Petrofac News 1700X397
03 July 2014

Petrofac Training Services Collaborates with ESI International to Establish Petrofac Project Management Academy

Academy to provide comprehensive training to oil and gas organisations across the Asia-Pacific region to achieve high productivity

Petrofac Training Services, part of Petrofac, the international service provider to the oil and gas industry, and ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, have announced a collaboration to establish the Petrofac Project Management Academy (PPMA), which aims to provide high quality training with a project management focus to help achieve high productivity and skill enhancement to oil and gas organisations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Today’s large-scale, complex and technologically demanding oil and gas projects, which often feature multiple stakeholders and dynamic geographic and political characteristics, require highly-skilled personnel who are adept at managing a wide range of issues, potential risks, and budget and execution challenges.

Personnel who are adept at collaboration, management and information sharing across the value chain to maximise cost-effectiveness and increase project execution certainty are in high demand to help plug the skills gap being left by a rapidly ageing and retiring workforce, especially in the Southeast Asian region.

Paul Jones, Petrofac Training Services’ Country Manager for Singapore, said: “With oil and gas and petrochemical projects becoming larger and more challenging, inefficient planning and project delivery can dramatically impact an organisation’s bottom line. Our in-depth knowledge of the critical issues faced in the industry and the skills required by today’s workforce to deal with them, coupled with ESI’s recognised project management training courses, provide the targeted approach needed to create rapid and sustainable improvement to the project management skills and productivity of our workforce. The convergence of these factors has created an increased demand for specialised training to increase productivity and efficiency, and reduce cost in project planning and delivery.”

Raed S. Haddad, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, ESI International, said: “Against a testing industry backdrop where highly-skilled people are much sought-after, we are delighted to partner with such an industry leader as Petrofac to create an enhanced learning platform created specially for those in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. Petrofac Project Management Academy will fill an existing void in the industry by providing comprehensive training to related organisations across the region which will positively impact productivity, efficiency and cost.”

The Petrofac Project Management Academy (PPMA) will provide comprehensive training solutions for the industry workforce with courses covering Project Management, Business Analysis, Business Skills and Contract Management. Having worked extensively with oil and gas companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron Corporation, Halliburton among other major players, ESI International is poised to deliver relevant, well-researched content. Leveraging Petrofac Training Services deep oil and gas industry knowledge and experience, the Petrofac Project Management Academy will provide effective, customisable training modules and course delivery, with courses at Petrofac’s state-of-the-art training facility (the Chemical Process Technology Centre) in Singapore, or at client premises to minimise downtime.