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Meet our Drilling and Wells trainers in The Add Energy Academy

10 March 2023 by Add Energy

At Add Energy, we're passionate about what we do! That’s why we’ve carefully designed our own comprehensive training courses on drilling and well integrity to fill the current knowledge gap and lack of training around these subjects, as well as the growing pressure for teams to upskill.

With an increasing number of knowledgeable and skilled people leaving the energy industry, there is a growing skills gap emerging across the globe that is brewing the perfect storm for the sector, but also a prime opportunity for those joining the industry.

Both the Relief Well Planning and NORSOK D-010 courses within The Add Energy Academy have been carefully designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals within this field, with each program delivered by our own subject matter experts.

In this blog post, we introduce you to our two highly skilled trainers who have created our drilling and well engineering modules in The Add Energy Academy, and share insights on what each course covers and why they’re essential to learning and development within drilling and well engineering teams… 


Relief well planning with our Senior Vice President of Well Control and Blowout Support

About the trainer

Based in Houston, Texas, Ray Tommy Oskarsen is a seasoned professional in well control and blowout support, having managed over 250 projects on blowout contingency studies, source-control training and emergency response for wells. 

Day to day, most of Ray’s time is spent evaluating wells which operators plan to drill, addressing hypothetical blowout scenarios and writing up reports to form part of our clients’ blowout contingency plans and risk assessment. Ray also supports the response side of well control and has assisted in the coordination of over 10 relief well projects, including the primary relief well drilled to control the 2010 Macondo blowout.

As Senior Vice President of Well Control and Blowout Support, Ray is best placed to share his vast knowledge and extensive experience of relief well planning. The in-depth training course, which is part of The Add Energy Academy, aims to encourage operators and regulators to work together in overcoming challenges while continuing to operate in a safe and sustainable manner.

What you will learn

The Relief Well Planning course offers a comprehensive guide to what a relief well plan is and why it is essential, providing an excellent starting point for those unfamiliar with the process. 

The course covers the what, why and how of relief well planning, with topics including relief well surface sites, targets, construction and blowout and kill hydraulics. Not only will attendees gain a broad understanding of what a relief well plan is and why they need it, everyone who completes the course will leave with a robust plan which demonstrates how a relief well can be drilled quickly and efficiently.

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  •  Ray Tommy Oskarsen, Ph.D., P.E.

Why you need this course

Although there is a high probability that you will be able to drill your well without occurrence of  a blowout, there is also a small possibility that you won’t. The industry doesn’t like to talk about the risks and occurrence of blowouts but there are major disasters that have taken place, such as Deepwater Horizon/Macondo and Piper Alpha. 

If you don’t have a relief well plan, you run the enormous risk of wasting a huge amount of time, money and causing an insurmountable amount of damage later on by not being prepared. Rather than scrambling around at the last minute under duress, you should know ahead of time whether or not it’s possible to drill a relief well and be able to react immediately and efficiently if a blowout occurs.


NORSOK D-010 with our Well Integrity Advisor and co-author of the D-010 Well Integrity Standard

About the trainer

Terje Løkke-Sørensen has vast and diverse experience in planning and operational support in offshore drilling, completion, wireline and workover activities. As Add Energy’s Well Integrity Advisor, he has developed expert knowledge and insights into the current oil and gas economy, and hasauthored several well integrity manuals during the course of his career. 

Most notably, Terje has co-authored the world-renowned ‘NORSOK D-010 Well Integrity in Drilling and Well Operations’ standard, and was instrumental in redesigning the standard, acting as lead editor of its 2013 revision. Now Terje teaches the standard’s principles in The Add Energy Academy’s training course, so both operators and regulators can gain an essential understanding of what this standard is so they can use it effectively in their roles.

What you will learn

The curriculum of our NORSOK D-010 training course takes learners through the standard chapter by chapter to provide a deeper understanding of the basic well integrity principles and processes, as well as a range of guidelines in preventing and solving well integrity issues.

The course has largely been designed for operating companies, however, it is also well suited to regulators, as well as drilling contractors and service companies who are involved in well construction and servicing activities. Topics covered include general principles, drilling and completion, abandonment, blowout control and contingency planning and real life case studies to solidify the learnings within each topic.

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  •  Terje Løkke-Sørensen

Why you need this course

The D-010 is a foundational standard when it comes to understanding wells and what is needed to maintain control of a well. If you don't abide by these guidelines - which often happens unintentionally - you can potentially find yourself in an extremely dangerous situation. Wells can be devastating if they become out of control, so it’s important that everyone involved in well construction understands their responsibility in ensuring safety and integrity.

A lot of people assume these standards would be covered at university if they study petroleum engineering or drilling engineering, but this unfortunately isn’t the case. The course within The Add Energy Academy is one of a kind and at present, there isn't a comparable course on the market that can take students through each section of the standard in the same way that we do.

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