Calgary, AB (PRWEB) August 06, 2014
C5 Plus Ltd. will teach a custom training course on the detection and management of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) in oilfields to a delegation from the South Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in Calgary this month. BD Tech Networks Ltd. will provide project management services for the three-week course.
C5 Plus, an environmental consulting company with a track record of conducting NORM surveys in Canada and Africa, was initially approached to conduct such surveys in South Sudan. However, C5 Plus instead recommended the Ministry send its professionals to Calgary to be taught to conduct their own surveys.
“It just made a lot more sense to teach them how to self-manage their programs,” said Dr. John Dean, principal scientist for C5 Plus. “Once they take this knowledge back to Africa, they’re not going to have the hassle and expense of having third party consultants traveling halfway around the world to do this work for them. We’re always happy to do this sort of work ourselves anywhere in the world, but only when it’s in the client’s best interests.” As a result, the Ministry will incur much lower expenses in the short term and be capable of managing future surveys.
Although not well known to the general public, the petroleum industry has been aware since the 1930s that naturally occurring radiation presents a potential risk in oil and gas production facilities. The main problem is the accumulation of unintentionally enhanced radiation in mineral scale and sludge deposits in piping and process equipment. Workers conducting maintenance on this equipment, especially scale and sludge removal where radioactive dusts might be released, can be exposed to elevated radiation levels as a result.
The course was custom designed to meet the delegation’s needs by John Dean, Ph.D., John Bland, Ph.D., and Curt LaMontagne, who will also serve as instructors. The training will be held in facilities at The University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic. BD Tech Networks will arrange logistics and transportation.
The Hon. Dr. Bellario Ngong will head the South Sudanese delegation. In addition to being a medical doctor, Dr. Ngong is the Aweil South Constituency’s Member of Parliament is representing the Committee for Assessment of Health Hazards Caused by Oil Exploitation in the Republic of South Sudan.
About C5 Plus
Since 1995, C5 Plus has been helping clients keep their employees and visitors environmentally safe and informed. C5 Plus scientists and consultants have extensive experience with indoor air quality (IAQ), radon gas, hazardous materials management, energy and greenhouse gases (GHG), and naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). Clients who work with C5 Plus receive results that are scientifically rigorous, yet are both sensible and easy to understand. Please visit http://www.c5plus.com for more information.
About BD Tech Networks Ltd.
Founded by Mr. Boubacar Diallo, P.Eng and Mr. Benjamin Essien, RTNM, BD Tech Networks Ltd. is a young, dynamic organization providing consulting services in project management, feasibility studies, and procurement strategy. Our clients include the oil and gas, government/utilities, and telecommunication sectors. BD Tech Networks Ltd. adheres to the principles of health and safety, ethics and compliance, and environmental protection. For more information visit: http://www.bdtechnetworks.com.
About The Republic of South Sudan
The Republic of South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation. It is the 193rd member state of the United Nations and the 54th member state of the African Union. The country gained independence on 9th July 2011 following a self-determination referendum in which the citizens overwhelmingly voted for total autonomy from the then Sudan. The referendum, conducted in January 2011, was one of the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005. The CPA ended one of Africa’s longest civil wars in which many lives were lost. After emerging from decades of neglect and discrimination, the country is now putting all its efforts and resources to nation building.
Curt LaMontagne, Principal Consultant
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