Restrata partners with Agility to provide training to oil and gas employees in Iraq


Consultancy and training services provider Restrata has partnered with Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq.

The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety in oil and gas industry operations.

These international standard training courses are accredited and also provide transportation, catering and security services.

The one million square metre REP is a fully serviced industrial park developed by Agility Real Estate. It includes warehouse facilities, workshops, lay-down yards, offices and life support camps.

The REP location is ideal to serve major oil fields that include Rumaila North / South, West Qurna, and Zubair.

It also serves as a secure transit hub to central Iraq.

Agility GIL Iraq CEO Colin Hindley said: “It’s vital that companies working in Iraq and throughout the Middle East continue to focus on training, ensuring that safety and quality standards are met and workers remain safe. Restrata understands the importance of providing relevant training in difficult operating environments.”

Restrata recently merged with its sister company, Stirling Group.

"We aim to build our clients’ resilience through effective and cost efficient management of their safety and security risks and all of our training programmes reflect this."

Restrata offers numerous HSSE training packages to clients globally and has had experience of operating in the Middle East for more than 25 years.

This company stated that it has experience in developing, deploying and providing the arrangements required by organisations to manage health and safety relating to oil and gas effectively.

Restrata workforce development vice president Will Follett said: “International oil companies (IOCs) are required to meet targets for the number of local workers they employ and it is imperative that, even in the face of the low oil price environment, they are trained to the highest standards.

“Working alongside Agility, we are offering courses in a location that is convenient to the majority of workers looking to develop their skills and gain industry recognised accreditation.

“We aim to build our clients’ resilience through effective and cost efficient management of their safety and security risks and all of our training programmes reflect this.

"Our training programmes can be tailored to meet the individual requirements of a company, following support with the full risk evaluation, and courses cover both preventative and reactive skills in order to fully prepare them for working in hazardous conditions.”

In Iraq, Restrata is involved in numerous projects. It has provided firefighter training for Gazprom at Badra Field, HSE training for Lukoil at West Qurna 2, English language and soft-skills training for Petrochina at Halfiya, and security training on behalf of BP (ROO) for the Oil Field Protection Force at Rumalia.