This second part is built on part one, which took place in Maputo earlier this year. The course incorporates both theoretical expertise and practical training in the petroleum industry, with an aim to facilitate the exercise of authority in the industry, in Mozambique.
The Mozambican course participants are in the process of completing a basic safety training course, which is a required course for everyone travelling or working offshore in Norway. This course, taking place in Stavanger, includes practical exercises, such as training in how to exit a helicopter in water, first aid, fleet training in sea and firefighting. The efforts result in valid certificates for the participants that are required to go offshore in Mozambique. In addition to the practical exercises, the Norwegian Environment Agency and Petroleum Safety Authority Norway shared a seminar on the topic of authority role and responsibilities.
A lack of practical experience and familiarity with the equipment used on oil platforms constitutes a challenge for many officials. Without such training, it becomes difficult to perform audits and to understand the safety and environmental risk factors of petroleum installations. The course in Stavanger aimed at bridging this gap, and elevate the importance of environmental protection.
The participants were using a modern simulator to operate important equipment on the drill floor – the same simulator as is used to train the Norwegian offshore staff. Furthermore, the participants got a thorough introduction to well control, and well-control simulator training, to give better understanding of well integrity and what can lead to a blowout.
The instructors of the group were impressed with the participants, and expressed that they have rarely had a more enthusiastic group. When returning to Mozambique, the participants, on behalf of their respective organizations, will conduct courses for their employees and colleagues, to pass on their experiences.