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Oilennium Awarded Contract by International Well Control Forum (IWCF)

Online well control course to be offered free-of-charge by IWCF

LODDON, Suffolk, England – 18 August 2014 – Oilennium Ltd., a Petrofac Training Services (PTS) company that provides eLearning training services to the oil and gas industry, has been retained by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to produce a new eLearning course to explain the life cycle of a well, with primary emphasis on well control.

The IWCF, which sets international training standards for well control, commissioned Oilennium to create the user-friendly course which will offer an engaging and informative overview of this topic.

The course is being designed to raise awareness of well control amongst those working in the global oil and gas industry, and those considering a career in the sector. IWCF plans to make it available free-of-charge on its website as part of this drive.

The online offering is the latest initiative in IWCF’s ongoing campaign to increase understanding of what triggers a well control incident, the impact and how such incidents can be prevented. It is based on specific recommendations made by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) in the wake of the Macondo tragedy.

Kevin Keable, Managing Director of Oilennium, stated, “Given that the course will be made available worldwide by IWCF at no cost and will play a key role in helping IWCF to improve safety globally, it must provide a highly compelling and effective learning experience. In view of this, we are extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with IWCF on this project. It demonstrates the confidence that they have in us to produce a course that will not only educate participants about the life cycle, but drive home the importance of proper well control and how critical it is, not only to the well-being of oil and gas workers, but to all life in the surrounding environment.”

Utilising colourful 3D animation technology, voice-overs and striking visual images, the fully interactive course will open with an explanation as to how reservoirs are formed, which leads to an overview of the well life cycle, from drilling to interventions. It also sheds light on potential hazards, methods of prevention and how kicks and blowouts are addressed by drawing upon actual incidents, such as Macondo and others. Upon completion of the course, the user will have a solid knowledge of the well life cycle, and basic well control.

The new Well Control eLearning course is scheduled for completion in Q4 2014.

About International Well Control Forum
Founded in 1992 by oil and gas operators, the IWCF is an independent, not for profit organisation with elected representatives and a global network of branches, representing the entire industry. Headquartered in Montrose, UK, the forum administers well control training, assessment and certification programmes. IWCF is committed to creating a step-change in well control knowledge and is currently investing in new facilities in Montrose to enhance training for assessors and instructors, including the use of simulators to replicate real-life scenarios. IWCF has certified over 160,000 people in almost every continent through 210 accredited training centres.

About Oilennium Ltd.
The company was founded in 2000 to provide bespoke blended learning systems for companies operating in the international energy
sector. Learning programmes are available about the oil and gas industry, risk management, human resources software, drilling, and safety and equipment operations, among a host of others.
Since 2004, more than 1,000 people have participated in classroom sessions and 75,000 around the world have access to Oilennium’s eLearning programs, which are available in up to 17 different languages. Oilennium provides a broad range of learning programs to numerous corporate customers, including GP International Ltd., Perenco, EnerMech, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Shell, ECITB, Hydratight, Noble Drilling, Pacific Drilling, Marathon, Dolphin Geophysical, Seajacks, Transocean, Tervita and Weatherford. Training sessions have been delivered in Mexico, Singapore, Houston, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Dubai. Oilennium operates from its global headquarters in Loddon in Norfolk, England, and its regional office in Houston, Texas. Additional information may be found at

For further information about Oilennium, contact:
Samantha O’Hara, General Manager, Oilennium Ltd., Loddon, Norfolk, England
Tel: +44 (0)1508 522700, Email: , Web:

Sharon Roe, Spinnaker Communications, St Andrews, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) l334 473 754, Email:

For further information about IWCF, contact;
Gayle Grant, Account Director, The BIG Partnership, Aberdeen, Scotland
Tel +44 (0) 1224 253808, Email

August 2014