International oil companies invest in Angolan workforce to ensure competency and best practice

International oil companies invest in Angolan workforce to ensure competency and best practices

In March this year, both Sonamet in Lobito, and PAENAL in Porto Amboim invested in professional competency training from TWI Training & Examinations to upskill and to train their employees in Angola; one of Africa's largest oil producing and fastest growing countries.

Sonamet’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art, quality fabrications and survey services to oil and gas companies for both shallow and deep water projects. It is a joint-venture between Sonangol, Subsea 7 and other minority shareholders. Taking a “Made in Angola” approach to its work, Sonamet’s goal is to actively participate in the transfer of technology to Angolan industry. To achieve this, the company encourages the development of local industry and related services and provides stable employment for 1,700 people in the country.

PAENAL , Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais Limitada, is a joint venture between SONANGOL and SBM. The yard provides the working area required to build offshore structures and will allow for the transformation of former Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) to Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels (FPSOs) to support the country’s rapidly developing offshore oil industry.

TWI delivered both the CSWIP 3.0 - Visual Welding Inspector - Level 1 and the CSWIP 3.1 - Welding Inspector - Level 2 to 50 candidates overall, who completed exams at respective levels.

Candidates’ comments included:

“This was the best qualification training that I had… I really learn. Thank you to the trainer. Between 0 and 5 I give him 5” - QC Inspector

“Thank you for the opportunity. I’m a welder supervisor with a lot of years of experience and now I had the opportunity to know the name and the technical reasons of the problems on my daily job” - Welding Supervisor

“The training was highly productive. I really learn.” - QC Inspector

“The main goal was achieved. The opportunity to raise the standards of performance on Angolans technicians and promote and sharing the information between the inspectors and the inspected became will ring in the future a good understanding on the self-control and increase the relation of internal client/supplier philosophy. Mr. Tom Woolhouse made it happen and I believe that TWI has to have pride to have this professional representing them. Thank you.” - Jorge Filipe, QA Coordinator.

For further information on courses in West Africa please contact Tom Woolhouse.