• RGU wins funds to draw up training programme for Indian oil and gas workers

    The UK Government has awarded Robert Gordon University (RGU) funding to identify and close skills gaps in India’s energy sector. As part of the six month project, RGU will come up with a programme for training workers in India, a country which is looking to become more energy independent. Today’s announcement from RGU comes a week after Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and his delegation visited the university.

    Also last week, RGU revealed plans to carry out a similar project in Mexico. The university secured funding for both initiatives from the government’s £1.3billion Prosperity Fund, which was set up to promote economic reform and development in “partner countries”. Indian authorities are currently planning to develop a deep water block in the Krishna-Godavari Basin, which lies off the country’s east coast.

    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. “We are delighted to undertake this important project, which will help build the foundations upon which India can grow its skill base to fully exploit and benefit from its hydrocarbon reserves, strengthen its economy, drive innovation and provide increased employability prospects for its people.” Pat Elflein Jersey

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