Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq al-Said, Adviser to the Sultan, Chairman of The Research Council (TRC), inaugurated the Oman Oil and Gas Institute (instOG), the first of its kind specialised in the training and development of professionals in the energy sector in the Sultanate, at a cost of RO 7 million (USD 18.21 million).

Sayyid Shihab also opened, at the same Institute, the laboratories for energy and mining sectors. These laboratories come within the efforts made by the government, to enhance scientific diversification at the 9th five-year plan. The six-week long labs are organised by the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Public Authority for Mining, in cooperation with the Tanfeedh Follow up Unit.

Sayyid Shihab affirmed that, Oman Oil and Gas Institute, which specialised in the training and development of professionals in the energy sector, is an addition to educational institutes in the Sultanate. It is also a qualitative addition to the oil and gas sector and will contribute to promoting innovation and specialised education.

He said, in statements to reporters, that, the Institute plays an important role for training oil and gas professionals. He hoped that the graduates will meet the needs of oil and gas market.

“In addition to the three-year long training courses, the Institute will provide short courses in coordination with oil organisations in the Sultanate depending on the required specialises, such as drilling engineering, geology and other oil and gas related specialisations,” he added.

Oman Oil and Gas Institute, (InstOG), a joint venture between Oman Oil Company and Schlumberger Oman Company, seeks to ensure matching between education outputs and the needs of the labour market.

The institute is designed to be a pioneering and specialised institute in the training and qualification of engineers and geologists, providing them with the necessary skills to develop and sustain the Sultanate’s oil and gas resources. It incorporates state-of-the-art simulation technology and virtual reality platforms to provide a reality-like training environment.

It is established on a total area of 4,800 square metres, which contains a number of facilities, including a technical training centre, lecture halls, halls for workshops and simulations, classrooms, laboratories and a service building.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of top delegates in the oil and gas sectors, participants at the labs, representatives of public and private organisations , a group of academicians , experts and representatives of the civil society organisations.

Source: NAM News Network