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New LNG training group developed

Editorial

Two of Australia's leading training organisations have come together to provide specialist training services for the country's rapidly growing oil and gas industry.

The merger between Perth-based Wild Geese International and Brisbane-based Site Group brings together Site's broad course programs and training infrastructure, and Wild Geese's specialist oil and gas capability and customer networks in Australia.

According to Wild Geese director Trish Hawkey, the combined group would provide a comprehensive training service to the oil and gas sector.

Observing that Australia currently has eight LNG trains with an additional 13 to be added in the near future, she explains that all these projects will need trained and skilled people and the systems to support them. This provides a rare opportunity to create a company that can provide an integrated training solution.

Wild Geese has been operating for 13 years and is well established in the Western Australian oil and gas industry, where it provides accredited courses in areas such as hydrocarbon process plant operations and additional emergency management units. The company also offers non-accredited training on Introduction to LNG and Introduction to Marine Operations.

Wild Geese provides their training services to major clients such as Chevron, where they are delivering technical training for operators at Wheatstone and technical competency assessments for operators at Gorgon. The company is also working with Inpex, which is developing the $30 billion Ichthys project off the Kimberley Coast.

Involved in the training of hundreds of people each year, Wild Geese plans to grow that number with additional projects such as Shell's Prelude and Woodside's Browse. The merger with Site Group will provide them with access to excellent training infrastructure.

Site's live process plant training capability comprising of various separation vessels and filtration facilities that provide a real world training environment, is a major drawcard for Wild Geese. Site is planning further live process plant facilities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Ms Hawkey said that access to live oil and gas process plant facilities for use in training will significantly enhance their course capabilities with major application in WA.

Site also offers a variety of training programs in Perth to complement Wild Geese's suite, including high risk courses, gas transmission and distribution, hazardous area courses, process plant operations and various safety programs.

Site Group Chief Operating Officer Blake Wills said the merger would provide a vastly strengthened platform for growth.

Site previously had strong oil and gas networks in South East Asia through their Malaysian based Site Group International Energy Division and a live process plant facility in Myanmar. Site also had a broad suite of training programs on offer in Perth through the Site Skills Training Energy Division. However, they lacked oil and gas customer networks in Australia.

The merger will help Site address the requirements of the oil and gas sector with Wild Geese’s strengths in this industry in Australia.

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