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New training regime at Pan American Energy (PAE) will raise drilling standards

31 May 2018

The second largest oil and gas producer in Argentina, Pan American Energy (PAE), has introduced new training systems across its drilling operations.

Pan American Energy (PAE) approached Drilling Systems, a world leader in drilling simulator competency to help it improve the competency and efficiency of its rig personnel in Argentina.

PAE already uses Drilling Systems advanced drilling simulator DrillSIM:5000 to train its employees in International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) qualifications with realistic drilling and workover scenarios in a safe and controlled environment.

As well as ensuring personnel were trained to deal with unexpected incidents outside of normal operations, PAE wanted to ensure the robust and rapid transfer of skills to its younger, less experienced employees and standardize the same model among drilling crews.

Drilling Systems carried out extensive analysis of PAE’s drilling operations including an assessment of its existing training infrastructure and field evaluations of critical rig personnel. As a result, it developed a number of customised courses and competency assessment programs for PAE in line with the highest international standards.

These include accelerated development programs for staff, tailor-made training courses for critical rig personnel and a staged competency assessment program including on-the-job training mapped against the highest international standards. These programs will be delivered utilizing the Drilling Systems’ DrillSIM:600 simulator, a single chair advanced cyber-based drilling and well control simulator incorporating realistic integrated rig control, anti-collision and zone management systems.

“Following the guidelines developed for us we have implemented competence-based training and assessment programmes across our rapid rigs division to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and support the continuous development of our rapid rig personnel. These new programmes will help cement our position as leader in the drilling industry across Argentina and South America.”
Oscar Alvarex, QUality Operations Executive Manager, Pan American Energy