A TURNING point for the energy sector was marked yesterday as one of the country’s biggest training organisations re-opened in Aberdeen.

Bosses at Survivex, in Europe’s oil capital, and AIS Training, in Newcastle – part of 3T Energy Group – have put a range of coronavirus safety measures in place, including on-site antibody and temperature checks.

They will also be operating at only 20% of capacity to allow safe re-opening after being in lockdown since March 23.

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The 3T Energy Group trains more than 100,000 personnel every year in energy sector health and safety and best practice.

Trainees come from the onshore and offshore oil and gas, renewables and other industrial sectors.

State-of-the-art video technology and tablet use will be introduced, and safeguards include reconfigured classrooms to enable social distancing, a quarantine area should anyone display Covid-19 symptoms and deep cleaning of facilities, along with additional PPE.

Group CEO Kevin Franklin, said: “We have adapted to the ‘new normal’ by leaving no stone unturned in ensuring our sites are the safest on the market. We have worked day and night since March to adapt to the coronavirus challenge, and we are now ready for the post lockdown training environment.

“We would categorically not be re-opening if we could not provide a safe environment.

“We are the number one training provider for a reason and our dedication to safety on site is second to none – the measures we have put in place are testament to that. These precautions are the new normal.”

Paul Stonebanks, 3T Energy Group’s president, added: “Health and safety training is an essential cog in many industries, but none more so than energy.

Delegates need to be able to continue their development and access refresher training on their skills so that they are ready to go back on to site, whether that’s offshore or onshore.

“Over the past few months, we have been developing new technology that will truly revolutionise training in the energy industry.

“We’ll be rolling that out in due course, but for the time being we’ve included some of this into the training centres to ensure customers receive the very best service in the market.”