Macaé Training Center: Investing in the Future

For the second time in just five months, Transocean opened a world-class training center, officially celebrating the Macaé Training Center in Brazil with tours, advanced simulator demonstrations and optimism for the future.

Transocean, which counts more than 40 years of experience in offshore drilling in Brazil, moved its former training facilities to the new center in Macaé’s busiest industrial center at an investment of more than USD $11.7 million. Transocean opened the new Kuala Lumpur Training Center in Malaysia last October, and a new training facility in Aberdeen, U.K., is on the drawing board for 2013. The company’s fourth global training center is located in Houston.

Following on the heels of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the coming-out party for the Macaé Training Center impressed everyone on hand.

Jose Luis Penteado, Contracts Manager for Drilling Rigs, Petrobras; Miguel Redusino, Contract Coordinator, Petrobras; and Michel Legrand, Operations General Manager, SAM Division.Ana Zambelli, SAM Division Managing Director; Jose Luis Penteado, Contracts Manager for Drilling Rigs, Petrobras; Carlos Siqueira, General Manager for Drilling Rigs, Petrobras; and David Richardson, Business Development Manager, SAM Division.Speaking about the new Macaé Training Center, Mr. Carlos Siqueira, Petrobras General Manager for Drilling Rigs, told Beacon: “Petrobras also feels proud for the result of this investment, which is in line with efforts necessary to tackle the challenges of our industry in Brazil. The strong growth of our activities has to be supported by the continuous training of people. The nice and functional training facility just inaugurated in Macaé demonstrates that Transocean also shares this view. Congratulations to all who participated in this project.”

Innovation and excellence require training, a key ingredient in Transocean’s ongoing drive to achieve an incident-free workplace and become customers’ trusted partner.

“I look forward to our partnership with our customers benefiting even more, as people hone their skills at the Macaé Training Center,” said Steven Newman, Transocean Ltd. President and CEO, who also attended the opening. “The new center offers the most advanced training equipment and classes, and it reflects our people’s passion and commitment to excellence.”

Constructed in 12 months with zero recordable incidents involving 100 construction workers, the training center has more than adequate space. Students from all over the world will attend more than 200 classes using the center’s seven classrooms, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art simulators for drilling, well control and crane operations, and cafeteria.

And there’s more when it comes to training in Brazil.

“For the first time in Macaé, Transocean personnel can take drilling and crane operations competency assessment classes, D-CAP and C-CAP, using simulators onshore, in addition to offshore assessments,” said Evan McLaughlin, Manager, Training and Development in Brazil. “In addition, we plan to offer training classes to select industry partners, which will further enhance the development and training for the offshore drilling sector in Brazil.”

Fernanda Azevedo, Supervisor of Training at the center, said plans also call for a new cyber-based drilling simulator to go into action in 2013. It will train drillers and assistant drillers who work on the latest generations of offshore drilling rigs.

“We are very proud to help our crews deliver the best offshore drillings services our customers need,” Azevedo said. “Our role is also vital in developing our Brazilian national workforce, a trend we have been advancing for many years.”

Already named as one of the Top 150 Places to Work in Brazil, Transocean also now has a great onshore place to show recruits what offshore drilling is like. That’s one reason the company has its Brazilian recruiting team based in the Macaé Training Center.

“The new training center provides a way to attract people so they know the basic knowledge and skills they need to go offshore,” McLaughlin said. “With this two-fold approach, we are looking forward to using innovation and excellence through training to ensure we keep the lifeblood of our offshore drilling crews strong and steady.”