Weatherford Secure Drilling Services and Maersk Training have entered a strategic partnership to enhance scenario-based training and competency for critical wells. The training will provide Weatherford, operator and rig-crew personnel with improved preparation and aptitude to help prevent well-control events and nonproductive time when operating in extreme drilling environments.
Weatherford recently introduced the OneSync software platform, built on the Microflux control system, to improve planning, simulation and control during managed pressure drilling (MPD), early kick detection, and many other drilling and completions scenarios.
Maersk Training will fully integrate the MPD simulator application of the OneSync platform into its drilling simulators to enable comprehensive MPD and well-control planning and scenario-based training. The Maersk Training drilling simulators will be available in multiple geographic locations, including Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Aberdeen.
“Improved competencies on how to manage well-control scenarios through the application of these technologies, as well as seamless communication across multi-functional teams, are imperative to a safe and productive future,” said Iain Cook, vice president of Weatherford Secure Drilling Services.
Maersk Training provides advanced simulation-based well-control training with a focus on rig-team interaction and the influence of human factors on an offshore operational environment. The advanced simulations will enable entire rig crews — including the drilling contractor, operator, service provider and third parties — to receive hands-on rig and well-specific training in a realistic simulated environment.
"We are combining strong technical knowledge with high-quality training to increase competence development for crews working with MPD technology," said Claus Bihl, CEO of Maersk Training. “This will improve safety and operational performance on rigs.”
As a part of this agreement, Maersk Training will serve as Weatherford’s preferred provider of well-control training for all MPD personnel worldwide.