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Press Release

OPAL (OMAN SOCIETY FOR PETROLEUM SERVICES) FACILITATES THE DONATION BY SUSTAINABLE PIPELINE SYSTEMS AND WELDABILITY-SIF OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR WELDER TRAINING TO OMAN VOCATIONAL COLLEGE

As part of OPAL’s Local Workforce Development Project with the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Ministry of Manpower they have facilitated a joint donation from SUSTAINABLE PIPELINE SYSTEMS and WELDABILITY-SIF UK of advanced virtual reality technology to assist with the training of new generations of welders in Oman. This donation will be integrated in to the New OPAL Apprenticeship programs being delivered at Seeb Vocational College.

Engineer Harib Al Qalam, Director General for Vocational Training said; “Once again this is proof of a successful partnership between the Ministry and the private sector, and I am looking forward to more initiatives like this.”

Musallam Al Mandhry , CEO of OPAL said; ” This donation will greatly enhance the delivery of the OPAL welding and fabrication Apprenticeship program and elevates the use of technology in training to a new level ”

Andrew Stevenson , Chairman of SUSTAINABLE PIPELINE SYSTEMS said; We are very pleased to be in a position to make this donation. We are incorporating a number of new technologies into our advanced pipeline construction platform. Our technology partners Weldability, presented their virtual reality welder training suite at our 2018 pipeline industry seminar in Muscat on January 10th and it met with a very good reception.

Adrian Hawkins, Chairman of Weldability said ”We are pleased to have the Vocational College as our first reference site, in the Middle East. Our world class “VirtuWeld” virtual reality trainer for welders, will accelerate the speed of learning alongside our unique E-learning suite, which provides higher pass marks and success rates as a result”

Hamish Cowell, British Ambassador to Oman said “The UK has long established good relations with Oman and the UK Government invests very substantially in programs of research and development . In the present climate it is good to see this initiative.”