Qualco Guyana has received authorisation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the country’s first rope access training facility located at Supply, East Bank Demerara.
“This permit covers the company’s activities for a workshop and equipment storage facility at the company’s operations in support of the country’s oil and gas sector. Qualco’s application and subsequent approval, further demonstrate the company’s commitment to the Environment and compliance with all regulatory requirements,” the company said in its announcement.
Qualco said recently that its rope access training will be provided under ISO 9001:2015 certification.
The primary purpose of rope access is to enable workers to access difficult-to-reach locations without scaffolding, cradles, or aerial platforms. A rope access technician will use ropes to descend, ascend, or traverse ropes while held in place by a harness, and sometimes a rope access work seat.
Aside from oil and gas, such a facility could also benefit Guyana’s booming construction industry, that has experience related accidents in the past. Qualco Guyana was established in 2019 on the wave of massive discoveries being made offshore the South American country at the ExxonMobil-operated Stabroek Block. Operations were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but the company seems ready to forge ahead with plans.