BP has announced the opening of the new Integrated Production Technologies (IPT) offshore training building in Louisiana near the company’s Houma Operations Learning Center (HOLC).

Fletcher Technical Community College (FTCC) along with Governor Bobby Jindal and other elected officials celebrated the opening of the college’s new building.

The facility is said to be the new home of FTCC’s IPT programme, which the Louisiana Board of Regents recently designated a Deepwater Center for Workforce Excellence.

According to BP, the facility features a 4,000ft² lab with $500,000 in equipment, and will have space for essential offshore specialty training for mobile drilling systems, marine operations, production systems and safety training.

"The company is said to have commited $4m to the project, while the state of Louisiana provided a $4m match."

For advanced coursework, the building will also feature a maths and science centre to prepare the next generation of engineers and classrooms for general studies courses to support FTCC’s student population.

The company is said to have commited $4m to the project, while the state of Louisiana provided a $4m match.

BP America chairman and president John Mingé said: "As America’s largest energy investor, BP is committed to supporting workforce development and education to prepare the next generation of oil and gas industry employees.

"FTCC has long been our partner in this vital work, which is crucial to the future of the energy industry and the nation’s continued energy security."

FTCC chancellor Travis Lavigne Jr said: "FTCC’s mission is to ensure our programmes are responsive to the needs of the businesses and industries that keep Louisiana economically viable.

"This partnership with BP and the grand opening of the BP IPT building will help us to do just that; to complete the workforce development and training critical to keep Louisiana at the heart of the growing energy industry."