FMC Technologies has announced a collaboration with the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with the intent to create the first Master of Science degree in Subsea Engineering offered in Africa’s largest Oil Producing Country.
“Programme curriculum will be developed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for work in the offshore oil and gas industry”, the company explains in a release. “The University will be accepting enrollment applications for this new program starting in 2015”.
“Michael Hunt, Country Manager, FMC Technologies, sees the collaboration as “a major milestone in furthering the development of a highly skilled Nigerian workforce”. He says: “These students will play a key role in the future of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.”
Joseph Ajienka, Professor of Petroleum engineering and vice chancellor of the University, describes the initiative as a major milestone, not only for the University of Port Harcourt, but also for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. “We are very pleased to cooperate with FMC Technologies in this effort. Given the facilities and experience of FMC Technologies, we are confident that a Master of Science degree in Subsea Engineering will add tremendous value to our services,” he added.
Upon graduation, programme participants will have expanded opportunities to work in the energy industry, including potential employment with FMC Technologies in Nigeria.
FMC Technologies claims it is currently providing over 80% of subsea production systems in Nigeria. and “has been contributing to the growth of Nigeria’s vital oil and gas industry for more than 16 years”. The company currently employs approximately 250 personnel in the country.