News story

IMIST Online adopted in Sakhalin Island by one of the world’s biggest integrated oil and gas projects

Aberden, UKLearning NewsAtlas

Sakhalin-2 has adopted OPITO IMIST (International Minimum Industry Safety Training) Online; the ground-breaking global training initiative delivered by Atlas for the oil and gas industry. Sakhalin Energy has committed to rolling out IMIST across the Sakhalin-2 project over the next three years; where over 2,000 staff and contractors will complete the online safety training programme.

Developed by global oil and gas training standards body OPITO International and delivered in partnership with Atlas via approved test centres, IMIST brings for the first time a standardised level of basic safety training to an estimated 1.5million oil and gas workers worldwide. The training assesses basic safety knowledge in nine subject areas including risk assessment, asset integrity process safety, the use of hazardous substances, working at height and mechanical lifting among other subjects.

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) is the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project under a Production Sharing Agreement with the Russian Federation. It is committed to being a premier energy supplier, recognised for its operational excellence, reliability and safety.

Richard Evans, HSE General Manager of Sakhalin Energy said; "IMIST fits well with the business principles of Sakhalin Energy to support our operations and the people working within to achieve Goal Zero: No harm to people and no leaks. Our HSE management approach is based on both strict observance of Russian rules and regulations and compliance with international HSE standards. We continue to invest in the safety of our people, to help them avoid risk."

John Rowley, CEO Atlas said; "We are delighted that Sakhalin Energy has adopted IMIST for the Sakhalin-2 project, affirming their commitment to safety. Sakhalin Energy is providing IMIST across the projects partnership organisations, demonstrating the importance to the company of all personnel being trained to a consistent level of safety awareness.

"Now that IMIST is being rolled out across many oil and gas regions, industry is starting to see the benefit of this safety certificate to address the challenge of inconsistency of training across countries and projects, and multiple HSE standards within operating and service companies. With all personnel trained to the same standard in HSE, IMIST helps set a consistent level of safety practice across global operations, he concludes."

Atlas has recently translated IMIST into Russian to support the roll out of this e-learning programme on the Sakhalin-2 project. It can be tailored to meet each region's language needs and is currently available in 11 languages including Arabic; American and UK English, Hindi, Bahasa Malaysian, Bahasa Indonesian, French, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian and Kazak will be available soon.

ENDS (17.05.13)

Notes to Editors:

Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) is the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project under a Production Sharing Agreement with the Russian Federation. Sakhalin Energy is a unique partnership drawing upon global oil and LNG expertise and experience. Under the shareholding structure of Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom holds 50% plus 1 share, Shell 27.5%, Mitsui 12.5% and Mitsubishi 10%.

is the oil and gas industry's focal point for skills, learning and workforce development. Its focus is to deliver initiatives and activities which ensure a competent and safe workforce supply for industry both now and in the future. With over 30 years of experience, OPITO currently operates in 32 countries around the world with offices in Aberdeen, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Houston USA.