Paragon Angola Engineers Complete Work Training Program in Houston

Paragon Angola engineers have successfully completed the eight-month, Houston-based work training program hosted by venture partners AMEC Paragon and Prodoil that provides extensive training and familiarity with AMEC Paragon's core processes.

"AMEC and Prodoil are united in our efforts to extend the highest level of preparedness and training to our Paragon Angola engineers. Our staff's successful completion of the training program reflects the legacy of excellence we are building in Angola together. AMEC's Oil & Gas business sees Angola as key to its plans for growth in Africa, and Paragon Angola will be the primary component for the project and asset support contracts being targeted," said Richard Jenkins, AMEC Oil & Gas Africa Regional Director.

Angolan engineers participating in the program typically have five to eight years of experience in various engineering disciplines. Engineers are fully equipped to undertake all functions required in the execution of engineering and construction tasks and are currently performing site audits, site-survey support, FEED and detailed engineering design, fabrication and construction support. The program also involves focus and training in key AMEC Paragon systems.

Among the many successes Paragon Angola has achieved is its participation in Chevron's Block "O" Areas "A" Gas Management program which delivered local content in Angola by Angolan engineers and a recent engineering projects awarded by TOTAL Angola. This has been made possible following the successful establishment of the Luanda office capability along with shared IT systems, communications links, engineering and project management tools and systems, and safety/quality processes with AMEC Paragon-Houston.

"We (AMEC Paragon and Prodoil) are thrilled with the strides that Paragon Angola has taken since its inception in 2004 and look forward to expanding our staff and capabilities as we continue to achieve success in Angola," said Paula Johnson, General Manager of Paragon Angola. "Paragon Angola's management team has been further strengthened with the arrival of Technical Manager, Mike O'Donnell, who previously worked for AMEC Oil & Gas in Nigeria. Mike's experience of working with Nigerian engineering companies to develop local engineer's skills and capabilities will be invaluable as Paragon Angola seeks to hire more Angolan engineers," Paula goes on to say.

AMEC Paragon brings more than 25 years of global oil and gas engineering and project management experience to the venture and is a proud partner of Prodoil Exploracao e Producao de Hidrocarbonetos, SARL, a 100-percent Angolan company seasoned in oil and gas exploration and production activities.

AMEC is an international project management and services company that designs, delivers and supports infrastructure assets for customers worldwide across the public and private sectors. AMEC employs 45,000 people in more than 40 countries, generating annual revenues of around $8 billion. AMEC's shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange where the company is listed in the Support Services sector.

AMEC Paragon was founded in 1980 to provide engineering, design/drafting, procurement, inspection, construction management, and training services to the oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, its staff of 580 specializes in production facilities, platforms, compression facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines, floating production systems, and subsea systems. Overall, the company has completed more than 3,500 projects for over 260 customers in some 30 countries.