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  • IADC's WellCAP program provides latest in well control training


    Steve Kropla

    It’s rare to attend an industry conference, read a trade publication, or browse an oil-related financial forum these days without noticing a fair amount of attention to the current crunch for experienced personnel, a condition predicted by many to grow more critical as the industry continues to heat up. While the concern is usually on meeting contract obligations and avoiding downtime, some folks are keeping a close watch on whether the current boom times and associated personnel strain may cause potential well control concerns. One of the tools that drilling contractors are using to manage the current boom in industry activity is well control training accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). IADC’s Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP), Fig. 1, is designed to provide the drilling industry with the building blocks for a comprehensive “well control culture,” beginning at the floorhand level and continuing to the most seasoned drilling personnel.

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