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Shell inks MoU with Sabah O&G Academy
Published on: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Kota Kinabalu: Shell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TAS Institute of Oil & Gas, Tuesday, reinforcing the former's commitment to continuously nurture and develop local capability and capacity. The MoU was signed at the 6th Sabah Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (SOGCE) 2017.

TAS Institute of Oil & Gas was established in 2008 as the first oil & gas academy in Sabah.

It has built its reputation within Sabah as the leading provider of specialised skill, education and workforce development for the regional Oil & Gas Industry. TAS Institute of Oil & Gas is the only company in Sabah providing education in BTEC Certification (Level 3) in Operation Technician for the Oil & Gas industry.

Under the terms of the MoU, Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production (SMEP) will collaborate with TAS Institute on a programmatic hands-on and classroom style training for students enrolled in the Operation Technician program.

Training syllabus for this programme is based on the SMEP's BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) standard.

This programme delivers a unique multiskilled capability learning in oil and gas practice where graduates are able work on process, instrument, mechanical or electrical discipline while understanding other non-technical disciplines as well.

Following 18 to 21 months of intensive classroom-based and practical training, students will need to be assessed of their work based evidences before receiving their accreditations.

Top performing students will be selected to take up internship on Shell's offshore platforms where they will have hands on experience and field work learning to complete the final assessments, guided by Shell staff.

"We commend Shell's enthusiasm to work with TAS Institute of Oil & Gas to build a qualified pool of human capital that will undoubtedly spur economic growth and put Sabah on the world map for skilled oil & gas technical engineers.

The private sector and industry experts bring a wealth of real-world knowledge to the communities in which they operate.

It is imperative for learning institutions to build strategic partnerships with established companies to uncover human potential, inspire new approaches, and raise the standards of our skilled students," said Datuk Ismail bin Abdullah, Chairman of TAS Institute of Oil & Gas.

Currently, Sabah produces about 50 per cent of the total country's oil production.

The state is also home to deepwater exploration activities – notably Shell's Gumusut-Kakap and the more recent Malikai deepwater assets, with a peak production of about 150,000 and 60,000 barrels per day respectively.

"Both our deepwater projects – Gumusut-Kakap and Malikai – mark a very important milestone for us at Shell, as they firmly establish Malaysia as a deepwater hub.

These projects are built by Malaysians, operated by Malaysians, for Malaysians.

I'm confident that the SPOT programme will significantly contribute to building Sabah's workforce capability and standing in operating our oil & gas assets safely and competitively," said Ian Lim, General Manager, Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited.


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