Transocean has officially opened a 32,000-sq-ft training center and offices in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, close to the Petronas Towers. The company’s Far East and Australia (FEA) Division is housed in the new offices, led by managing director Kaustubh Dighe. The training center supports Transocean’s personnel worldwide, including the FEA Division, which has 17 contracted rigs in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and Brunei.
The new facility will provide training for 1,200 Transocean personnel a year, with more than 20 types of courses. Crews for the company’s six newbuild rigs under construction in South Korea and Singapore – two ultra-deepwater drillships and four high-specification jackups – will have the opportunity to receive training at the new center.
Using seven classrooms and three simulators with observation rooms and video-taping facilities, instructors make notes on students’ progress in a virtual working environment. Simulation equipment includes a crane simulator, conventional drilling simulator and well-control simulator, with two cyber-chair drilling simulators planned for next year.
The Kuala Lumpur Training Center is one of Transocean’s four global training centers. The other three are in Aberdeen, Houston and Macae, Brazil.
The training center and offices were opened by Dato’ Wee Yiaw Hin, executive VP, exploration and production, of Petronas, and Steven Newman, president and CEO of Transocean.
“It’s vital that we continue to deliver efficient and effective solutions to our customers’ drilling needs, and our offices and training center support this goal by developing our people to be the best they can be,” Mr Newman said.