DPR CLOSES WARRI, PORT HARCOURT TRAINING CENTRES

DPR CLOSES WARRI, PORT HARCOURT TRAINING CENTRES

The Department of Petroleum Resources has shut down Offshore Safety Training Centres in Warri and Port Harcourt owned by Opeans Nigeria Limited.

The shutdown of the two centres was caused by the failure of the company to meet the DPR requirement for operating such Offshore Safety and Emergency Response training centres in Nigeria.

It was gathered that Opeans Nigeria Limited conducts courses such as the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, Further Offshore Emergency Training at the training centres in Warri and Port Harcourt.

However, the DPR, in an official letter signed by its Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sarki Auwalu, and addressed to the Managing Director of Opeans Nigeria Limited, stated that the centres did not comply with the DPR Guidelines.

Auwalu had previously stated during a webinar session with the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria that the DPR was passionate about establishing competence and capacity in the oil and gas training space.

According to him, the DPR was being careful in granting of permits to training organisations to check sharp practices.

Although, a check on the DPR website, Offshore Training Centres – Department of Petroleum Resources, shows that Opeans Nigeria Limited accreditation expired on May 11, 2020.

Recall that the Delta State Government had in July, closed down Opeans Nigeria Limited owned Offshore Safety Training Centre in Warri “for failure to produce its accreditations to operate in the state.

When contacted on Monday, the Warri Comptroller of DPR, Antai Asoquo confirmed the report in Warri saying he acted on the Warriors facility.

 

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