Malaysian welding under the torchlight

 

Kuala Lumpur: Jurutera Perunding Akal (JPA), an engineering design and project management services consultancy, recently signed a collaboration agreement with French classification society Bureau Veritas to provide value-added propositions in quality, health, safety and environment for the oil and gas, marine, offshore, petrochemical and related industries.

JPA, a subsidiary company of Petra Energy Bhd, will provide a complete set of welding skills and technology certification training, engineering design consultancy services, recommendation of engineering materials for fabrication, construction and maintenance in accordance with the internationally acceptable welding code requirements and recommended product specification guidelines. BV will certify that JPA’s services are done correctly. 

Malaysia suffers from an acute shortage of skillful manpower required for the industry with only eight certified welding engineers (five in Sarawak and three in West Malaysia). The news comes as national government has pledged to boost the country’s shipyard capabilities to ensure Malaysia will account for 2% of all ship orders in the future, a steep increase from its present shipbuilding capabilities.  [06/12/12]

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