PETRONAS recently launched its new training facility at Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP) at Batu Rakit, Terengganu.
The launch was officiated by Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said who was accompanied by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Petronas president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas.
Known as INSTEP Integrated Oil and Gas Training Centre, the industry-scale facility comprises a replicate of the actual upstream and downstream facilities, and was developed at an estimated cost of RM250mil.
It also includes a drilling rig, a drilling simulator and an engineering workshop.
The first-of-its-kind training facility in the region was developed to equip INSTEP’s trainees and Petronas’ workforce with necessary knowledge and skills in the oil and gas industry through industrial training conducted in a realistic and safe plant environment.
The centre will be used by INSTEP’s Petroleum Technology Programme trainees who will undergo on-the-job training at the facility to expose them to real processes and operations in upstream and downstream sectors of the industry.
The training facility is also open to other industry players, either local or international, who want to upskill their engineers and technicians.
“The development of the centre is one of Petronas’ significant investments which aims to create highly-skilled and qualified manpower to meet the needs of the rapidly growing oil and gas sector in Malaysia,” said Shamsul Azhar.
The facility is expected to increase INSTEP’s training capacity by two-fold to 1,700 trainees per year.
Besides INSTEP, Petronas has also established several educational institutions such as Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Akademi Laut Malaysia and Petronas Leadership Centre.