Fluid transfer engineers Alpha Process Controls (APC) have launched a training division to school workers in the transfer of hazardous liquids, chemicals and gases.
The GT Group company will operate the new division out of its research and development facility in Peterlee, and on customer sites across the world.
Practical training will be offered to engineers for the maintenance of its portfolio of coupling systems — the “breakaway” technology used in linking oil rigs with supply vessels that helps to prevent major oil spillages.
APC will train engineers in the transfer of products such liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.
A team of three experienced and fully-qualified product engineers will deliver the programme, which can also be provided on customer sites anywhere in the world.
Dedicated training rooms have been created at the facility in Peterlee and the training will also take advantage of APC’s specialist in-house coupling test centre.
John Lamb, managing director of Alpha Process Controls, said: “It is essential that engineer training and competency maintains the same pace as the development of technology.
“APC has, through an extensive five-year programme of research and development, developed a family of coupling solutions that meet the safety and productivity challenges of liquid transfer operations and we have developed training programmes that enable engineers to have a comprehensive and practical understanding of their operation and maintenance.”
The firm’s £1m test facility uses a pressurised water system which mimics liquefied natural gas in its transfer between ships. It is used to overhaul, re-test and re-commission units that are already in operation and offers a range of scenarios that APC say are ideal for practical training.
APC designs, manufactures and installs system for an international client base which includes Shell, BP, Exxon and Saudi Aramco.