Bastion Technologies Completes Acquisition of Offshore Survival and Training Division

July 15, 2015

Bastion Technologies, Inc., a Houston-based engineering and scientific services company, has acquired the offshore survival and fire training assets of a UK-based oilfield services company to add to their already prolific list of engineering services and products in the United States and abroad. These assets, formerly owned by the Americas' division of Petrofac (Symbol: PFC.L), were acquired in July 2015. Petrofac is a $6 billion British company offering oil and gas services worldwide.

Bastion now houses these training assets at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), a state-of-the-art underwater training facility where astronauts train for space missions, providing a unique environment that enables oil and gas companies to train in some of the most authentic emergency simulations in the nation. The NASA NBL facilities are located just 20 minutes south of downtown Houston.

Bastion boasts an impressive legacy of over 30 years of experience in astronaut and launch system training in both the United States and Europe.

These courses are designed to provide petroleum, sub sea engineering and safety professionals with a basic knowledge of safety and emergency response procedures for working in regional and international offshore facilities. Bastion offers certification through its Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) approved offshore and survival training courses, including basic offshore safety induction and emergency training (BOSIET) and helicopter underwater escape (HUET) to name a few. They also offer additional survival and fire training courses such as escape system training, swing rope transfer and fire training.

"We now have the ability to offer offshore survival training to oil and gas companies in Houston, and throughout the US, in a sophisticated and secure facility that has proven success in the training of our astronaut core," explains Jorge L. Hernandez, president and CEO of Bastion Technologies, Inc. "Bastion's trainers are bringing aerospace competencies into sub sea training."

Bastion not only offers these certified courses to petroleum, chemical, mechanical, sub sea engineering and safety professionals, but also is targeting undergraduate and graduate engineering college students so they can obtain their certification and be ready for the job on Day 1.

"This certification is as basic as having a driver's license, which is appealing to both the students as well as their future employers," Hernandez continues.

Bastion is already enjoying praise from regional and national companies that have sent delegates for training and certification.

"My overall impression of the course was extremely favorable because the instructors were able to apply the training to real life examples of how the training would be applicable to everyone in attendance," said Julian Turner, a representative of Blacksand Group. "One of the most useful and clearly understood safety classes I have ever been to," said Olalekan Gidado, of Schlumberger.

With their collaboration with NASA, unparalleled training, facilities that provide a realistic environment for subsea survival, and proximity to Houston's energy corridor, Bastion Technologies provides world class training to the Gulf coast offshore community.

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