Oil and Gas Technical training > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) – Production Start Up

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This Micro VILT will cover the basic process of production startup, differences in procedures, operational issues, key factors with production facilities – all of which will be addressed in the startup process.

In many operations, there will be offloading and cleaning up through a temporary well test package. Participants will be taken through the common flow assurance issues that may be encountered during the well production phase (sand, scale, wax, asphaltenes, hydrates). The potential impact on well performance as well as the possible applications for chemical injection treatments will be explained.

Participants will understand the key considerations and methods for monitoring well productivity and reservoir performance, requirements for monitoring well integrity, and the causes, risks, and possible methods of mitigation for annular pressure buildup.

Producing a well at too high of a rate can reduce ultimate recovery by damaging the reservoir, coning in water, or damaging the wellbore itself. There are completion options available that provide greater control of the downhole operating conditions. If these control systems are to be used in an optimised manner, careful monitoring of reservoir conditions is also required.


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. Unloading the well
  2. Wellbore Clean Up
  3. Temporary Well Test Package

Module 2: Flow Assurance & Well Performance

  1. Scale
  2. Wax, Ashphaltenes, Hydrates
  3. Understanding potential problems

Module 3: Well Integrity & Reservoir Management

  1. Annular Pressure Build Up & SCP
  2. Maximising Production vs Ultimate Recovery


Best Feature of the Micro VILT:

  1. The quiz and other times where interaction was necessary.
  2. Communication of the instructor and presentation of material.
  3. Online interaction with other students and features of MS Teams incorporated into learning which enhanced the overall class experience.
  4. The trainer’s first-hand experience.
  5. Well Startup Operations.
  6. Ability to interact with students.
  7. Learning overall view of production startup from start to end and knowing different issue/problems and how to approach to find a solution.
  8. The quality of the presentation.
  9. The online quiz worked very well.
  10. The best feature of the class was the PowerPoint presentation and the fun competitive quiz at the end.


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.
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Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

This was my favorite class that I have taken compared to the prior five because this class was the closest to covering production operations than the other five which were strictly well operations but I don't mind taking well operations classes. The instructor was very knowledgeable, encouraged virtual class participation, had a very good PowerPoint presentation, and a few good videos/demonstrations to watch.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA

The course was well rounded and gave an informative overview of Production Start Up.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USA