TPO

IN­TER­VIE­WEE: GLENN HARDIN, GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER, TAKATUF PETRO­FAC OMAN

Oil & Gas Middle East - - ADIPEC PREVIEW -

Tell me about your train­ing pro­gram.

Takatuf Petro­fac Oman (TPO) pro­vides world-class, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grammes up to Level 3 Diploma. We ap­ply an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to fast-track com­pe­tency de­vel­op­ment to aug­ment and as­sure the skills of oil and gas tech­ni­cians who will go on to sup­port the oil and gas in­dus­try.

We have been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the in­dus­try to de­sign and pro­vide modern, high-qual­ity train­ing for our stu­dents. TPO is quite unique in that our train­ing cour­ses com­prise a mix of class­room-based the­ory, sup­ported by dig­i­tal cur­ricu­lum, com­puter based train­ing and im­mer­sive, prac­ti­cal learn­ing.

The prac­ti­cal train­ing is un­der­taken on four im­pres­sive and pur­pose­built process train­ing plants which have been de­signed and built by Petro­fac to the same in­dus­trial stan­dards as ac­tual hy­dro­car­bon fa­cil­i­ties. This cre­ates a risk free, im­mer­sive en­vi­ron­ment which en­ables stu­dents to get prac­ti­cal, hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on plant op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing fail­ures and shut-downs, which is oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult to repli­cate on site.

How many stu­dents are cur­rently in train­ing?

Since open­ing the cen­tre in April 2018, we have en­rolled 192 stu­dents from com­pa­nies in­clud­ing BP, Salalah Methanol Com­pany, OMIFCO, OTTCO, Oman Oil Com­pany Ex­plo­ration & Pro­duc­tion (OOCEP), Vale and Oman Gas Com­pany. TPO is de­signed to op­er­ate just like the fa­cil­i­ties our stu­dents will go on to sup­port and has two ‘shifts’ so we can in­crease our ca­pac­ity to over 600 stu­dents at any one time, and this also re­flects the work­ing mod­els that our stu­dents will en­counter at site.

What chal­lenges did you face while set­ting up the train­ing cen­tre?

Takatuf and Petro­fac jointly in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment of TPO to cre­ate an in­dus­try lead­ing cen­tre. We agreed upon a chal­leng­ing project ex­e­cu­tion time­frame in or­der to achieve our goal of hav­ing our first stu­dent in­take oc­cur in April 2018. Through rig­or­ous plan­ning, our ex­pe­ri­enced team suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered TPO ahead of our sched­uled first in­take of stu­dents.

Why are you par­tic­i­pat­ing at ADIPEC this year?

We will be at­tend­ing the show to en­gage with the in­dus­try about what TPO has to of­fer. As a new start-up busi­ness, we are fea­tured within Petro­fac’s stand this year (Hall 9 Stand 9210) and visi­tors will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence what TPO is all about through a highly in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing an ex­am­ple of how we are us­ing aug­mented re­al­ity train­ing tech­niques at TPO.

What are your growth and de­vel­op­ment plans for 2019?

Our pri­mary fo­cus for 2019 is to in­crease stu­dent ca­pac­ity to over

700 and to in­tro­duce short course pro­grammes to en­hance the skillset of cur­rent in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. We will con­tinue to in­no­vate and in­tro­duce ad­di­tional cour­ses and in­te­grate new tech­nolo­gies where ap­pro­pri­ate.

How does your train­ing pre­pare youth for the re­al­ity of work­ing in this in­dus­try?

All of TPO’S tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grammes pro­vide im­mer­sive 70% hands-on train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which repli­cates work­ing en­vi­ron­ments with strict ad­her­ence to HSE prac­tices, in or­der to pro­vide the most com­pre­hen­sive, true to life train­ing pos­si­ble. Our in­te­gra­tion of elearn­ing and aug­mented re­al­ity tech­nolo­gies al­lows us to en­gage the next gen­er­a­tion whilst train­ing them to be mo­bilised on site in an ex­pe­dited yet safe man­ner.

Why is it im­por­tant for lo­cal youth to re­ceive such train­ing?

We are sup­port­ing the Sul­tanate of Oman’s vi­sion to se­cure a skilled, com­pe­tent and job-ready work­force for the en­ergy in­dus­try. Such train­ing pro­grammes are strate­gi­cally im­por­tant for the eco­nomic fu­ture of GCC coun­tries. Govern­ments in the re­gion are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing pro­grammes to pro­vide the in­dus­try with a pool of skilled young work­ers.

TPO will en­sure that all of its grad­u­ates meet th­ese cri­te­ria and, in do­ing so, TPO will ful­fil its mis­sion in sup­port­ing the fu­ture work­force de­mands of the in­dus­try.

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