AMAZON ENERGY, OTHERS TRAIN 25 ENGINEERS TO BOOST LOCAL CONTENT
Amazon Energy Limited has completed a training programme for 25 engineers as part of the local content requirements for the Kwale gas flaredown project contracted to it by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
The programme, titled the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board-Human Capital Development training, lasted for 30 months.
The Group Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Energy, Mr David Oluwatimehin, at a ceremony in Lagos on Wednesday, said, “For Amazon Energy, this training graduation of sorts is a milestone event for us because it underscores our commitment to capacity development as an indigenous company. We are committed to the development of Nigerian engineers”.
He said that the Kwale flaredown project gave the company the opportunity to train Nigerian graduates, adding that a commitment is being made to retain 12 out of 25 of them in the organisation.
Speaking on the project, Oluwatimehin said that all oil companies have a mandate to achieve zero gas flaring, noting that gas is flared from the crude oil production process, and it goes into the atmosphere, impacting the environment.
“So, through engineering process, we have worked with Agip to reduce 20 million standard cubic feet of gas being produced at their Kwale facility. We designed and have installed four compressors, with other facilities to achieve the flaredown and this they intend to do at several facilities”, he added.
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr Simbi Wabote, said the NCDMB capacity development training for Kwale flaredown project began on July 10, 2017.
He said after a meticulous selection process, 25 applicants were selected as trainees under this programme, and the programme had 123,960 training man-hours.
Wabote, who was represented by the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB, Mr Tunde Adelana, said, “Today, the entire 25 professionals are graduating in various fields of engineering, with the right skills and different levels of internationally recognised certification.
“This successful execution of the training would not have been possible without the efforts of NCDMB, NAOC and Amazon Energy”, he opined.