Training for new positions on the Projeto Embarcar

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Resolving a shortage of specifically skilled oil field workers for offshore operations

Client: Odebrecht Oil & Gas

Client background
For more than 35 years, Odebrecht Group has led the pace of development in the oil and gas sector within Brazil. In 1979, through Odebrecht Perfurações Ltda., it became the first private Brazilian company to offer offshore well drilling services to Petrobras. It was also a pioneer in the operation of a semisubmersible rig at a water depth of 1,000 meters.

Odebrecht Oil & Gas strives to innovate and serve its customers with progressive solutions. It does this by adding value to their business with new areas of expertise and by offering complete solutions to the upstream oil industry.

Project scope
Odebrecht has been operating in the upstream sector for decades, serving its customers in Brazil and abroad. When the company decided it was ready to embrace new challenges in deep waters, including the presalt, it realized the need for new, specialized expertise.

With a general lack of experienced oil field workers in Brazil, Odebrecht started a program named Projeto Embarcar to train and develop new oil field workers. Developing professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the oil field would supply Odebrecht with a sufficient workforce for its offshore operations for years to come.

How Lloyd’s Register Energy helped
In order to maintain its growth in deep water drilling and production, Odebrecht needed to develop offshore professionals skilled in electrical, mechanical and subsea disciplines. Upon recognizing its needs for workers skilled in offshore operations, Odebrecht contacted Lloyd’s Register Energy. To begin resolving the lack of specialized skills, we checked the client needs and compared them to the type of training we offer which would best assist them. Based on our findings, we offered the Rig Mechanical Program, Advanced Rig Mechanical Program, Rig Electrical Program, Advanced Rig Electrical Program, Rig Inspection Workshop for Floating Rigs and Subsea Engineer Program.

Process followed

  • Kick-off meeting to understand the client’s requirements
  • Office-based information gathering and analysis
  • Course scheduling with trainers. The schedule was created to match our trainer’s availability to Odebrecht’s schedule. For this project, three trainers were required:
    • 1 mechanical
    • 1 electrical
    • 1 subsea
  • Course delivery
    • Rig Electrical Program – 5 modules (Jan 14th to Nov 8th 2013)
    • Rig Mechanical Program – 5 modules (Jan 16th 2013 to Feb 21st 2014)
    • Subsea Engineer Program – 4 modules (From April 1st to Dec 7th 2013)
  • Results compilation and analysis
  • Reporting and close-out discussions

Course format
We delivered courses at a variety of levels for the electrical, mechanical and subsea trainees. To better fulfil the needs of Odebrecht, we delivered three different training programs. We covered the Rig Electrical Programme (REP) – starting with the basic information REP on module I, intermediate REP on modules II and III and advanced AREP on modules IV and V, with assignments made between modules. We delivered the Rig Mechanic Program in the same five module format as the Electrical Program. Due to Odebrecht’s requirements, we delivered the Subsea Engineer Program in four modules with assignments.

Time frame
We received the email from Odebrecht on April, 2012 requesting our training information. After meetings between, our Rio office, trainers and Odebrecht, we were able to identify and fulfill their training needs. By the end of November, 2012, the courses were developed, scheduled and confirmed. Due to the immediate need for offshore personnel, this was a very time-sensitive project. Deploying multiple teams, we completed the entire training project in 14 months.

The increased breadth and depth in offshore oil and gas knowledge possessed by the trainees was noticed not only by their crew but by the rig managers and superintendents. Lloyd’s Register Energy received compliments from Odebrecht’s training and development director for the quality of our courses and the expertise of our trainers.

Benefitting the industry
It is well known that every drilling company loses a lot of money each day due to downtime. In many cases, the downtime is caused by poor usage or maintenance of the drilling equipment. We enabled Odebrecht to develop an offshore workforce equipped with the knowledge and tools to reduce downtime and increase safety. Sharing our expertise and experience, we ensured the new trainees will work with safety, knowledge and understanding of their positions and the drilling industry. Every year, we train thousands of oil and gas workers to keep them up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices in drilling. Oil and gas companies and the industry as a whole benefit from our training programs helping employees become safer and more valuable to their organizations.