OPITO – the oil and industry skills provider whose UK base is in Aberdeen – has opened a new office in Cyprus in response to growing demand from the sector in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Eastern Mediterranean is considered a new energy frontier with an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of gas in the area. With additional exploration on the horizon and neighbouring countries such as Israel, Lebanon and Egypt marking their own offshore territories, Cyprus is an emerging oil and gas hub for the region.
OPITO will help develop the necessary technical skills required in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons and create a safety training infrastructure to ensure that workers are trained to the best standards that ensure they get to work offshore and return home safely.
The organisation will also roll out many of the skills initiatives and tools, tried and tested in the UK, and work closely with education, government and academia in Cyprus to generate awareness of the opportunities in the emerging oil and gas sector, increase the uptake of STEM subjects at schools and ensure university education is aligned with specific job roles in oil and gas and provide training to transfer existing skills among Cypriots into those needed in oil and gas.
Chris Wright – OPITO’s manager on the island – said: “Prior to March 2014, Cyprus didn’t have any proven oil and gas reserves. Fast forward 12 months and the island has what it takes to become a regional energy hub.”