October 27, 2011

PETRONAS Plan to Build The Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KPTC)

KOTA KINABALU: Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) plan to build the Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KPTC) will pave the way for the significant participation by Sabahans in the oil and gas (O&G) sector.

A director of Suria Offshore Hub Sdn Bhd, an investment arm of Sabah Oil and Gas Contractors Association (SOGCA), Bakir Mancaing, said the RM50 million centre would also serve as a catalyst for local manpower development in O&G industry.

“It will definitely provide long-term advantages to the locals as it will create a cascading awareness not only among players in the O&G industry but also other industries.

“A few years back, some local firms tried to set up a similar training centre but were hampered by the huge investment needed,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

Bakir, who is also a committee member of SOGCA and chief executive officer of Bayulink Sdn Bhd, an oil and gas services provider, said Petronas’ initiative was timely and would provide many advantages to Sabahans, in particular the local contractors involved in O&G industry.

He said the centre would also solve the training problems faced by local contractors.

“At the moment, we (local contractors) have no choice but to send our workers for training either in Miri or Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Bakir said safety training, sea survival and fire fighting were important.

“I think Petronas is aware of this and I believe that’s the reason why it embarks on this KPTC project,” he said.

He said the special safety training was a stringent requirement not only for the O&G industry but also good for other industries.

The KPTC, which was expected to be ready in 2013, would provide courses on technical skills and knowledge in O&G industry.

 Source: Bernama

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