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 up skill 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 pro-activity 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.”