Oilfield services company Petrofac has been awarded a multi-million dollar technical training contract with Shell Iraq, achieving their fourth win with a major operator in the country.
Petrofac Training Services (PTS) has joined Shell in the management and operation of Shell’s Majnoon training centre in the Majnoon oil field development in Southern Iraq for two years, with an optional one year extension.
The centre was opened in 2013 and has focused on providing technical and non-technical training to the Majnoon workforce. Through its focus on competency development the training centre is making a strong contribution to the growth of Iraqi capabilities, Petrofac said.
PTS will also provide human resources, including project managers, HSE, technical, and English language trainers, as well as administrators, with a focus on supporting the competency development of the national workforce.
Karim Osseiran, vice president, PTS said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Shell Iraq to support the development of the local workforce.
“This award reflects our commitment to Iraq, where we have been very successful with international oil companies and national oil companies in bringing the best of our operations from around the world and adapting them to meet local needs, facilitating local workforce development.
“We have worked hard to build our multi-lingual team in Iraq since 2011 and this gives us the capability to rapidly mobilize a multi-national team including Iraqi Nationals. We look forward to working with the Shell and SOC team on the Majnoon field.”
Hans Nijkamp, vice president and country chairman for Shell, said that: “Creating job opportunities through the skills development of Iraq’s workforce is central to the country’s economic growth.
“We are proud to work with Petrofac Training Services to continue delivering meaningful technical and educational programmes at the Majnoon Training Centre and are confident that this initiative will deliver long-term benefits for Iraq and its people.”
Petrofac was first awarded a contract by Shell to deliver engineering, procurement and construction management at Majnoon in 2011 and now operates in four locations across the country on projects worth a total of more than US$1 billion.