Williston’s realistic well-control program is back

WILLISTON, N.D. - Work in the oil industry can be dangerous, and proper training can be the difference between life and death. Now a tried and tested program to help create safe working environments is returning.

What TrainND staff say is the most realistic well-control training in the Williston area is coming back after being on a hiatus for a year.

This August, the TrainND full-size simulator will once again give students real scenarios they can work through, and prepare them to prevent and control disaster situations.

If a blowout occurs, where oil blasts out of a well and becomes uncontrolled, it could start a fire, causing environmental issues, halt production, and lead to the loss of life.

Kenley Nebeker WSC Regional Director of Technical Programs said: “Worst-case scenario is somebody dies or multiple people die. So that's why we are so passionate about it. It's a program to make sure that people aren't dying."

Staff say this facility is the only full-simulation of its kind in the area. They say when human lives are concerned, preparedness makes a big difference, and their hands-on simulation is the best way to do that.

“I think the full-size simulator is more beneficial because we can get groups of three students and have them act out or play a role as if they were actually on a rig,” stated Sheena Solberg, TrainND Quality Control Specialist.

Sessions will take place every other month, and staff can have up to twelve students in every class, that last from one to five days.