The MoU has been signed

The Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (Opito), a UK trade organisation, has signed an agreement with Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas for technical training and strategic competency development.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Petronas will see Opito assess and accredit selected health, safety and environment (HSE) and technical training programmes, offered by Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP) and Petronas’s Group Health, Safety and Environment Division.

The MoU was signed Petronas vice president of human resource management Puan Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman and Opito’s group chief executive David Doig at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

The MoU will allow strategic competency development through learning visits, staff attachments, student internships and network access.

Opito group chief executive David Doig said the MoU allows the organisation to increase its international reach.

"Petronas is creating a regional hub of excellence in learning and safety training. Through the INSTEP training facility it is establishing a world class centre for the oil and gas industry where innovation and quality will be at the core of everything it does," said Doig.

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"The training programmes will deliver world class safety and technical skills and globally recognised certification.

"This will not only help the Malaysian oil and gas industry grow and prosper, it will also signal to the global industry that Petronas is leading the industry in skills development of its people," added Doig.

Petronas vice president of human resource management, Puan Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman, said: "In realising our aspiration to become the regional education and learning hub for the oil and gas industry, we acknowledge the importance of our HSE and technical training programmes to be recognised by an industry recognised accreditation body."

Image: The MoU has been signed at the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Photo courtesy of A.Aruninta.