The commercial diver and ROV training facility, based in the Scottish Highlands and Australia, has secured its biggest ever contract – worth US$1.3million – to train Russian saturation divers. The award cements its reputation as a major service provider for the growing worldwide oil and gas industry.
The Underwater Centre, which has facilities in Fort William and Tasmania, was awarded the contract to train 17 divers by MRTS, one of Russia’s largest construction contractors in the fuel and energy industry. They spent a total of nine weeks at The Underwater Centre’s Beauty Point facility in Tasmania, where they undertook a variety of courses, all of which were taught in Russian.
Due to increasing consumption of oil and gas in the Asia-Pacific region, the inflow of capital into the Russian oil and gas industry is expected to increase, along with the volume of exploration work. This training is part of the investment MRTS is making to ensure they are well placed to take advantage of the increased demand that will result. It is intended to help them reach the level of safety and competency that is expected from international diving operations.