Atlas Knowledge secures TAP contract

Technology leader Atlas Knowledge has secured the contract to deliver safety training for workers on the high-profile Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG project.

The deal will see a total of 11 courses delivered to almost 300 onshore personnel working on the planned construction of a pipeline to bring natural gas across Greece, Albania and Italy through the complex Southern Gas Corridor.

The training, a mix of existing and fully customised courses, will include fire safety, manual handling, trip, slip and fall awareness and safe driving. Each will be delivered in line with in-country regulations and legislation.

This is the first contract with a pipeline company that Aberdeen-headquartered Atlas Knowledge has secured. The company was selected for the contract due to its expertise in the global oil and gas industry which sees it train more than 450,000 people in over 30 countries across 20 languages every year. The initial contract will run until 2017.

Kevin Short, Atlas Knowledge’s commercial director, said: “This is a dynamic project with an important new client and it will allow us to bring the expertise we have honed in the offshore oil and gas sector over the past 20 years into a new arena.

“Atlas is committed to improving safety and competency standards on oil and gas projects around the world and the contract award recognizes our ability to deliver quality and reliability as well as our capability to offer our customers a wide range of customized training packages and deploy them around the world.”

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.