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Lord Cullen Opens Expro's Aberdeen Centre of Excellence

15th May 2008

15 May 2008

International oilfield service company Expro has reinforced its commitment to personal development, training and world-class safety performance by building a network of global Centres of Excellence at each of the company's main bases.

This network includes centres in Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, Louisiana and Aberdeen. This global network puts Expro in a tremendous position to support the learning and development of both existing and new employees, promote nationalisation and establish Expro as the leader in Well Flow Management training.

The Aberdeen Centre of Excellence is at the heart of this global network and acts as the flagship to the regional satellite locations. This centre was officially opened on the 14th of May by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk who, since leading the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster, has focused on the critical importance training and competence play in ensuring oilfield safety.

The opening of Expro’s Aberdeen Centre of Excellence marks the latest milestone in the company’s three-year Excellence in Operations programme, which has the delivery of outstanding safety performance, service quality and customer care at its heart.

The Centres of Excellence will support employees to develop their skills in order to achieve their potential, and will play a major part in developing fresh talent in the industry. Customers and other external groups will also be able to benefit from Expro’s technical and professional expertise by taking part in training at any of Expro’s Centres of Excellence.

The Aberdeen Centre of Excellence is the being used for all aspects of learning and development including HSE training, technical training in well test, subsea, data acquisition and operations engineering. It is also used for sales and management training, project management, and supervisory training.

Expro’s Chief Operating Officer Gavin Prise, said: “Opening this network of Centres of Excellence sends a clear message to the oil and gas sector that we are committed to developing the finest talent in the industry. Excellence in Operations ensures our focus is always on delivering the highest standards of safety, service quality and customer care to our customers worldwide, and these values are instilled in everyone benefiting from learning and development in Expro. “

Our investment in these centres and our employees going through structured learning and development programmes will ensure that Expro remains at the forefront of personal development, and our ability to offer third party training in these facilities helps underline our position as the brand leader in our field.”

Lord Cullen said: “The training of employees in processes and procedures, along with instilling in them an enduring culture of safety, no doubt calls for considerable technical and professional expertise. Expro has shown itself more than equal to the task, as its track record and recent awards have shown. I congratulate it on the creation of its Aberdeen Centre of Excellence as a means of seeing that the highest standards are achieved.”