FMC Technologies, a U.S. energy giant, and the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, have signed an agreement to establish a sub-sea engineering training programme in the university, a statement said.
The statement was issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday and signed by the University’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Dr Williams Wodi.
The statement quoted the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, as saying during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between both institutions, that the programme was the first in Africa.
It said that the programme would identify competency gaps through training of engineers, to provide services to support existing and future projects in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
“It will also bridge technical gaps through the commencement of a joint Master of Science degree and Certificate programmes in sub-sea engineering in the university,” Ajienka said in the statement.
He said the partnership, going by the expertise and experience of globally recognised FMC Technology in sub-sea engineering, would add value to the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The statement also quoted Mr. Michael Hunt, the Project Manager of FMC Technologies, as saying that the company chose University of Port Harcourt because it was the only university in Africa, strategically well-positioned to run oil and gas programmes.
Hunt said the company was fully committed to the partnership that would make the university a hub for sub-sea training on the African continent.
NAN gathered that the programme is coming against the backdrop of the gradual shift by international oil companies in Nigeria from downstream to deepwater operations, on account of sabotage and decreasing profit margins.

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