This Course is Designed For:

 Drilling Engineers and Supervisors;
 Petroleum Engineer;
 Drilling Managers;
 Managers in Oil & Gas Industry;
 Drilling Superintendents;
 Design Engineers and Supervisors;
 Operations Engineers;
 Reservoir Engineers;
 Applications Engineers;
 Geologists;
 Executives;
 Drilling Contractor;
 Service Company Personnel;
 Petroleum Inspector Officer.

Duration: 4 Weeks (20 Days)
Course Contents, Concepts and Issues

Part 1: Deepwater Drilling Operations (1)

 Exploring the Deepwater;
 Identifying the Prospect;
 Drilling a Wildcat;
 Deepwater Plays in Context;
 Geology the Shelf vs. the Deepwater;
 Drilling and Completing Wells;
 The Well Plan;
 Rig Selection;
 Drilling;
 Completing the Well;
 Special Problems;
 Development Systems;

Part 2: Deepwater Drilling Operations (2)

 Development Systems Choices;
 Choosing Development Systems;
 Fixed Structures;
 The Concrete Platform;
 The Compliant Tower;
 Installing Platforms;
 Installing Concrete Gravity Platform;
 Setting the Pipeline Riser;
 Floating Production Systems;
 Tension Leg Platforms (TLP);
 Monocolumn Tension Leg Platforms (TLP);
 Floating Production Storage and Offloading Unit (FPSO);

Part 3: Deepwater Drilling Operations (3)

 Floating, Drilling, Production, Storage Offloading Unit (FDPSO);
 Floating Production Storage Vessel (FPS);
 Spars;
 Mooring Spreads;
 Subsea Systems;
 Wells;
 Manifold And Sleds;
 Flowline Jumpers and Gathering;
 Umbilicals and Flying Leads;
 Control Systems;
 Flow Assurance;
 System Architecture and Installation;
 Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs);
 Topsides;

Part 4: Deepwater Drilling Operations (4)

 Oil Treatment;
 Water Treatment;
 Gas Treatment;
 Safety Systems;
 Auxiliary Systems;
 Pipelines Flowlines and Risers;
 The Boon and Bane of Buoyancy;
 Laying Pipe;
 Bottom Conditions;
 Risers;
 Pipeline System Operations;
 Technology and Third Wave.

Part 5: Well Control

Equipment in Well Control Operations

 Pressure, Erosion, Corrosion and Vibration;
 Threaded Connections;
 The Stack;
 The Choke Line;
 The Choke Manifold:
 The Panic Line;
 The Separator;
 The Kill Line;
 The Stabbing Valve.

Classic Pressure Control Procedures While Drilling

 Causes of Well Kicks and Blowouts;
 Indications of a Well Kick;
 Shut-In Procedure;
 Circulating Out The Influx.

Pressure Control Procedures While Tripping

 Causes of Kicks While Tripping;
 Shut-In Procedure.

Special Conditions, Problems and Procedures in Well Control

 Significance of Surface Pressures;
 Safety Factors in Classical Pressure Control Procedures;
 Circulating a Kick Off Bottom;
 Classical Procedures – Plugged Nozzle Effect;
 Classical Procedures – Drill String Washout Effect;
 Determination of Shut-In Drill Pipe Pressures;
 Determination of the Type of Fluid That Entered the Wellbore;
 Frictional Pressure Losses;
 Annulus Pressure Profiles With Classical Procedures;
 Constant Casing Pressure, Constant Drill Pipe Pressure and Modification of the Wait and Weight Method;
 The Low Choke Pressure Method;
 Reverse the Bubble Out Through the Drill Pipe;
 The Overkill Wait and Weight Method;
 Slim Hole Drilling – Continuous Coring Considerations;
 Stripping With Influx Migration;
 Oil-Base Mud in Pressure and Well Control Operations;
 Floating Drilling and Subsea Operation Considerations;

Fluid Dynamics in Well Control

 Kill-Fluid Bullheading;
 Kill-Fluid Lubrication – Volumetric Kill Procedure;
 Dynamic Kill Operations;
 The Momentum Kill.

Part 6: Deepwater Drilling Equipment and Operations

Selection of Drilling Practices

 Surface Equipment;
 When and How To Close The Well;
 Gas-Cut Mud;
 The Closed Well;
 Kick Control Procedures;
 Maximum Casting Pressure;
 Maximum Borehole Pressure.

Fishing Operations and Equipment

 Causes and Prevention
 Pipe Recovery And Free Point
 Parting The Pipe
 Jars, Bumper Subs And Intensifiers
 Attachment Devices
 Fishing For Junk
 Abandonment;
 Wirelines:

Casing and Casing String Design

 Types Of Casing;
 Casing Data;
 Combination Casing Strings;
 Running And Pulling Casing;

Well Cementing

 Chemistry of Cements;
 Cementing Principles;
 Standardization and Properties of Cements;
 Properties of Cement Slurry and Set Cement:
 Cement Additives;
 Primary Cementing;
 Secondary Cementing;
 Squeeze Cementing.

Tubing and Tubing String Design

 API Physical Property Specifications;
 Running and Pulling Tubing;
 Preparation and Inspection Before Running;
 Packers.

Part 7: Well Control

Special Services in Well Control

 Snubbing;
 Fire Fighting and Capping;
 Freezing;
 Hot Tapping;
 Jet Cutting.

Relief Well Design and Operations

 History;
 Reliability of Proximity Logging;
 Reliability of Commercial Wellbore Survey Instruments;
 Subsurface Distance Between Relief Well and Blowout;
 Surface Distance Between Relief Well and Blowout;
 Summary;
 Relief Well Plan Overview.

The Underground Blowout

 Casing Less Than 4000 Feet;
 Pipe Below 4000 Feet;
 Charged Intervals – Close Order Seismic – Vent Wells;
 Shear Rams;
 Cement and Barite Plugs.

Case Study: The E.N. Ross No.2

 Analysis of the Blowout;
 Observations and Conclusions.

Contingency Planning

The Al-Awda Project: The Oil Fires of Kuwait

 Overview of the Project;
 The Problems;
 Control Procedures;
 Extinguishing the Fires;
 Cutting;
 Statistics;
 Safety.

We offer very attractive discount for groups of 3 and more people, from the same organisation, taking the same course. This discount is between ten percent (10%) and thirty three percent (33%), depending on the group size. Even with these discounts, we can also deliver courses for groups in the country of your choice.

Courses are delivered in over 30 Cities including Miami, London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Milan, Caracas, Manila, Manama.

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