Muscat, Demonstrating continuous support to the Sultanate’s vision to secure a skilled, competent and job ready workforce for the oil and gas, and energy industries, Takatuf Oman, the Human Capital solutions provider, wholly owned by Oman Oil Company (OOC), in partnership with Petrofac, a world leading oilfield services provider with almost four decades of experience in the development of training and competence programmes and facilities, inaugurated a state-of-the-art institute; Takatuf Petrofac Oman (TPO), located in Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, and was attended by their excellencies and officials from the oil and gas industry.

TPO, a 60:40 joint venture between Takatuf and Petrofac, is a new facility with cutting-edge technology. The institute can hold up to more than 600 students at one time and holds a unique proposition, where it blends interactive workshops, classroom, augmented reality (AR) and experiential training to provide trainees with a fast-track training solution; that meets the specialised labour demands in the oil and gas sector. After graduation, trainees can join any modern oil and gas facility, fully prepared to work. This qualifies TPO to be the only institute in Oman internationally accredited to provide vocational training programmes up to Level 3 Diploma.

Commenting on this, Eng. Isam bin Saud al-Zedjali, CEO of OOC said: We are extremely excited to continue taking major steps in partnering with industry leaders to build such facilities with technological and operational capacities. OOC and its group of companies continue to contribute to the national development objectives, by identifying and creating opportunities for local talent, and also by investing for the country in state-of-the-art institutes that provide professional training for both students and experts within the industry”.

He added, We are pleased with Takatuf’s accomplishments, such training institutes would enhance the availability of skilled workforce in the oil and gas industry to be fully equipped with required skills.

Petrofac Group Chief Executive, Ayman Asfari said: I am proud that Petrofac has been entrusted by Takatuf and OOC to invest in and deliver this leading edge facility, which is a model for the future and will deliver a step change in practical and technical training for the Omani Oil and Gas industry. This joint venture further cements Petrofac’s 30-year commitment to the Sultanate and confirms our deep belief in the need to deliver on the vision of Oman’s leadership to invest in human capital, which will be our ultimate enduring legacy.

Sheikh Khalid al-Hinai, Chairman of TPO, said, TPO’s mandate is to deliver modern training programmes, utilising four impressive live plants as training environments which replicate real oil and gas facilities. This creates a risk free, immersive environment which enables students to get practical and hands-on experience of plant operations, including failures and shut-downs, that is otherwise difficult to replicate on site.

TPO programmes equip Omani nationals and international students with the necessary skills and qualifications needed to make an immediate and valuable contribution to the country and offer a vastly accelerated route to autonomy.

Source: Oman News Agency