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GE Oil & Gas launches training collaboration with Kuwait Oil Company

Highlighting efforts to develop the next generation of young engineers and other technical workers for the global oil and gas industry, GE Oil & Gas and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Company, have launched a new Competency Development training collaboration.

GE and KOC announced their initiative at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2013 (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, which ran from November 10-13.

As part of GE and KOC’s training programme, 10 KOC mechanical engineers recently successfully completed the extensive Competency Development Training Path that covers all rotating equipment technologies as well as control and vibration monitoring systems.

The programme covered an estimated 100 training days over a six-month period. Half of the training included hands-on work on GE’s line of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors, in addition to vibration and condition monitoring systems.

KOC is confident that the candidates will be able to adapt themselves to handle non-GE make machinery as well, with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience acquired during this competency development training.

During a graduation ceremony that will be held in Kuwait in January 2014, the participants will receive their completion certificates.

Such training initiatives are vital as industry statistics show that up to 50% of the oil and gas sector’s engineers will be eligible to retire over the next several years.

Rami Qasem, president and CEO GE Oil & Gas, MENAT region said: “The global oil and gas industry faces a growing talent gap as more of today’s workforce retires, creating a demand for a new generation of workers with the skills to address the world’s 21st century energy challenges.”

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