Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd saw its most senior participant, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry, successfully complete the Infrequent Offshore Traveler Training course with the company on Saturday, 19 January 2019.
The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) conducts regular offshore site visits in order to oversee the state of operations in oil and gas production. Offshore training is a mainstay of the oil and gas sector for all personnel seeking to travel to offshore sites, in order to ensure that personnel are mentally and physically fit, and equipped to navigate the challenges of the offshore environment.
Obtaining the required offshore training certification is compulsory to ensure the safety and wellbeing of personnel. This includes all MEMI staff travelling offshore, executive management of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and all other parties. The MEMI management too are not exempt from this rule. In addition to the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry, the course has also been successfully completed by Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry; Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy); Yang Mulia Awang Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim, Permanent Secretary (Manpower); Yang Mulia Pg Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pg Haji Ali Hassan, Permanent Secretary (Industry); and Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) to date.
Megamas is a safety training provider, whose range of training courses encompass offshore training in accordance with the UK Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) standards, including Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET). Megamas was recognised as an OPITO-approved training and assessment centre in March 2000. The training course highlights include, among others, boat transfer training, offshore survival techniques, and the helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) simulations.
This serves as an example of business service supporting the oil and gas sector, and the potential economic spin-off derived from core industrial activities - which in this case, is oil and gas production. At present, the company employs 85 locals out of its 92-strong workforce (92% locals). MEMI encourages the growth of new businesses by local entrepreneurs who can support the community through local employment.
A participant taking the leap during boat transfer training
The helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) simulates an emergency scenario with workers trapped in a helicopter ditching offshore. Participants are required to demonstrate competence in escaping a helicopter plunged underwater