ABERDEEN, UK – China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has become the country’s first organization certified to staff to OPITO safety standards.
The CNOOC Safety & Technology Services safety training facility achieved the internationally recognized approval this summer, and expects to certify over 1,000 personnel within the first 12 months.
CNOOC has operations in the South China Sea and assets in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania and Europe.
The training center and its satellite facilities are based in the city of Tianjin where up to 40,000 CNOOC personnel are located. It secured OPITO approval after fulfilling the criteria stipulated over a nine-month period.
The company will be able to train personnel on the safety issues and regimes relevant to offshore installations and equip them with basic emergency response knowledge and skills for travelling offshore by helicopter.
The offshore survival approval includes: the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training with Emergency Breathing System (EBS); Helicopter Underwater Emergency Training (HUET) with EBS; and the refresher course, Further Offshore Emergency Training with EBS.
CNOOC Safety & Training Services also gained approval to provide Basic H2S Training on hazards and gas, and appropriate emergency response actions should an incident arise.