Grad­u­ates of the UOM Masters in Petroleum Stud­ies un­der­take spe­cialised five-day train­ing at the Able­man Drilling Academy

Dr Chris Car­dona MP, Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­ness and Joe Mizzi MP, Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture, at­tended the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony at the Academy’s state-of-the-art San Gwann fa­cil­ity

Malta Independent - - EDUCATION -

Four Mal­tese grad­u­ates of the Univer­sity of Malta’s Masters in Petroleum Stud­ies course re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Able­man Drilling Ca­reers Academy, hav­ing com­pleted an IWCF Level 2 Well Con­trol course, with an ad­di­tional, spe­cialised two-day ex­ten­sion on the Academy’s DS 5000 Rig Floor Sim­u­la­tor.

The course, which was or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with UoM, was spon­sored by the Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture. The cer­e­mony it­self was at­tended by the Dr Chris Car­dona, Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­ness, Joe Mizzi, Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture, Dr Pauline Galea, head of the Geo­science Depart­ment at the UoM, An­gelique Maggi, di­rec­tor of the Able­man Drilling Academy and Bill Richard­son, head of the Able­man Drilling Academy, and in­struc­tor Mal­colm Lodge.

Speaking to the press af­ter the cer­e­mony, Ms Maggi said: “We are hon­oured to have col­lab­o­rated with UoM to give th­ese stu­dents a very par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ence that com­bines the aca­demic ben­e­fits of their de­gree, the in­dus­try course IWCF Level 2 Well Con­trol course and the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of our DS 5000 Rig Floor Sim­u­la­tor. This sim­u­la­tor is unique in Malta and the re­gion and found at very few schools around the world, so its use has pro­vided them with very par­tic­u­lar knowl­edge of well con­trol equip­ment and ba­sic op­er­a­tions that will cer­tainly be con­sid­ered an as­set in the in­dus­try.”

The Able­man Drilling Ca­reers Academy is, in fact, ded­i­cated to pre­par­ing stu­dents for ca­reers in the in­ter­na­tional oil sec­tor. It is fully ac­cred­ited and pro­vides both IADC Well Sharp and IWCF Drilling Well Con­trol cour­ses at In­tro­duc­tory/Level 2, Driller/Level3 and Su­per­vi­sor/Level 4.

“The Level 2 course that th­ese stu­dents com­pleted is the start­ing point for any­one re­quir­ing well con­trol cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” says Mr Richard­son. “It cov­ers the ba­sic un­der­pin­ning prin­ci­ples of well con­trol, in­tro­duces the equip­ment used to con­trol an in­flux, and de­tails the ba­sic meth­ods em­ployed in re­turn­ing well op­er­a­tions to pri­mary con­trol. Be­yond that, the sim­u­la­tor as­pect of the cour­ses was tai­lor-made to suit the needs of this group and I be­lieve that, to­gether, the train­ing has pro­vided them with an ex­cel­lent in­tro­duc­tion to the in­dus­try.”

Agree­ing, one of the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents said: “Com­ing from a back­ground in Petroleum Stud­ies, the IWCF Level 2 Well Con­trol Course has granted me an im­proved and co­her­ent un­der­stand­ing of well con­trol. I would rec­om­mend the course to any­one pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the oil and gas in­dus­try.”

The Academy, which forms part of the larger Able­care Oil­field Ser­vices Group, pro­vides re­gional so­lu­tions and ser­vices to the marine, oil and gas in­dus­try in the Mediter­ranean, African and Mid­dle East Re­gion.

“The wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that our team brings to the Academy means we can of­fer tai­lor-made so­lu­tions to our clients, and this di­rectly re­sults in the im­proved per­for­mance, safety, and ef­fi­ciency of the oilin­dus­try work­force. Th­ese grad­u­ates are an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the suc­cess that comes from col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween in­dus­try and ed­u­ca­tion. We look for­ward to fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions of this kind,” Ms Maggi con­cludes.

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