Western Australia’s engineers and oil and gas specialists will develop better skills for more efficient drilling and production operations through a new program launched in Perth recently.
The National Drilling and Well Control Program is a joint venture between the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
WA accounts for 67% of the national crude oil and 65% of gas production.
University of NSW Business Development Manager Maria Tarabay said the program would provide students with practical training, as well as relevant theory instruction.
“The university’s leading training facility offers students a highly stimulating study environment,” Tarabay said.
“For instance, a newly installed rig-floor drilling and well-control simulator is capable of perfectly simulating real-life drilling operations.
“This unique program is the only one of its kind in Australia and the South East Asia region.”
The State Government has planned to establish WA as a subsea oil and gas centre of excellence, servicing Australia and the Asia Pacific region.