| Azlan Othman |
LOCAL oil and gas businesses can conduct networking with Australian business partners and vice versa when more than 20 Australian companies participate in the Offshore South East Asia Exhibition and Conference (OSEA 2014) in Singapore, this December.
Australia’s world-class strengths in areas such as technical support, workforce skills development, innovative products and services, safety, operations and environmental control were emphasised by the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Todd Mercer, in a presentation on Australian capabilities in the oil and gas industry.
Present at the talk yesterday were key public and private sector representatives from Brunei’s oil and gas industry.
He said, “Australia has substantial oil and gas resources and the development of these resources help the country to become a global player in the sector. Australia’s oil and gas sector is at the forefront of several innovative developments that will have a global impact.
We also have a range of world-class education institutions providing training, undergraduate and post-graduate courses for the global oil and gas sector.”
The School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place with Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), and the University of Western Australia’s School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering in Perth both offer courses and undertake research in oil and gas.
Elaborating more on the MoU, Mercer added that UNSW has by far the biggest group of Bruneian students undergoing the degree twinning programme. He also mentioned that there are Bruneians undergoing scaffolding courses in technical and vocational institutions in Australia.
The Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training in Perth is the leading provider of process operations training, and has formed an alliance with Shell to deliver technical training for operators of the Prelude Floating LNG project.
Curtin University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering is another leading provider of undergraduate and post graduate courses in petroleum engineering through its campuses in Perth, Western Australia and Miri in Sarawak.
Mercer also took the opportunity to encourage the attendees at the talk to visit the Australian Education Fair on November 15 and 16 at Badi’ah Hotel where they can meet with representatives of Australian institutions and find out more about training courses in the oil and gas industry.