Shell Australia has partnered with the Challenger Institute of Technology to develop training programs for the technicians who will operate and maintain the energy giant’s revolutionary Prelude Floating LNG facility.
As part of the 4-year agreement, Shell and Challenger will jointly develop the training programs, which will be rolled out from 2014 as Shell completes the construction and commissioning of the Prelude FLNG facility, to be stationed in the East Browse Basin off WA’s Kimberley coast.
Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) at the Australian Marine Complex will be the home base for the delivery of the programs. Challenger will deliver the training, assessment and assurance of process and maintenance technicians so they will be ready to work on the commissioning and start-up of the Prelude facility.
Prelude FLNG Asset Manager, Jim Marshall comments the establishment of the FLNG specialist training courses in Perth would help cement WA as the world’s leading centre of Floating LNG operations. Challenger’s ACEPT, a world-class facility for vocational training in the FLNG industry will allow Prelude’s technicians to be trained locally.
The agreement will see Challenger deliver training for an expected 200 technicians working in the production, mechanical, instrument-electrical and service areas. The training program will also feature a strong health, safety and environment focus.
Shell has already recruited its first batch of process and maintenance technicians for Prelude’s operations phase. Recruiting will step up over the next 18 months, as Shell builds up its expected workforce of 350 people, which will be complemented by around 650 contractors.
Mr Marshall said Shell would work closely with Challenger to integrate the Institute’s training program with Shell’s internal quality assurance processes.
Challenger Institute CEO Liz Harris said ACEPT as Australia’s leading provider of process manufacturing training was well placed to deliver technical training for Shell’s FLNG operations, having trained 4,000 oil and gas workers since its inception in 2008.