Lakkotrypis backs im­por­tance of sin­gle global train­ing stan­dard

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En­ergy Min­is­ter Yior­gos Lakkotrypis has re­in­forced the im­por­tance of train­ing off­shore per­son­nel to one in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dard to en­sure the coun­try’s oil and gas work­force are safe and com­pe­tent as it moves closer to be­com­ing a re­gion of tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence in the eastern Mediter­ranean.

The en­ergy sec­tor in Cyprus has been un­der­go­ing a dra­matic change af­ter nat­u­ral gas re­sources were dis­cov­ered off­shore. In March this year the gov­ern­ment launched its third off­shore li­cens­ing round for hy­dro­car­bon ex­plo­ration in its exclusive eco­nomic zone (EEZ) kick start­ing a fun­da­men­tal change to how the in­dus­try is struc­tured and or­gan­ised within the coun­try.

Lakkotrypis’ com­ments came the same week as OPITO’s Train­ing Providers’ Ad­vi­sory Group (TPAG) was held in Cyprus for the first time, a year af­ter the skills or­gan­i­sa­tion for the oil and gas in­dus­try opened a new of­fice in Ni­cosia.

Train­ing providers from 17 coun­tries at­tended the OPITO meet­ing and also high­lighted the ben­e­fits of work­ing to­wards the same ap­proved train­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion to en­sure the safety and skills of oil and gas work­ers across the globe, es­pe­cially with so many dif­fer­ent cul­tures and en­vi­ron­ments in the equa­tion.

Lakkotrypis met with OPITO group chief ex­ec­u­tive David Doig and dis­cussed the need to en­sure the safety and skills of the work­force.

“Cyprus is on the cusp of be­com­ing the new­est en­ergy sec­tor within the eastern Mediter­ranean re­gion,” said Doig.

“The fact that Mr Lakkotrypis has been proac­tively en­gag­ing with OPITO and dis­cussing how best to train off­shore per­son­nel to en­sure a safer work­force sends a strong mes­sage about how se­ri­ously the coun­try is tak­ing train­ing es­pe­cially as the ge­ol­ogy of the eastern Mediter­ranean makes the ex­plo­ration and ex­ploita­tion of gas dis­cov­er­ies at these depths very chal­leng­ing.”

The En­ergy Min­is­ter added: “The Repub­lic of Cyprus, which is cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for off­shore ex­plo­ration in Blocks 6, 8 and 10 of its EEZ as part of its third Li­cens­ing Round, is very keen Ôn de­vel­op­ing the over­all com­pe­ten­cies and ex­per­tise of the coun­try’s oil and gas work­force. This will al­low our is­land na­tion to en­sure the safest and most vi­able mon­e­ti­za­tion of our in­dige­nous hy­dro­car­bon re­sources, whilst also ful­fill­ing our long-term as­pi­ra­tion to cre­ate a knowl­edge-based oil and gas sec­tor, lever­ag­ing the tremen­dous hu­man tal­ent that we have avail­able in Cyprus.”

Recog­nised as the best in the world, OPITO stan­dards have been adopted by ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and na­tional oil and gas com­pa­nies in over 45 coun­tries. The in­dus­try body sets train­ing stan­dards to en­sure the safety of those work­ing in oil and gas.

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