130 NIGERIANS TRAINED BY PTDF IN ADVANCED AND SPECIALISED WELDING PROCESSES RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WELDING CERTIFICATION
130 Nigerians participated in a four month PTDF sponsored advanced and specialized Welders Training and Certification programme to acquire proficiency in five high-end welding processes of Flux Core, Tungsten inert, gas welding, metal inert gas welding, metal active gas welding and Oxy-Acetylene gas welding.
This set of PTDF trained Nigerian welders will receive the International Institute of Welding Diploma Certificate from the Nigerian Institute of Welding, the body responsible for the regulation of professional welding activities in Nigeria, on the 27th of October,2016, at the institutes head office in Benin, Edo State.
The 130 Nigerians will be joining 19 others who had earlier qualified and received the International Institute of Welding Certification in the five advanced and specialized processes to become the only set of Nigerians with full competence and certification to perform welding activities in that capacity.
A study by the Nigerian institute of welding revealed that before these trainings by PTDF, no indigenous welder practicing in Nigeria had formal training and expertise in the five core areas of advanced welding.
Opportunities for specialized welders in Nigeria are limitless when considered against many on-going and planned development projects in the oil and gas industry. These include the construction of the multi-country trans-Saharan gas pipeline project, the industrial gas park in Bayelsa, the Badagry Gas plant infrastructure project in Lagos, the offshore construction in Bonga West, the building of floating production storage and offloading vessels and the construction of oil platforms and cargo ships among others.
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 the complete domiciliation of welding activities in-country as contemplated by the Nigerian Local Content Act.
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