Ashtead Technology has launched a subsea training academy following a near-£500,000 investment.
The Ashtead Subsea Technology Training Academy (ASTTA) at Westhill will train delegates from around the world in the configuration, operation and maintenance of increasingly sophisticated equipment required in more complex subsea oil and gas projects in deeper waters and hostile locations around the world.
The academy will be led by Steve Cullen who has joined the company in the newly created position of training manager. Formerly with Subsea 7, Mr Cullen is an electrical and electronic engineer with over 20 years offshore experience.
Tim Sheehan, commercial director of Ashtead Technology, said: “As the subsea industry continues to grow and leading-edge technology evolves to deliver systems to meet more complex challenges in deeper waters, subsea survey, construction and maintenance companies must have the skills and competency to ensure these systems are properly configured, operated and maintained.
“Ashtead is well positioned and resourced to fill the gap in the market for high quality training that will meet the skills and competences required.
“Today’s launch is the result of considerable investment in the best facilities, trainers and training materials by Ashtead Technology.”
Courses available at the purpose-built training facilities will cover the basics to more complex functioning of offshore survey equipment, acoustic positioning and motion sensing systems, hydrographic and geophysical survey equipment, cable and pipe detection and tracking systems and ROV sensors and multiplexors.
In addition to regular standard courses, Ashtead Technology is able to design tailor-made courses to meet specific needs of individual customers.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, welcomed the investment in the academy.
He said: “This will make a significant contribution to our industry. The UK has long been regarded as the centre of excellence for the subsea sector and people are a key part of that success. The Ashtead Training Academy will have a truly international reach and I am confident that it will further bolster our industry’s capabilities leading to a highly competent workforce which remains the global standard.”
In a pilot scheme prior to launch, the academy has already delivered several courses to a number of subsea companies, including a three-day acoustics course and a one-day introduction to offshore survey equipment course. Donald Campbell, senior survey support engineer at Subsea 7 said: “We have been pleased to support Ashtead technology in the development of this ground-breaking training academy. Our delegates have been more than satisfied with the professionalism and knowledge of the training team. Also the level of training delivered has met our needs and that of our staff comfortably.”
Equipment rental firm Ashtead Technology employs 90 people in Aberdeen, London, Houston and Singapore with agents in Abu Dhabi and Perth (Australia)
In 2008, London-based private-equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners backed a management buyout of Ashtead Technology from equipment-hire company Ashtead Group for £95.6million.
Aberdeen-headquartered company, Ashtead Technology, has invested almost £500,000 in its subsea technology training academy which will attract delegates from around the world.