IHRDC Chosen by Egyptian LNG to Provide Competency Assurance Training Service for 85 New Egyptian Employees

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Boston-based International Human Resources Development Corporation (IHRDC) has signed an agreement with the Egyptian Operating Company for Natural Gas Liquefaction Projects S.A.E. (ELNG) of Cairo, to develop and train 85 newly hired Egyptians employees who will operate and maintain this innovative new LNG facility.

IHRDC will apply its Competency Assurance Process to assure ELNG that each employee will be trained to meet the jointly developed O&M competencies for each identified job. The process can also be used to identify competency gaps of experienced employees and define custom training programs for each individual to eliminate any deficiencies.

IHRDC will also administer an extensive soft skills program to instill in the newly hired employees certain core behavioral values such as that will facilitate their assimilation into the company culture. This will be done through embedding the soft skills program in the technical training to allow employees to relate behavioral concepts to actual performance in real life situation.

The typical objective of an IHRDC client is to recruit and develop local nationals to perform jobs at international competency standards. This permanently lowers operating costs and makes sustainable, long-term contributions to the growth of the host country. The result is a win-win situation for the client, the employee and the country.

The highly effective IHRDC Competency Assurance Process has been used to develop competent O&M personnel at drilling, oil and gas production, refining, gas processing and LNG facilities worldwide. To date, eight major clients have selected this system to develop their workforce.

“We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with BG in Egypt”, said Dr. David Donohue, President of IHRDC, “We successfully provided the O&M training for their Burullus Project, the first deep offshore production facilities in Egypt, and will continue that service with an important LNG project.”

ELNG, an affiliate of British Gas and EGPC, is building a liquefaction plant at Idku which will consist initially of two 3.6 million ton/year trains. Train 1 will enter production in the third quarter of 2005 and all its output will be lifted by Gaz de France. Train 2 will come on stream in mid-2006 and its ouput will be lifted by BG Gas Marketing. The two trains will use the Modified Phillips Cascade LNG Technology and are expected to cost $1.9 billion altogether.

“This is the second LNG project for which we are providing O&M competency assurance training of local nationals in Egypt”, said Ayman Meneassy, IHRDC’s Vice President in Egypt, “The first was for SEGAS, which uses AOP technology and the second is now ELNG, which uses the Cascade technology.” Meneassy and his team are the driving force behind the application of IHRDC’s Competency Assurance Process for clients in the Middle East and North Africa.

About IHRDC

Headquartered in Boston with offices in Amsterdam, Cairo and Caracas, International Human Resources Development Corporation (IHRDC) is a privately owned company that has been providing highly regarded management, technical and operations training programs and competency-based e-learning systems to the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years.

The company’s e-Learning program, the International Petroleum Industry Multimedia System (IPIMS), recently won the 2003 Corporate Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Programming from the U.S. Distance Learning Association in Washington, DC.

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