3t EnerMech, a strategic alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, has launched a world-leading training and competency solution service in Angola, which is the first of its kind in the country.
The alliance, which was founded earlier this year, has also secured an international drilling contractor as its first client to benefit from its new dedicated training facility in the industrial hub of Luanda, Angola.
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.
Januario Nhembo has been appointed as training manager to spearhead delivery at the new premises and brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role. A local Angolan, Mr Nhembo is fully accredited to deliver training and assessment across a range of disciplines including offshore crane operator stage 1-3, banksman slinger and lifting awareness.
Mr Nhembo will deliver courses in the native language of Portuguese, supporting 3t EnerMech’s commitment to upskilling the national workforce in Angola.
The alliance will see 3t EnerMech bring globally recognised, quality assured training capability, along-side fully customisable learning solutions that draw on a range of software and technology tools including simulation, e-learning, VR-learning, R3 spaced-repetition learning and augmented reality.
As part of the new 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 skilled 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 Mr Nhembo and Rudi Schellhorn, Country manager, to grow the current service offering. The team has a combined experience of more than 50 years in the cranes and lifting industry and both Mr Swanson and Mr Filby have held several senior positions within Angola.
Ross McHardy, regional director of Europe and Africa for EnerMech 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.
We have formed an exceptionally strong team who have the knowledge, expertise and track-record to provide best-in-class training to our clients. This collective training and competency solution strengthens our position for future growth and expansion in the region.”
3t EnerMech vice president Andrew Noble said: “Our unique approach to training services allows clients to benefit from blended and fully customisable learning solutions ultimately creating a safer, more effective workforce trained to international standards. We are thrilled that our clients see the value in our services and look forward to supporting a more skilled and competent workforce in the country.”
Launched earlier this year 3t EnerMech, the joint venture combines the expertise of integrated solutions specialist provider EnerMech and 3t Energy Group, which owns leading energy sector training organisations 3t Transform, Drilling Systems, Survivex and AIS Training. The alliance will deliver world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms.
In 2013, EnerMech entered a joint venture agreement with Sonangol Integrated Logistics Services (SONILS), the main supply base logistics arm of Angola’s national oil company Sonangol. The joint venture ‘SoniMech’ established a base in the centre of Angola’s largest commercial port, Port of Luanda and offers the major international operators a streamlined pre-commissioning package including valves, hydraulics, riser repair, cranes and process and pipeline services which had not been previously available.
Formed in April 2008, EnerMech provides specialist integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services to the international energy and infrastructure sectors, from pre-commissioning through operations and maintenance and late-life support/decommissioning.
The business is focused on offering a safer, more customer-focused, responsive service at lower cost, while delivering a much greater level of engineering and technical support than competitors can offer. In December 2018, EnerMech was acquired by The Carlyle Group, the NASDAQ listed global asset manager.
EnerMech specialises in providing integrated supply, operations, maintenance and engineering solutions in its core services of Cranes and Lifting, Electrical and Instrumentation, Equipment Rental, Hydraulic products and services, Industrial Services, Process, Pipeline and Umbilicals (PPU), Maintenance and Integrity Services, Training and Valve supply and services.
The group is headquartered in Aberdeen with bases in Great Yarmouth, Bristol (UK); Stavanger, Houston, Pasadena, Sulphur, Casper, Williston (USA), Guyana, Trinidad, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Singapore; Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Gladstone, Chinchilla (Australia); Malaysia, China, South Korea, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, South Africa and Mozambique.
3T Energy Group:
3t Energy Group was formed in 2018 and is defined by three pillars; technology, training and simulation. It combines the expertise of advanced simulator developer, Drilling Systems, leading training providers, AIS Training and Survivex and virtual reality and software specialist, 3t Transform. The group delivers industry-approved training courses to more than 75,000 people annually, employs more than 300 staff and has sites in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Houston, Dubai and China. In addition to the world-class training and competency management software, e-learning and virtual reality solutions offered by 3t Energy Group, it is also market leader in drilling, well control and crane operations simulators. This includes the latest revolutionary mobile On-The-Rig (OTR) and MultiSIM simulators that drive competence assurance and compliance.