment and its proper use.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of well control, including its purpose, principles, equipment, and techniques essential for maintaining safe and efficient drilling operations.

The Importance of Well Control: Understand the primary goals of well control, such as maintaining pressure balance, protecting the environment, and ensuring operational safety.

Key Concepts in Well Control: Gain knowledge of essential well control concepts, including formation pressure, hydrostatic pressure, fracture gradient, and primary and secondary well control.

Well Control Equipment: Familiarize yourself with critical well control equipment, such as Blowout Preventers (BOPs), Choke Manifold, Mud Gas Separator, and Kill Line.

Well Control Techniques: Master well control techniques like the Driller’s Method, Wait and Weight Method, and Volumetric Method, to regain control of a well in the event of a kick or loss of primary well control.

Drilling Well Control for Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S): Learn the properties and risks of H2S, and understand the importance of implementing proper control measures, including gas detection systems, adequate ventilation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and H2S-specific well control procedures.

In less than four hours, this course helps provide a basis for developing a culture of well site drilling safety safety and well control among the drilling team whilst performing their duties.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for everyone on a drilling rig site, including roustabout, roughnecks, derrickman, pump man, mud engineers, and safety personnel. A comprehensive understanding of well control equipment and techniques is critical for maintaining safety and preventing environmental incidents.

Why it works

  • Minimal disruption to the working day – the course takes only half a day
  • Designed for anyone, in the oil and gas drilling sector, worldwide
  • Provides the knowledge and tools required to identify roles and responsibilities in a drilling rig environment.
  • High-impact programme
  • Efficient and effective learning – well control and hydrogen sulphide topics are covered in a single, self-contained course.

The business benefits

Roustabout, roughnecks, derrickman, Pump man, mud engineers, materials and safety personnel, visiting management who through a higher level safety awareness will help your organisation and business meet the legal requirements:

  • Minimise well control incidents.
  • Improve your safety culture
  • Develop staff roles in emergency situations.
  • Achieve an internationally recognised and respected certification for staff
  • Enhance your reputation within the oil and gas industry.

Your benefits

By taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand your own responsibilities for well control safety
  • Identify and report on potential influxes.
  • Assess workplace safety levels
  • Move to the next level of well control

The average time needed to complete the course is 4 hours and the minimum pass mark for the exam is 70% and is valid for 2 years.

World Safety Family

Who benefits From This Course

Everyone! drilling safety is a serious risk to our lives, homes and businesses.

The world is changing quickly and businesses need employees with training, knowledge and skills in order to be competitive.

People who continually develop their professional skills or pursue higher education and training, are placing themselves at the forefront for career advancement opportunities in their future.

By giving yourself or your employees, the knowledge to perform your role safely at work, you will stay safe at work and go home safe, which makes the rest and play time in life, far more rewarding, whatever it is you love to do.


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Course Includes

  • 28 Lessons
  • 5 Tests
  • Course Certificate