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A new batch of Qatar Petroleum (QP) engineers completed a 7-week engineering training course conducted by Chiyoda Corporation,at its head office in Yokohama, Japan, in March. The closing ceremony was attended by the senior management of Chiyoda Corporation, led by Shogo Shibuya, President and CEO of Chiyoda Corporation. The training course was preceded by an orientation course at Chiyoda Almana, its group company in Qatar, which regularly co-ordinates programs of similar nature and magnitude. Chiyoda, a leader in hydrocarbon technologies, has an MOU with QP for the provision of training programs for QP and its affiliates like Qatargas and RasGas engineers.

The 7-week program included visits to a LNG Receiving Terminal and vendor workshops, in addition to the daily lectures. The current batch of 7 Qataris, comprised graduates in electrical, chemical, mechanical and civil engineering. Apart from the advanced technical skills and latest technological awareness, the trainees also got a glimpse of Japanese culture, work ethics and business practices that would eventually help build even closer ties between these two nations, in the future.

The topics covered during the course included fundamental and practical lectures of various project engineering fields required for project execution and plant operation for LNG plant. The training course included a visit to Kawagoe power plant and LNG receiving terminal of Chubu Electric Power Co., which is importing LNG from Qatar. The batch was also given an opportunity to explore the workshops of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Co. and Kobe Steel Ltd. and saw the manufacturing lines of steel, UO pipes and machineries. A visit was also arranged to Yokogawa Electric Co., instrument and control system vendor. The participants had the opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of the epoch-making “SPERA” Hydrogen System at the world’s first trial demonstration plant at Chiyoda’s Koyasu Research Center, Yokohama, for large scale Hydrogen supply chain from transportation to storage. They also visited Futarni town where mega – solar power generation system was installed by Chiyoda.

The training courses in engineering at Chiyoda have a 20-year history, imparting advanced training for Qatari engineers, starting way back in 1993. The company has provided various learning opportunities to almost a hundred Qatari engineering graduates in the field of design and engineering techniques for hydrocarbon processing plants. Some of the successful candidates have leveraged on their gained expertise to reach senior management positions and become active contributors to the sector. Besides its association with QP, Chiyoda has also firm ties with its affiliates including Qatargas and RasGas, for training their staff.

The course marked Chiyoda’s ongoing commitment and support to Qatar’s sustainable development and continued prosperity, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Chiyoda is to organize and deliver comprehensive training programs, in collaboration with Chiyoda Almana in Doha, to allow QP and affiliate Qatari graduates to acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed for the future.

Established by Chiyoda in collaboration with a renowned local partner (Almana group) in March 2008, Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC provides full engineering services in Qatar. Chiyoda has executed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) work for 12 of the 14 LNG trains that it has taken up in Qatar, besides other projects. Chiyoda Almana being a local engineering arm of Chiyoda consistently provides comprehensive services for over 100 projects to local clients in the fields of oil, petrochemicals, gas and water treatment facilities, with more than 600 experienced employees of over 20 nationalities.

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