Two join to enhance local content in oil, gas through certified training – graphic online

The move is about the most pragmatic and practical step towards training a critical mass of people with the requisite world-class skills to work in the country’s oil and gas industry and related fields.

The collaboration will ensure that trainings and certifications that hitherto are sourced outside the country would be carried out at the RMU.

The instructions will focus on exploration and production; competency-based training, introductory courses for stakeholders from engineering to support services.

The Chief Executive officer of Seaweld Engineering Ltd, Ing Alfred Fafali Adagbedu, signed on behalf of the company, while the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Elvis Nyarko, signed for RMU at the university premises last Monday.

The agreement between the two will make available equipment such as full mission engine room simulator, onshore rig, well control simulator, process operator simulator, crane laboratory and certified trainers.

Trainings are also designed to take care of introductory oil and gas courses, various levels of well control, drilling completion fluids, practical drilling technology, stuck pipe, floater operational transition.

Other areas include advance drilling technology, painting, welders, crane simulation, roustabout, roughneck, derrick-man and driller competency programmes to equip the trainees and international certification.

Aside the technical areas, those in the business community can take advantage of the oil and gas introduction courses to enable them to understand the dynamics of the industry for services such as insurance, banking, civil society groups among others.

Closing the skills gap

Prof. Nyarko said the collaboration between the University and Seaweld Engineering was a clear example of academia partnering industry to address the challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

He said it was important to have the needed equipment, but also the other critical area of maintaining the requisite staffing to help achieve the needed result.

“That is why on the part of Seaweld, it will provide full mission dynamic positioning simulator, accredited professional expatriate staff to offer competency and advanced career programmes leading to certifications in International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and International Well Control Forum (IWCF).

In spite of its relevance to the sustainability of the economy of the country, he said the vocational and technical sector was limited with many rushing for other programmes in humanities among others.

“The historical short gap between our oil discovery and production comes with the lack of requisite skills needed for oil and gas industry leading to importation of skills that could be trained in Ghana, not forgetting the ambitious local content policy,” he said.

In the area of mechanical training, he said the university’s collaboration with Seaweld would also ensure certification in the area of American Welder Society (AWS) certified welder trainers to manage one of the modern welding training centres and certify the trainees accordingly.

The facility, he said, would not only benefit the country but would also support the sub-region to provide a full banquet of competency training at university from roustabout to upstream installation manager.

Deepening local content

He expressed the hope that the collaboration would ensure the enrichment of local content policy of the government and the industry as a whole.

Mr Adagbedu described the collaboration as strategic and said: “This is the time when the country is calling for strong collaboration between industry and technical education, as well as competency based training.”