Petrofac Training Services has reopened its Montrose fire and emergency response training facility in Scotland, following a £1.5m investment for upgrades.

The 16-acre oil and gas training centre will provide trainees with realistic fire training and will include nine training modules, three helidecks, and vast practical fire grounds to ensure that they are prepared for a wide range of emergency response scenarios.

The facility was made greener, using natural gas and adding new fire pumps and an electric support vehicle to replace its diesel predecessor.

Petrofac’s Montrose centre offers a range of 30 public courses, as well as designing company specific training. It offers 24 classrooms where trainees can be briefed and debriefed using interactive training software.

Trade group Oil & Gas UK chief executive Malcolm Webb said that investment in the facility highlights the company’s commitment to developing the skills of the industry’s workforce using new interactive technology to enhance the effectiveness of safety training.

"I applaud this far-sighted investment in the future of the UK offshore oil and gas industry and the safety of the people who work in it," Webb added.

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Petrofac Training Services regional director Gordon Caird said: "Since our Montrose Fire and Emergency Training Centre first opened its doors in 1978, it has played a pivotal role in setting standards and delivering world-class training and assessment to more than 350,000 delegates from across the globe."

Image: Petrofac’s Montrose training centre will provide trainees with realistic fire training. Photo: courtesy of Petrofac Training.