Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded funding from the UK Government to establish a sustainable training framework for the Indian energy sector, with a focus on accelerating skills development in deepwater subsea.
The Prosperity Funding was awarded to RGU following India’s commitment to reduce its energy imports and the country's intention to exploit its field development plans for the deepwater block in the Krishna-Godavari Basin offshore eastern India.
RGU stated that it will draw on its subsea expertise and experience of working both in the North Sea and internationally to appraise the future skills profile of India’s industry and propose a sustainable training framework with a focus on engineering disciplines and management.
The six month project will see RGU conduct a feasibility study, which will focus on increasing the understanding of the current subsea skills gaps in India. The study will also identify opportunities for good practice sharing and provide recommendations to position India for success in delivering its ambitious agenda for the hydrocarbon industry.
“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,” said Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute.
“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,” he added.
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