Falck Nutec, global provider of safety and survival training, is expanding its operations into Africa by opening a new state-of-the-art training facility in cooperation with local Nigerian partner, Prime Atlantic.
The brand new training centre will be opened in Ipara, thus being located close to the heart of oil and gas activities in Nigeria and scheduled to commence operation in October 2008. The world-class centre will offer international training opportunities for a large range of technical personnel in oil and gas companies and service providers. The training centre will be able to provide important safety and survival training to both Nigerian and foreign companies and access to the full suite of accredited and certified training courses currently provided by Falck Nutec.
Ayo Atuyalo, Managing Director of Prime Atlantic and the newly formed joint venture is excited about the new partnership.
"By combining Prime Atlantic's local knowledge and attested performance with Falck Nutec's reputation for excellence, we have formed a unique partnership with a commitment to deliver the best products, services and expertise in the important areas of health, safety and environmental training in Nigeria. Prime Atlantic is enthusiastic and gratified to have reached an agreement to team up with Falck Nutec to provide training in Nigeria," says Mr Atuyalo.
Derek Sinclair of Falck Nutec, Chairman of Falck Prime Atlantic, is equally enthusiastic.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to serve in the Nigerian economy and support the Federal Government's drive to developing human resources in-country through capacity building and Nigerian Content program. The newly built world class training facility will serve the oil and gas industry, including the major producers, refineries, LNG plants and service providers. Other sectors of the economy needing high quality HSE training and related services will also benefit from the training we can provide in close cooperation with our local partner, Prime Atlantic," says Mr Sinclair.
The new facility will employ over 50 people, including qualified trainers from Falck Nutec's training centre in Aberdeen. Almost 4,000 delegates are expected to use the facilities annually, with onsite accommodation available for well-structured multi-day training programmes.
Derek Sinclair further commented: "Nigeria is a significant player in global oil and gas production with a vision for heavy investment to increase production levels and increase economic empowerment opportunities for Nigerians through local content. One way to ensure sustenance of the assets and operations is to increase the levels of safety competences of technical personnel and improve compliance with internationally recognised standards. Falck Prime Atlantic's new facility is well placed to service this requirement."