Simulator Plant Constructed For Kumul Petroleum Academy
Source: Post Courier
November 14, 2017
BY JEFFREY ELAPA
The simulated safe live processing plant (SLPP) at the Kumul Petroleum Academy at Idubada near Port Moresby would be fully commissioned by the New Year after work started on it this week.
It (SLPP) will be the first to be installed in the region to train oil and gas technicians and operators in PNG.
The SLPP plant or simulator is specifically designed to train and equip young trainees as in a real work place like the processing facilities that are in Hides and Kutubu.
The construction and installation of the processing plant was witnessed by chief secretary and chairman of Kumul Petroleum Academy Isaac Lupari, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk and CEO and managing director of Site Group International Vern Wills yesterday.
The training facility was bought at a total cost of more than K4 million for trainee students to use for their training purpose which is similar to the processing plants at Kutubu and Hides.
So far there are 32 students undertaking the 15 months training of which 16 of them were funded by ExxonMobil while the other 16 trainees were funded by Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited.
Site Group International technical manager, Michael Costelloe said the facility is like a real work situation in which there will be a main control centre to control the processing plant.
He said instead of oil and gas, the facility will use air, water and oil which will be passed through a mixture which will be transported to a oil processor to separate the oil, air and water as in a real processing plant where oil, gas and water is separated.
Mr Costelloe said by having the facility like that will help better train and equip the trainees as they face the real life experience at the work place.
Mr Sonk said the installation of the stimulated safe live processing plant will not only train trainees for the oil and gas projects but other fields also.
The Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neill will commission the facility in February next year.