Scottish-based Cresent is delivering the most significant contract in its 30-year history after signing a multi-million pound deal to supply health and safety training products for workers in Iraq’s giant Rumaila oilfield.
Cresent has been awarded the contract by BP Iraq, which is operating the field in a joint venture with PetroChina and the National Iraqi South Oil Company.
The contract involves all facets of Cresent’s business, including consultancy, project management, its control of work software system WorkSafe®, e-learning, and classroom-based learning. Its health and safety training products, which have been translated into Arabic and Mandarin specifically for the contract, are now being delivered to thousands of personnel on site.
The contract also involves Cresent providing train-the trainer sessions to Rumaila staff who can then go on to train others within their organisations in the state-of-the-art packages. This work is being carried out at training centres in Turkey and Jordan.
Some 750 Iraqis are also visiting Edinburgh over a nine-month period to receive training in WorkSafe® Control of Work systems developed by Cresent specifically for BP Iraq. The training packages also give Iraqi personnel an opportunity to see first-hand how a UK asset operates.
Cresent managing director Tracie Watson (pictured) says the scale of the project should not be underestimated. She adds, “We are incredibly proud of this achievement, as this contract is not focused solely on one of our products. We are delivering a contract that involves every single part of the Cresent service offering.
“Cresent has been operationally present in the Middle East for a number of years – sales of our products have been particularly strong in this region – but this is the first time that we have worked in Iraq.