BSP 1 of 6 Shell firms to offer in-house well simulation training

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BRUNEI Shell Petroleum (BSP) is now one of only six Shell companies worldwide to offer in-house simulated well training after it officially launched three simulators as part of its new well training centre worth over $3 million yesterday.

The life-sized simulators, housed at the Integrated Wells and Operations Training Centre of the Brunei Asia Pacific Shell Learning Hub (BAPSLH) in Seria, are designed to replicate drilling and well intervention and completion on rigs, with the tasks carried out visible to the trainee via LCD screens.

BSP’s managing and deputy managing directors yesterday said the centre, accredited by the International Well Control Forum (ICWF), was procured and constructed over two years with the objectives of training more locals efficiently by saving cost and time, as well putting BAPSLH on the map as a regional and international destination for training.

“Previously, we were sending hundreds of our staff overseas for such (well) training, and on a yearly basis, spending close to a million dollars for the cost of said training,” said BSP Managing Director Andrew Faulkner yesterday at the launch.

Aside from keeping spending within the country, BSP is also banking that the centre’s ICWF certification and state-of-the-art facilities will draw drilling and well professionals outside Shell and Brunei to undertake the courses offered.

“Well operations is a field which is ever-present and always needed in the oil and gas industry, and the ICWF certifications ensure that the content of training delivered is of very high standards, with those completing able to work anywhere,” said BSP Deputy Managing Director Hj Kamaluddin Bungsu.

He added that the centre can accommodate over 700 trainees per year from Brunei, including BSP staff, their contractor’s staff and students.

Two of the simulators mimic drilling: a “classical” version done standing, while the other is done seated in a “cyber-chair” with a joystick. The third model simulates well intervention and completion.

BSP well trainer Tia Siew Horng said there is currently an instructor for each simulator, with the drilling courses for professionals offered in three levels depending on their background.

“Currently (for working professionals) there are Levels 2, 3 and 4, and can expand depending on demand,” said Horng.

Level 4 is generally for supervisors on the rig, Level 3 for those who drill the wells and Level 2 for other rig crew. The simulators also boast the ability to manipulate several variables including temperature, pressure, surface and direction.

Horng said trainees can also take real-life scenarios from the rig and apply them to the centre to be rigorously tested to achieve the intended outcome.

“Really, the simulators allow for a huge number of scenarios for the user to manoeuvre, which will create competency in those who have yet to develop it, and reinforce it amongst those who are already seasoned,” he added.

The deputy managing director also said higher learning institutions have begun lining up to use the facilities, including Politeknik Brunei and Institut Teknologi Brunei.

“The centre was built ... (to) be self-sustaining for many years to come, in terms of our capability and capacity to train people to become competent well engineers in the future,” said Hj Kamaluddin.

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Energy and Industry Department of the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Hj Jamain Hj Julaihi was on hand yesterday to officiate at the opening of the centre.

The Brunei Times