Introduction to Surface Well Control Equipment


The Introduction to Surface Well Control Equipment workshop presents the BOP and related well control equipment found on today’s surface rigs. This highly informative workshop equips candidates with overall knowledge of drilling equipment, explains the most common faults of BOPs on surface rigs and introduces basic maintenance procedures with a focus on safe working practices. The course compliments the skills gained during the mandatory IWCF well control training.


Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at the following individuals working on land rigs, platform rigs, barge rigs and jack-up rigs:

– roughnecks

– derrickmen

– (assistant) drillers

– toolpushers

– drilling supervisors

– maintenance supervisors

– rig managers

– HSE staff

– (assistant) mechanics


Aims of the course

Upon completion of the Introduction to Surface Well Control Equipment workshop attendees will be able to:

- fully understand and explain the operation of the main components of well control equipment (ram- and annular-type BOPs, gate valves, choke and kill manifolds, diverters and control systems)

- understand the basic requirements from the regulator and API for well control equipment

- understand maintenance requirements for well control equipment

- perform maintenance on ram and annular-type BOPs in a safe manner, as learned from practical training onsurface BOPs in the DTA workshop


Workshop content
Topics covered during this workshop include:
– function, operation, inspection and most common problems of:

  • ram and annular preventers
  • gate valves
  • choke and kill manifolds
  • hydraulic control units
  • diverter systems
  • coflexip hoses

– analysis of the configuration and testing of the choke and kill manifold
– safe-working procedures and requirements for pressure testing BOP equipment
– recognizing symptoms which indicate malfunctions or the need to inspect, maintain or repair well control equipment.



The workshop consists of two days of interactive classroom sessions and practical assignments in the DTA workshop. In the practical session attendees have the opportunity to witness inspection of cavities, ram blocks, annular preventers and inspect several areas of equipment. The classroom (theoretical) sessions are structured to allow group participation and discussion. The workshop includes videos explaining operational and maintenance procedures and multiple photographic examples of good and poor working practices.



Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Surface Well Control Equipment workshop, attendees receive a certificate of completion. This certificate is valid for five years.



Two days, including dedicated time in the DTA workshop.


Educational path

Participants who have completed the Introduction to Surface Well Control Equipment workshop and would like to extend their knowledge further are encouraged to attend other Lloyd’s Register Energy - Drilling courses and training programs.


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