Shell Malaysia Launches Learning Hub in Miri to Develop Local Capabilities

Royal Dutch Shell plc's subsidiary Shell Malaysia plans to offer innovative training program at its Asia Pacific Wells learning hub (integrated gas) in Miri, Sarawak as it seeks to develop local capabilities in the oil and gas industry to deal with major issues such as oil spills, Malaysia's Business Times reported Friday.

"As we go into more remote and harsher environments to fulfil the world's energy needs, we need to ensure our wells staff are competent to deal with the challenges so we can achieve safety and business performance aspirations," Shell Malaysia Chairman Iain Lo said after the launch of the Wells learning hub Thursday, an event officiated by Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang.

The training programs will be enhanced further by advanced simulators, which will enable the operator to simulate well intervention in realistic command and control scenarios.

"Like flight simulators, they reproduce the visual and auditory experience of being at the rig site within a safe environment ... these simulators bring innovation and technological expertise to local use - this is truly a world-class training facility," Lo said.

The Shell Malaysian Chairman also pointed out the need to develop talent as more jobs are expected in the petroleum industry given that global oil and gas demand is projected to rise by 40 percent by 2030, while hydrocarbon resources are getting harder to discover and reach, making it more challenging for companies to get these resources out of the ground.

Shell has two other similar hubs in Rijswijk, Netherlands and in Houston, United States, while another one is being built in Oman.


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