In Miri, the home of Malaysia’s oil industry, Shell is training a new generation of wells engineers to help deliver major energy projects like Gumusut-Kakap.
Shell’s first deep-water project in the country – and Asia’s largest offshore platform – came on stream in October 2014. When fully ramped up, it will contribute up to 25% of Malaysia’s oil production and create significant economic benefits.
Shell started its Miri wells training programme in 2011. Two years later the Asia Pacific Wells Learning Hub opened there, adding state-of-the-art simulators to an advanced well control programme considered one of the best in the world. It is accredited by the International Well Control Forum, an organisation that develops and runs well control training, assessment and certification programmes for the oil and gas industry.
Trainees arrive from across the Asia-Pacific region in search of skills that will enable them to drill safely for much-needed energy.
Miri is one of four such Shell centres around the world: others serve the Middle East, Europe and the USA. So far, more than 800 Shell wells engineers have qualified there and 500 from other companies.
The training centre offers specialist skills that will help Malaysia become a hub of deep-water energy production for the region.