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Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:18 - Updated Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:18

INP runs natural gas piping course

Sumbe - The National Institute of Petroleum (INP) in Sumbe, centre-west Province of Cuanza Sul, makes available as from this year a vocational training programme with specialty in domicile natural gas piping, the first in the country, said the general director of the institution on Thursday, Mário Botelho de Vasconcelos.

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Mario Botelho de Vasconcelos, director of the National Institute of Petroleum (INP).

Photo: Joaquim Tomás

“We are able to train qualified staff with modern technology resources, as a result of the existence of the INP's Technologic Centre that provides us autonomy to train home natural gas piping installation technicians, and we hope that young people can submit their applications, so the country can have its first specialists after national independence”.

Speaking to ANGOP, Mário Botelho de Vasconcelos stressed that ''as we record development in the real estate industry, this course will train professionals to be able to set up a full gas central in a condominium or building, and install pipelines in the apartments, thus leaving aside the use of the butane gas canisters ''.

The INP trains cadres at high schools level and provides vocational training to oil and gas companies.

Technology Centre

According to the official, the technology centre is a practical training facility in different courses, such as boiler making, welding, hydraulic and fluid mechanics, mechatronics and robotics, home gas piping, conventional machining and computer numerical control.

Since its inauguration, six year ago, 81 welders among national and foreigners were fully trained by the oil industry.

The Technology Centre counts on computerized numeric control machines (CNC), which is an American technology, Italian conventional machining, mechatronic and robotic, German hydraulic and fluid mechanics and Finland welding modules.

The INP, which is 309 kilometers from the city of Luanda and 13 kilometers from Sumbe City (in centre-west Cuanza Sul Province), has been in existence since 1979 and arises from the merger of the Middle Petroleum Institute and the Central Petroleum School where technicians were trained in the drilling and production courses, whose training was provided by Bulgarian, Portuguese and Italian teachers for four years.

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