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TrainND welcomes $150,000 gift from Statoil towards construction of new Williston Training Facility

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Posted by TrainND; On behalf of StatOil

TrainND welcomes $150,000 gift from Statoil towards construction of new Williston Training Facility

WILLISTON, N.D. - As a part of its commitment to the Williston Basin, Statoil is pleased to announce a Diamond Level pledge of $150,000 over three years towards the construction of the new TrainND-Northwest Center in Williston.

TrainND has embarked on an ambitious $7.5 Million capital campaign to build a 19,750 square foot state-of-the art regional workforce training and education center that will provide Northwest North Dakotans access to the technical skills and training they need to meet the current and future needs of the state's oil and gas industry, as well as other critical professions such as nursing, management, IT, manufacturing, and childcare to name a few.

"TrainND is extremely pleased to receive this pledge from Statoil. We are proud to have a contribution of this magnitude from a company that prioritizes our 'safety first' mantra and is very active in the community. It is our hope that others will follow suit and also make a pledge," says Deanette Piesik, CEO of TrainND.

Torstein Hole, head of Statoil's US onshore group says, "As part of our commitment to safety, the community and responsible operations in the Williston Basin, Statoil is very excited and proud to be a part of helping to bring this new training facility to life. This center will enable current and future generations to gain skills in areas critical to the growth and diversification of North Dakota's economy."

About TrainND
TrainND-Northwest provides training for ND business and industry enhancing their ability to compete globally.  We provide documentation of training to our companies, through employee transcripts, safety passport books, safety training cards, certifications, etc.  In the event your business is audited or if you need a copy of a past record, we can provide that information. 

In Fiscal Year 2013, the four Train ND regions provided training for 1,489 companies. And of these companies, 45% returned for additional training. 23,935 employees participated in one of the many training sessions held throughout the state.  In addition, the business sector ranked the satisfaction level provided in the training sessions at 99%. 

About Statoil
Statoil is a major operator in the Williston Basin, following its 2011 acquisition of leading Bakken player, Brigham Exploration. Statoil now holds approximately 312,000 net acres in the Basin, producing around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, and also operates in the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shale plays.

Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 33 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Stavanger, Norway with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

For more about the Statoil donation, please contact Deanette Piesik at 701.774.4246, or Lauren Shane, Senior Consultant Communication, US onshore, at 713.918.8200, If interested in any information about WSC, please call 701.774.4200, visit , or stop by 1410 University Ave.