Halliburton Opens Russian Training Center

Halliburton on Friday announced the official opening of a new training center in Tyumen, Russia, in cooperation with the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University. Designed to further develop the professional and technical skills of the company's employees in the Europe Eurasia Region, the Tyumen training center is Halliburton's 12th worldwide and the first in Russia.

"We are proud to take this latest step toward realizing Halliburton's long-term vision of developing our employees," said Johan Bakker, vice president of Halliburton's Europe Eurasia Region. "We're providing them with the necessary skills to operate the company's cutting-edge technologies and execute projects not only in this region but also around the world."

Bakker said Halliburton is fully committed to expanding its business in Russia and the entire Eastern Hemisphere while continuing to provide excellent service to its customers. "One key element to achieving that goal is having a properly trained workforce," he said.

The first phase of the training program began in February with 22 students from five countries: Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom. Designed and constructed in only eight months, the center is equipped with three classrooms, a laboratory, and state-of-the art videoconferencing equipment that gives the students real-time access to other students and technical experts across the globe.

"Halliburton understands the importance of hiring and training its workforce in locations where resources already exist, in terms of both personnel and oil and gas," said Lawrence Pope, Halliburton's vice president of Human Resources and Administration. "Using Halliburton's advanced real-time capabilities, we are able to encourage knowledge sharing among students in all 12 training centers, and they are able to draw on the experience and expertise of other employees working around the world."