Oil and Gas Technical training > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Designing for Plug & Abandonment from Day One

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

All wells require Plug & Abandonment (P&A) at the end of their productive life. P&A is responsible for up to 40% of total decommissioning costs for some operators.

Current efforts focus on activities with immediate cost reduction by:

  1. Improving operational best practices
  2. Developing cost-effective solutions to common technical challenges

Although effective in the short-term, operators need to adopt a long-term view to:

  1. Improve understanding of existing barrier quality and potential leak paths
  2. Provide effective zonal isolation through the well life that continues through P&A
  3. Rethink cable and control line routing to enable cost-effective removal


Micro VILT Group Pricing:

SGD$1,200 per person / USD$ 889 per person

(Minimum 5 persons per group session)

For more details on pricing for larger groups or customisation of course outline, call us at +65 6741 9927 or email [email protected]


Delivery of this Micro VILT:

The Micro VILT will be delivered through Zoom, MS Teams or equivalent video conference platforms in combination with other online interactive training tools.


Micro VILT Duration:

The Micro VILT will be delivered online in 1 session comprising 4 hours, with 2 breaks.

Micro VILT Course Materials:

All participants will receive softcopy course materials (PDF format).


Breakdown of Modules:

Module 1: Overview

  1. Design & Construction
  2. Planning for the Future
  3. Brief Overview of P&A Standards

Module 2: Understanding the Well Life Cycle

  1. Design Reviews
  2. Applying New Technology to Old Designs
  3. When to Abandon vs Suspend

Module 3: Available Technologies

  1. Current Best practices
  2. Innovative Solutions vs Disruptive Technologies
  3. P&A Verification vs Long Term

Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. The quiz (really fun) and the group exercise at the end. I liked the ability to design the barriers in a well.
  2. The interactive group activities.
  3. Safety.
  4. Online games.
  5. Pace was great.
  6. Enjoyed the interactive exercises and quizzes.

This Micro VILT will benefit staff involved in drilling and workover, with 2-3 years of experience in the design of wells and/or drilling or workover operations.

It is recommended for the following staff to attend:

  • Well Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Drilling Supervisors
  • Workover Supervisors
  • Production Engineering
  • Well decommissioning Engineers

* Prior experience in Plug & Abandonment is not required.

Gordon Duncan has over 40 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. During that time, he has worked exclusively in well intervention and completions. After a number of years working for intervention service companies (completions, slickline & workovers), he joined Shell as a well service supervisor. He was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all well intervention work on Shell’s Persian/Arabian Gulf platforms. This included completion running, coil tubing, e-line, slickline, hydraulic workovers, well testing and stimulation operations. An office-based role as a senior well engineer followed.

He was responsible for planning, programming and organising of all the well engineering and intervention work on a number of fields in the Middle East. He had a brief spell as a Site Representative for Santos in Australia before joining Petro-Canada as Completions Superintendent in Syria, then moved to Australia as Completions Operations Superintendent for Santos, before returning to Shell as Field Supervisor Completions and Well Interventions in Iraq where he carried out the first ever formal abandonment of a well in the Majnoon Field. While working on rotation, Gordon regularly taught Completion Practices, Well Intervention, Well Integrity and Reporting & Planning courses all over the world. In 2014, he started to focus 100% on training and became the Technical Director for PetroEDGE.

Since commencing delivering training courses in 2008, Gordon has taught over 300 courses in 31 cities in 16 countries to in excess of 3,500 participants.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
Request for further information about post training coaching support and fees applicable for this.

Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

A well done virtual learning experience for the current socially distanced or work from home climate.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

Great VILT!

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

Great instructor.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA