Qatar Shell and the Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently conducted a two-part education course, ‘Introduction to Well Construction’, on May 25 and June 1 at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ).
Attended by over 30 professionals, the course explored the role of wells engineers, the different types of rigs and wells, their various components, and the various diverse aspects of drilling and well completion operations. The course also included an introduction to the basics of geology, reservoir fluid and rock properties, drilling techniques, completion engineering and production technology.
Blake Stephenson, Qatar Shell’s General Manager of Wells Operations, delivered the programme to participating professionals from the energy sector, including engineers, technical managers, geologists, geophysicists and chemists.
Commenting on the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre’s (QSRTC) collaboration with the SPE, Maha Al Mannai, University Collaboration Manager, said: “It is with great pride that Qatar Shell continues to support the growth of professionals within the energy industry through its collaborations with top-class academic institutions such as SPE and TAMUQ. Facilitating the transfer of industry best practice through such events is integral to QSRTC.”
“Our support of educational initiatives such as this upholds our commitment to promoting best industry practice amongst our stakeholders in the oil and gas industry in Qatar and around the world,” she added.
As part of the course, Stephenson also provided a technical overview of the management of drilling operations, including the engineering and installation of completions. In addition, he highlighted some of the key risks associated with process safety and management of hydrocarbons during wells operations.