YLNG celebrates 134 graduate trainees [Archives:2006/964/Local News]

July 17 2006

SANA'A, July 15 ) The Yemen Liquefied Natural Gas company has celebrated 134 trainees who have completed the first stage of the training process at the company's training center last Wednesday. The training included completing an intensive English course to provide the trainees with the minimum level of English-language understanding necessary to complete the following technical training successfully. The full length of the training program is two years and will cover theoretical as well as practical training in oil and gas technologies, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as several technical disciplines required to operate the company's Belhaf LNG plant.

The training center was set up at a total cost of US$35 million to train 300 technical staff selected after a screening process of over 16000 applications from various parts of the country. The current batch will commence technical training within two weeks while the second batch will commence the first stage of English language training shortly and will include 45 new trainees selected from local communities in Mareb, Shabwa and Al-Jawf governorates.

Mr. Christian Auge, training manager of YLNG, told Yemen Times that the objective of this center, justifying the expense, is to produce qualified Yemeni engineers and technicians to handle important operational tasks within the Belhaf plant, providing them with an opportunity for a hands-on training experience in a YLNG plant abroad and in Belhaf, emphasizing the importance of building human capital and capacity using local talents and trained expertise.