This paper aims to describe an evolving system utilised by young professionals with varying degrees of experience and backgrounds, supported by senior staff, to gain an improved understanding of ongoing well operations. The program has been tailored to the needs and capabilities of the individual, whilst allowing for continued development.

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) has several joint venture assets across the globe. In order to assist in the communication with the Kuwait Head Office, KUFPEC has Area Offices to liaise with, and shadow the work carried out by local in-country Operators. However, by doing so the opportunity for Junior Staff, in the Head Office, to be directly involved in Well Operations is restricted. In order to mitigate this, a workflow has been initiated by the South East Asia Region (SEAR) that allows for Junior Staff to track the progress of wells being drilled and by doing so obtain a ‘feel’ for being in an ‘Operational Environment’. The workflow itself is flexible and has been tailored to the individual as well as specific well operations.

In all cases the starting point is establishing the Well Objectives and so a detailed review of a Drilling Program and costs, followed by a Q&A session, is undertaken alongside more Senior Engineers to ‘introduce’ the well. Prior to Spud, ‘Well Montages’ are developed that describe the full information of the operation. The Well Montages are updated daily via Daily Drilling and Daily Geological Reports. An ‘Operational Highlights’ email is communicated to the department each afternoon that summarises the well progress and includes any risks or hazards to be aware of. Throughout the operation the Junior Staff are encouraged to reference the Drilling Program to follow the operations progress. After well completion a short ‘End of Well Summary’ is produced. Initial results of this workflow have been extremely positive. As more wells pass through the workflow the technical understanding of the Junior Staff increases. Their appreciation of specific hazards and uncertainties has improved, and they also have gained an enhanced understanding of Well Operations as well as the associated terminology and abbreviations. Support for the Junior Staff has also been obtained from the Area Offices, who are in direct contact with the operators.

This paper would be of interest to Mentors or Coaches who have an emerging talent pool. The paper outlines a clear and concise method that has been tried and tested and that allows for a Coach to define a workplan specific for the needs of the Junior Engineer, and thereby promote their individual development needs whilst on the job.

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