Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has been awarded funding from the UK Government to establish a sustainable training framework for the Indian energy sector with a focus on accelerating skills development in deep-water subsea.
The university announced the funding after it welcomed the Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, and his delegation to its Garthdee campus as part of a three day visit to the UK organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Scottish Development International (SDI).
The delegation, which included a number of India’s national oil and gas companies and regulators, are looking to work closely with companies and universities in Scotland, to leverage their world class expertise and track record in subsea engineering.
The Prosperity Funding was awarded to RGU following India’s commitment to reduce its energy imports and the country’s intention to fully exploit its field development plans for the deepwater block in the Krishna-Godavari Basin offshore eastern India.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, said: “India has an ambitious and exciting agenda for its oil and gas industry, which will require significant investment in local skills development to ensure the country can meet its growing energy demand.”
Meanwhile, UK subsea companies head to Mexico City next week on a showcase trade mission to increase business and trade opportunities in Latin America’s most promising energy hubs, where the Mexican government is about to license 10 deepwater blocks.
The event has been organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in association with Subsea UK, along with the Energy Industries Council (EIC), Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Development International.
Industry body, Subsea UK will lead the subsea section of the showcase which will connect over 15 UK companies with Mexico’s most influential energy players in Mexico City, Ciudad del Carmen and Villahermosa.
Each company, whose products and services are focussed on subsea technology, drilling and efficiencies or midstream capabilities, will showcase their offerings to operators, potential customers and partners; and get the chance to network with government and industry officials.
Attendees will also gain detailed market insights as they look to exploit export opportunities and expand into one of the fastest-growing oil and gas provinces in the world. The showcase will also include a site visit to Mexican state-owned petroleum company, Pemex.