16th June 2015
INTERNATIONAL oil and gas skills organisation, OPITO, is making Nigeria safer for oil and gas workers with the accreditation as a technical qualification centre of a second training company.
Cegelec Oil and Gas, based in Ogere, Nigeria, has secured approval from OPITO to deliver mechanical, electrical and instrument training to standards recognised by the oil and gas industry globally.
A unique, not-for-profit organisation, OPITO is wholly owned by the oil and gas industry and responsible for ensuring it has a safe, skilled and competent workforce. The organisation develops the highest training standards to improve offshore safety. With operations centres in Aberdeen, Dubai, Nicosia, Kuala Lumpur and Houston, OPITO delivers standards, qualifications and workforce development frameworks used by employers in 43 countries worldwide.
Cegelec Oil and Gas has been initially approved to deliver Mechanical, Electrical and Instrument and Control Level 2 training and expects to conduct additional OPITO-approved courses going forward. The training provider is currently in the process of seeking OPITO accreditation for Process Operations training for production trainees.
OPITO group chief executive officer David Doig said:
This approval marks another move forward for OPITO in the drive towards common safety and technical standards in the industry around the world."
Following the accreditation of the first OPITO approved technical qualification centre in Nigeria in 2015 there has been an increasing awareness of the value in ensuring the competency of the Oil and Gas workforce and dramatically improving safety levels.
Africa’s proven oil reserves have grown by nearly 120 percent in the past 30 years and it’s estimated that at least another 100 billion barrels are yet to be discovered. If the continent’s oil producing countries are expected to meet these targets, they need a highly skilled and safe workforce.