OPITO approved JV to partner with gov’t to equip ‘green’ Guyanese with basic O&G safety, training skills

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ODITC – the 3T EnerMech OPITO Training Centre of Excellence is planning to introduce a new course in collaboration with the Guyana government, on basic oil and gas safety training for Guyanese looking to pursue careers in the sector.

Alan Sharp, ODITC’s General Manager, explained to OilNOW that the ‘Green Hand’ training course should kick off early this year.

Sharp explained that this was crafted specially to take someone with little to no knowledge of the oil and gas industry and put them through a 15-day programme to provide the fundamental training needed.

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“That includes the BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training), banksman, rigging operations, working at heights, base training, dropped objects, basic health and safety. It is a really good conclusive programme to give people knowledge and insight into the offshore operations,” he said.

OPITO courses are deemed the gold standard and a critical prerequisite for thousands of global offshore workers whose employers require a shared knowledge of safe working practices.

The training centre will be introducing additional courses into its diverse mix this year.

3T EnerMech will also be introducing more digital technology, developed based on the needs of its clients. This includes both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

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“We are in discussions with a few companies to bring in a crane simulator – an actual seat with a wrap-around screen where you sit and go through different scenarios for crane operator training and competency assessments,” he explained further. This is all from software and hardware that has been developed by the company, which also includes well control and drilling simulators, Sharp said.

Located in Lusignan, the training facility saw an investment of US$20 million and boasts its own skills hall, welding and fabrication shop, rigging and lifting areas, technology suite and a 14 feet deep sea survival pool.


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