By Daniel Alfred
The RusselSmith Group, an asset integrity and management service company, has committed itselfÂ to the social and economic development of its local community and the training of young Nigerians for the provision of pipeline and production facility and maintenance services to the global oil and gas industries.
This is following the mandate to boost the Nigerian local content with its foreign technical alliance with an extensive training program to enhance the performance, ability and knowledge of its staff in order to adhere to global health, safety and equipment standards.
Mr Harry Macdonald, the companies operational manger said this in an interaction with Vanguard energy reporter, during the just conclude Nigerian Oil and Gas technology conference held last week in Lagos.
According to him, he saidÂ the company has continued to train its Nigerian employees to ensure they can replace the expatriate staff usually provided by its technical partners as per the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporationâ€™s (NNPC) guideline and directives regarding Nigerian contentâ€.
â€œTo aid local training, the technical skills of Nigerian are constantly being enhanced by regular local and offshore training programs in order to make them multi_disciplined in various areas of expertise such as the none destructive text inspection, Liquid penetration inspection, magnetic particles inspection, Radiographic test inspection, ultrasonic test inspection, special ultrasonic test inspection, Inspection gathering and analysis and inspection data reporting among others.â€ he said.
On that note, he further opined that Russlesmith in collaboration with its technical partner Remote access technology has designed an offshore training program to ensure current global rope access techniques and exposure for each of our Nigerian for two months offshore training in Canada on a rotational basis and enhancing the technical skill of our rope access technicians to ensure a smooth transition of roles and responsibilities when they become qualified rope access level three supervisors.
â€œAs an indigenous company providing these services, we have made available the emergence equipment, personnel mobilisation and local equipment and personnel availability with a multi_disciplined composite team as project asset managers, mechanical Engineers (API 510,579, 580/581), corrosion and material engineers (NACE), Naval Architects, decision support (LEATS, VISION, ACET), certified NDT technicians (API 510, 570, 653, CGSB, CWB, CSWIP), training lifting equipment technicians (LEEA/EVITA) and electricians (EX Certified).â€ he stated.