PTDF TRAINS MORE NIGERIANS IN ADVANCED WELDING PROCESSES
Nigeria has taken a step forward towards attaining self-sufficiency in the required manpower for all welding processes for the oil and Gas industry and allied sub-sectors.
This is as a result of the progress made by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund in the creation of the relevant indigenous manpower in welding through its Welders Training and Certification Programme which started in 2009.
Just last week, another milestone was recorded by PTDF with the award of international Institute of Welding Diplomas in advanced and specialized welding processes to 130 Nigerians at the end of a 3 month PTDF sponsored in-country training in high-end welding.
One hundred and thirty (130) Nigerians who successfully completed a three month PTDF sponsored in-country advanced welding training programme have received the international institute of welding Diplomas having scaled through the various high-end welding processes where their competency levels were tested and certified. These include flux core welding, tungsten inert gas welding, metal inert gas welding, metal active gas welding and oxy-acetylene gas welding. The 130 graduates received their international proficiency certificates in advanced welding processes at the Nigeria Institute of Welding Centre of Excellence Training Centre, Benin.
They will now join 19 others who participated in the first phase of the advanced and specialized welding training (Train-the-Trainer programme) at the German institute of welding, Turkey to become the only set of Nigerians with full competence and certification to perform welding activities in that capacity anywhere in the world.
The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau, congratulated the 130 trainee graduates for their outstanding performance on the programme and thus have joined the small but important group of indigenous internationally certified professional welding practitioners in advanced welding processes that are needed to meet the Nigerian Content requirements of ongoing and planned projects in the oil and gas industry …” Most importantly they are part of a positive historic change that is sweeping through the entire country to reposition the nation on the path of technological and economic development”.
The advanced welding skills enables the practitioner to work not only in the oil and gas industry but in other allied industries such as construction, mining, power, and mobile telecommunications. By developing local capacity in the area, PTDF has succeeded in raising a crop of indigenous professionals globally recognized to replace the expensive expatriates currently dominating the welding and fabrication sector of the Nigerian economy.
PTDF Executive Secretary was represented at the occasion by Ms. Jacqueline Guyil, General Manager, Nigerian Content Department of PTDF. According to him, the domination of the oil and gas industry in the past by expatriates due to the shortage of indigenous manpower created capital flight from the export of major engineering, procurement, and construction works, the backbone of the petroleum industry to other technologically developed Countries. “Today, because of PTDF’s capacity-building interventions, Nigerians are seeing a dramatic turn around with many Nigerian trained work-force taking up key jobs and roles in the Oil and Gas Sector”.
From 2009 when PTDF became fully engaged in the training of welders and fabricators under its Welders Training and Certificate programme, the following milestones have been achieved-
- Training of 20 IIW International welding practitioners in South Africa
- Training of 10 IIW International Welding Specialists in South Africa
- Training of 11 underwater welding technicians in France.
- Training of 11 IIW International Welding Engineers in Turkey
- Training of 19 IIW Advanced Welding Specialists in Turkey under a train-the-trainer programme in 5 advanced welding processes.
- Training of 130 Nigerians in-country in advanced welding processes
- Training of over 1200 Nigerians in basic welding processes of Fillet, Plate and Pipe welding, who also received International Welding Certification.
PTDF in addition facilitated the establishment and strengthening of 20 welding and fabrication training centers across the six geo-political zones, all of which have been internationally certified and recognized as authorized training bodies for welding. Before PTDF intervention, only two training centers had the competence to train welders to International Institute of Welding standards.
The Nigerian Institute of Welding is the body responsible for the regulation of Professional welding activities in Nigeria. The President, Dr Solomon Edebiri, said the advanced welding training programme became necessary to qualify Nigerian welders in more industrially relevant processes required by the complex oil and gas industry. He thanked PTDF for its sustained commitment to welding capacity development in Nigeria which has recorded many achievements particularly in upscaling the skills of trained welders through the advanced welding program “It will be necessary to place on record that in as much as there may be persons assumed to be competent in the application of any of these welding processes under this scheme, but there has been no one person competent in multi processes with international certification such as IIW. These trainees who are fortunate beneficiaries of PTDF capacity building initiative, will today receive their international certificate for competency in various processes in welding”.
Dr. Edebiri enumerated areas in which the acquired competencies from the advanced and specialized welding training programmed can be deployed. These include gas infrastructure such as the industrial gas park in Bayelsa State and the Badagry gas plant; Civil Constructions
such as third and fourth mainland bridges; High rise buildings, Offshore construction such as the Bonga Southwest and Egina projects requiring platforms, piles, etc.; Maritime infrastructure such as passengers and cargo ship building, Boats, Barges, and Ferry construction and building; and in Pipelines such as the Trans Sahara gas pipeline project. “I therefore urge our lucky beneficiaries to be vigilant and attentive to opportunities in the areas so as to get involved in the various operations. Through the NCDMB, we shall continue to make efforts to reach out to potential employers to engage your services.”
The 130 graduates of PTDF sponsored Advanced and Specialized Welding Training Programme received hands on training in eight training centers upgraded by PTDF.They include the fabrication training center Lagos,Daulphin Training Centre,Port-harcourt,Inspection and Test Limited Port-Harcourt, Izisco Obis Institute of Maritime Studies,Warri,Mudiame Training Centre,Port-Harcourt,Federal University of Technology Training Centre,Minna,Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Training Centre,Bauchi,and the Nigerian Institute of Welding Centre of Excellence Training Centre, Benin.
PTDF initiated the Welders Training and Certification Programme to bridge identified deficiencies in the industry, develop capacities for anticipated projects in the industry and reduce capital flight as a result of expatriate domination of the high-end welding sector in Nigeria. The ultimate objective is to ensure complete domiciliation of welding activities in-country as contemplated by the Nigerian Local Content Act.