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IADC WellCAPIn a move that could greatly benefit drilling contractors, Shell International Exploration & Production has certified the use of IADC’s WellCAP as an acceptable form of well control training worldwide.

“The latest revision of the global Shell Pressure Control Manual now acknowledges WellCAP as an acceptable well control certification for both Shell company and contractor supervisors,” said Jeff Campbell, senior staff training specialist for Shell EP Americas.

Mr Campbell, currently a member of the IADC WellCAP Review Panel, was a member of the internal team at Shell responsible for  scheduled updates of the company’s well control manual and certification of well control training programs.

Shell to accept WellCAP for worldwide training

Shell’s well control manual previously referenced only the IWCF standard, though some drilling contractors had been able to have their internal WellCAP programs approved by Shell in some regions. In addition, Shell employees in the US have been trained to WellCAP as part of the company’s MMS Subpart O training plan.

Shell’s acceptance of  WellCAP was applauded by Steve Kropla, IADC group vice president – operations & accreditation.

“WellCAP focuses on training, while IWCF focuses on testing,” Mr Kropla said. “They are two different approaches, but the consensus of regulators around the world is that either provide the required basic foundation of well control training.”

Providing contractors the option of utilizing WellCAP will prevent redundant and unnecessary training that has occasionally occurred in the past, Mr Kropla added.

He said IADC was in the process of obtaining additional information from Shell regarding implementation of the new policy and any possible exceptions or limitations to the acceptance of WellCAP. These details will be shared with IADC members as soon as they are available.

WellCAP has long been used as the internal training standard for several major operators, including Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, Petrobras and PEMEX. A number of major drilling contractors also utilize WellCAP for their in-house well control training, and a far greater number have their employees trained to WellCAP standards by commercial training providers.

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