A contract was signed in 2008 between RKK/SOTS and OMNIS on education and training in Drilling and HES, as part of the project "Management of Oil and Gas in Madagascar" to be financed through a cooperation agreement at government level between Norway and Madagascar.
Photo: Richard Reiersen (centre) together with members of staff of OMNIS (“Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Strategiqes”), Madagascar.
In March 2008 RKK and SOTS - Stavanger Offshore Technical College (www.sots.no) - hosted a visit from representatives from the "Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Strategiqes" (OMNIS - www.omnis-madagascar.mg), Madagascar. A representative from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy was also present at the meeting, where the topic of discussion was the training programme in Drilling Technology and HES in connection with the development of petroleum activities on Madagascar.
In association with this, a contract was signed in 2008 between RKK/SOTS and OMNIS on education and training in Drilling and HES, as part of the project "Management of Oil and Gas in Madagascar" to be financed through a cooperation agreement at government level between Norway and Madagascar. Øystein Førsvoll from SOTS will head the project on behalf of RKK/SOTS and the training scheme is scheduled to start in May.
RKK/SOTS has agreed to supply five training modules:
- Basic Drilling, Completion and Working Operations.
- HSE, Crisis Management and Quality Assurance.
- Basic Drilling Technology.
- Casing and Cementing.
- Well Site Geology Operations.
The Drilling course was run in May and June 2008 in the capital city, Antananarivo. The 25 participants on the first week’s course were from different disciplines, while the 15 participants during the last three weeks were engineers. Project manager Øystein Førsvoll and instructor Richard Reiersen were responsible for running the course programme.
Informasjon about Madagascar:
The Republic of Madagascar is an African island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is the fourth largest island in the world and is home to five per cent of the world’s plant and animal species, of which eighty per cent are endemic to the island. Madagascar and Mauritania are distinguished from other countries by having a currency that does not follow the decimal system. Madagascar is the world’s major producer of vanilla. The country has a population of about 20 million. Up to 1960 Madagascar was a French colony. The official languages are French and Malagasy. The currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA).