Engineers still have a bright future in the oil and gas industry, despite its current lull, according to Ollie Folayan, the chairman of the AFBE-UK engineering association.
In an association statement, Folayan confirmed that fossil fuel energy demand will exist for “at least” the next 50 years, providing engineers with plenty of working opportunities:
“It’s generally accepted that our dependence on fossil fuels, whether through shale, oil, natural gas or, to a lesser extent, coal will continue for at least the next 50 years.”
The AFBE-UK Chairman also stated that there are still reserves left to be explored and extracted in the North Sea, in a claim that was backed up by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, which increased the petroleum resource estimate of the Norwegian Continental Shelf last month.
Warning of the potential pitfalls of the UK engineering industry, Folayan revealed that a lack of students and teachers could spell disaster for the sector:
“According to Engineering UK’s 2015 report, the single biggest threat to the ongoing success of the UK engineering industry lies with education. To meet demand, we need enough young people to study STEM subjects at schools and colleges. Currently, there are not enough specialist STEM teachers trained to a sufficient level to support this aim.”
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