The facility, which will also be used for research and testing purposes, can be used to train both on and offshore personnel and consists of a 1km, 10" diameter pipeline constructed in a loop formation. When complete, it will also feature the latest supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology, enabling multiple scenario simulations to be programmed during training.
The pipeline facility is the most recent addition to Petrofac Training's extensive operations and technical training portfolio, and will offer a number of courses across the subject area from basic introductory to more advanced levels across pipeline operations, pigging operations and corrosion engineering.
Louise Ferguson, UK/Europe operations director for Petrofac Training, is delighted with the new addition to the company's portfolio:
"At Petrofac Training we continually look for new ways of enhancing our product and service offering. The pipeline operations facility is a significant and complementary addition to our existing facilities and resulting training capability. Research has shown that there is a strong desire within the oil & gas industry to reduce the in-house training burden and to achieve some standardisation across the industry in the area of pipeline operations. We are working closely with key industry representatives to ensure that course content and methodologies employed meet the needs of the industry.
Ferguson added, "An important differentiator is the ability for delegates to undertake extensive hands-on training without the dangers and risks associated with a 'live' pipeline, reflecting Petrofac Training's approach to offer blended learning solutions, combining theory with practical training and experience."
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