Oil and gas giant Shell have teamed up with the Challenger Institute of Technology to develop a world first FLNG specialist training facility in Perth.
The four year agreement will see Challenger deliver training for an expected 200 technicians working in the production, mechanical, instrument-electrical and service areas.
The training programs will be rolled out from 2014 as Shell completes the construction and commissioning of its $12 billion Prelude FLNG facility.
Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) at the Australian Marine Complex will be the home of the new training programs.
Prelude FLNG Asset Manager, Jim Marshall, said the development of the training centre meant Western Australia could further cement its reputation as the world’s leading centre of FLNG operations.
“We are pleased that through Prelude we have the opportunity to train our people locally, where our Prelude operations team will be based,” Marshall said.
Marshall said Shell would work closely with Challenger to integrate the Institute’s training program with Shell’s internal quality assurance processes.
“It is an exciting and unique opportunity to build and deliver the training program in conjunction with our first floating facility,” he said.
“Challenger’s role in providing training for our process and maintenance technicians will be fundamental to the success of Prelude.”
Earlier this year Shell’s commercial manager East Browse, Ian Grose, said the training consortium was “very important because of the hot labour market”.
“We cannot be expecting all the experienced staff we need, so we need to have the capability to train them and address any competency gaps that could be there," Grose said.
Shell have always touted their intention to recruit locally for the Prelude project.
Shell Australia general manager, Steven Phimister, said the company was committed to hiring on an Australian-first principal.
The company said there would about 350 people working on Prelude by 2017 and 650 indirect jobs.