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Angola: Training opportunities in oil and gas sector expanding

3t Enermech has secured an international drilling contractor as its first client to benefit from its new, dedicated training facility in Luanda, Angola.

Januario Nhembo has been appointed as the training manager to spearhead delivery at the new premises, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the role. Fully accredited to deliver training and assessment across a range of disciplines including offshore crane operator stage 1-3, banksman slinger and lifting awareness, he delivers courses in Portuguese.

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A strategic alliance founded earlier this year between 3t Energy Group and Enermech, 3t Enermech launched the training and competency solution service in Angola. Now, launched in partnership with EnerMech’s local entity SoniMech, 3t EnerMech will provide lifting operations training and competence services, with plans already in place to extend this to cover the full 3t EnerMech portfolio in the coming months.

In-person or digital oil and gas training

As part of the new oil and gas training contract, which is already in progress, a robust offshore lifting training and assessment programme will be delivered at the Kizomba deepwater development, which lies in block 15 off Angola.

This will include reviewing all relevant competencies for the global contractor’s crane operators with the programme being delivered by 3t EnerMech’s personnel.

The new enhanced facility at the centre of Angola’s largest port comprises classrooms, an on-site simulator and a practical facility for banksman slinger and rigger courses. The company also has the capabilities to deliver remote training to clients’ operations globally.

EnerMech’s recently appointed head of cranes and lifting for Africa, Steve Swanson, operations manager Sean Filby and office manager Eugenia Calunga, will work closely with Nhembo and country manager Rudi Schellhorn to grow the current service offering.  

Ross McHardy, Enermech regional director of Europe and Africa, said: “When we established 3t EnerMech, our core objective for the alliance was to work closely with regional clients to develop and upskill their local personnel. Being able to deliver this just a few months later in Angola is a key milestone for the business and testament to the dedication and proactivity of our combined forces.”

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith is a Content Specialist for ESI Africa.