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Drilling Systems provides simulation systems for Nabors’ new training centre in Kazakhstan

One of the world’s largest onshore drilling contractors, Nabors, selected Drilling Systems to provide its very latest DrillSIM drilling simulators for a new state-of-the-art training centre.

With seven training centres strategically located around the world, Nabors has invested in industry-leading training programs for many years that give its rig crews a unique combination of classroom, hands-on and simulator training.

To supplement its existing training programs, Nabors has equipped several of its training facilities with Drilling Systems’ DrillSIM simulators, which meet and exceed IADC and IWCF standards, to offer the ultimate industry standard in drilling and well control training. Models range from portable and full-size conventional drilling and well control simulators to advanced cyberbase models with bespoke options for specific customer requirements.

The technology from Drilling Systems realistically mirrors the environment of a working onshore rig, enabling the simulation of various operational scenarios in a controlled atmosphere, including stuck-pipe and well-control incidents.

“Making mistakes on a simulator is the best way to learn and guarantees memory retention so you don’t make the same mistakes in the field.”

Clive Battisby, Chief Operating Officer, Drilling Systems

This type of simulated, realistic training allows rig crews to safely enhance their knowledge and skills as they proactively learn how to react in the event the same operational issues were to occur on a working rig.

Drilling Systems Chief Operating Officer Clive Battisby said: “Our DrillSIM simulators have been implemented at a number of Nabors’ drilling simulator training facilities around the world. This new facility in Kazakhstan will undoubtedly raise industry drilling standards across the region and is a great example of Nabors’ commitment to safety and crew competency.”

In an effort to strengthen safety awareness and learning throughout the global industry, Nabors plans to utilize its state-of-the-art drilling training centres in Algeria, Kazakhstan and Dubai to conduct technology-enhanced learning programs for third-party drilling contractors and oilfield service companies.

Clive added: “Making mistakes on a simulator is the best way to learn and guarantees memory retention so you don’t make the same mistakes in the field. The benefits mean we have competent, highly trained personnel who can recognise and respond to situations much quicker in the field ultimately maximising drilling operations and creating an extremely safe working environment.”