Feature within Oil and Gas Asia magazine

Site Group International Limited (Site) was recently featured within the Oil and Gas Asia magazine, the leading resource journal in the Asia Pacific.

The article details the agreement between Site and Granite Services International (an affiliate of GE Power) for the delivery of training and assessment services at Site’s facility in Clark, Philippines.

“SITE GROUP International has signed a Training Services Agreement with Granite Services International, an affiliate of GE Power, with training commencing in January earlier this year.

Speaking with Oil & Gas Asia, Site Group managing director Vernon Wills said that despite the current period of depressed commodity prices, training continues to play a vital role, with an increased focus on specific high level skills required by industry.

The agreement is for the continuation of training and assessment services at Site’s facility in Clark, Philippines

This is designed to develop Granite’s in-region specialist workforce around maintenance of heavy duty rotating equipment in power generation and other industrial applications.

Mr Wills said the training involves the delivery of technical programs in support of Granite personnel to be competent to perform essential duties.

“This includes theoretical knowledge and technical skills for mechanical work, safe handling, use and operation of power tools, flange integrity, gaskets, bolted connections, welding, examination and reparation works,” he said.

Mr Wills said given the ongoing low commodity price environment, this training is essential to the success of businesses in the resources sector.

“The competence and capability of country nationals is essential in enhancing productivity, lowering expat-labour costs, and minimising or eliminating lost-work-time incidents and project downtimes, all of which result in a lower operating costs for projects, contractors and suppliers.”

“This training becomes even more essential in a low-price environment as project owners, contractors and suppliers all look for ways to achieve cost efficiencies through operations, with supply and competency of a skilled workforce well recognised among industry as a way to reduce project costs and enhance feasibility.”

Mr Wills said from a training perspective, while industry focus has always been about competency and supply of skilled labour, the emphasis is now on how these factors can result in operating cost reductions over the mid to long term.

Granite general manager for Asia Ted Toth said the agreement confirms the company’s commitment to its employees and customers.

development are part of our core belief that everyone benefits when a passionate work force receives the best available training, especially with equipment as critical as that which we work on” Mr Toth said.

“Using Site Skills Training enables us to validate that the training programs are being learned, remembered and are relevant to developing our workforce’s competencies in safety, productivity and innovation.”

“The passion Granite has for the continuous improvement of its workforce and customer service aligns very closely with Site’s objective of workforce nationalisation and competency focussed training aligned directly to the needs of industry,” Mr Wills said.

“Leaders like Granite are the perfect industry example of utilising real environments in striving for best practice delivery for its customers.”

“The highly skilled capability required around critical equipment such as turbines and rotational motors is well suited to delivery at a specialised training precinct like Site’s Clark facility.”

Mr Wills said the Clark facility was established to meet industry requirements as a training hub for the Asia Pacific region and continues to develop significant workforce nationalisation programs on behalf of industry operating within the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, PNG, Malaysia and other Asia Pacific nations.”

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BRW Fast 100, 2015

Site Group International has been named as one of the fastest growing companies in Australia for the second year in succession.

BRW Magazine’s list of Australia’s 100 fastest growing companies featured Site at number 11, reporting revenue growth of 136% in 2015, to $40.74 million.

Now in its 26th year, BRW’s Fast 100 ranks entrants’ revenue growth based on auditor-verified data from the previous four financial years.

Site Managing Director Vern Wills said the rapid growth of the company demonstrated the success of its carefully targeted growth strategy, as well as the favourable conditions prevailing in its key markets.

“Our business is doing very well and we see the trend continuing for the foreseeable future,” he said.

“This is the second year in a row that we have been listed in the Fast 100, and this accolade is a real tribute to our highly qualified and professional staff, who can take pride in our excellent performance and high levels of customer service.”

Site has continued to grow in 2015, completing the acquisition of Wild Geese International and Innovium, as well as achieving substantial organic growth.

“We are very pleased with the integration of Wild Geese and Innovium into Site Group and expect the benefits to grow over the next 12 months,” Mr Wills said.

Other substantial achievements for the group include opening the Underground Mine Environment in the Philippines and winning a major contract to construct a Live Process Plant training facility in PNG.

“We see great opportunities for continued growth and we need to make sure we maintain our momentum while simultaneously managing that growth carefully, so we preserve our high standards of customer service and delivery,” he said.

Site reported revenues of $40.7 million for the 12 months to June 2015, and earnings before interest, tax depreciation and amortisation of $4 million.
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Training process plant to be built in PNG as Site continues expansion

TRAINING organisation Site Group will build a live oil and gas process plant facility in Papua New Guinea for training purposes.

Site said the US$4 million oil and gas training safe live process plant, to be built in Port Moresby, would be the first of its kind for the country.

When completed, in roughly eight months, the plant would boast live process systems, a centralised control room, emergency protection systems and an electrical distribution centre, establishing it as a real life scenario training and assessment facility.

Construction of the facility will be funded by a joint venture between government owned National Petroleum Company PNG (NPCP), South Pacific Employment Institute (SPEI), human resources firm Orion Group, PNG’s Enga Children’s Fund and Site.

Programs provided at the Site facility will include competence based operations and maintenance technical training and assessment.

It will be similar to another facility established by Site in Myanmar.

Speaking to PNG Resources, Site managing director Vern Wills said the facility was particularly important in providing the infrastructure in PNG to enable local people to attain the technical skills and qualifications required to fill high-end, long-term, sustainable jobs in the growing gas processing and LNG industry.

“In many countries in emerging economies, the big projects start and the high level jobs go to expats, so this is about changing that balance and giving people a pathway,” he said.

“The only way to provide people with a pathway is to give them the skill set. The focus here is very much on PNG nationals.”

In a joint statement, SPEI and NPCP said their objective was to create long-term sustainable employment opportunities for PNG nationals to participate meaningfully and be included in higher end employment opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

NPCP managing director Wapu Sonk said the development of capability to create world class competencies in-country is a critical requirement for PNG.

“NPCP has carried out investigations into the necessary infrastructure required to best develop and train a highly competent national workforce.”

“Having had the benefit of researching the necessary componentries, NPCP is working with SPEI to develop a suite of necessary facilities that currently do not exist in this country,” Mr Sonk said.

Orion country manager Nick Smith said SPEI was a private public partnership focused on industry training and is a first for the whole South Pacific area.

“The Institute has modern ethos with a focus on creating an environment which develops competencies and real employment outcomes through running courses based on industry and client demand,” Mr Smith said.

The announcement came after Site acquired Perth-based training firm Wild Geese, which also supported the move.

“The only way to provide people with a pathway is to give them a skill set.”

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