ghana oil workersPEM Offshore Limited has signed a US$1 million five-year contract (about N160 million), with Chevron Nigeria Limited, to train and promote human capacity development in the Nigerian maritime and petroleum sectors.

A statement signed by the Senior Vice President, Americas/Africa, PEM Offshore, Mr. Philips Matthew, said the company has also entered into a strategic partnership with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB.Under the terms, NCDMB will undertake a 30 per cent partial guarantee of the PEM Offshore Simulation and Innovation Centre with any bank willing to partner with PEM offshore on the project.

He said the five year contract with Chevron is broken down into $200,000 (N32 million) annually, earmarked to train 40 Nigerians on scholarship who would be picked and pre-qualified by the oil major.

He said, “It is a major milestone for us and the only international oil company that has seen our goal and knows that it would better Nigerian. Chevron’s Nigerian Content Development Department has been on top of it and still corresponds with us to see that it pulls through.”Chevron, in a letter announcing the partnership, said the agreement, which will come into effect after the establishment and take-off of the simulation centre, is in furtherance of its commitment to human capacity development of Nigerian seamen.

In the letter signed by E.O Imafidon, Director, Business Services, Chevron said, “Our understanding of the training courses to be offered at the centre, will include the principles of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and the practical uses of DP systems amongst other courses.

“Our plan is to award annual scholarships of about $200,000 (approximately N32 million) over a five year period to Nigerian seamen. The commencement of the scholarship programme is subject to the establishment, accreditation and take-off of the centre.

“Prior to the award of the scholarship, Chevron Nigeria Limited will inspect the training facilities provided at the centre and assess the curriculum to be offered to be sure they meet Chevron’s standard.

“However, nominations for the scholarship will be handled by Chevron and we will review the school and courses annually before the awards are made.”

PEM Offshore had a couple of months ago, signed a multi-million dollar contract with Kongsberg Maritime for the supply of a full suite of Offshore Anchor Handling, Dynamic Positioning, Power Management and Crane Simulation systems.The new simulators will form the main infrastructure for a world-class offshore simulation training centre and the first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa.

The new training centre will be located in Lagos and will serve to support the training of local and foreign offshore personnel involved in offshore oil and gas operations. Matthew said the Simulation Centre has achieved about 60 per cent completion, and targeting March 2014 for the final take-off.He noted that the centre will help reduce by 50 per cent, the cost organisations spend on the training of their personnel abroad.

According to him, organisations spend between N1.2 million and N2 million in the training of their staff abroad. “With the Simulation Centre, organisations will only have to spend about half of that amount on the training of their staff. This is the same training they get overseas,” he explained.