Established as part of the Technical Service Contract the REF exists to upgrade Iraq’s institutes and develop oil and gas related technology; support the technical and linguistic training of Iraqi Basra Oil Company personnel, and to fund overseas scholarships for Iraqi students. To date, almost $15 million has been spent in support of these objectives.
Rumaila has spent almost $15 million in supporting initiatives that support the Iraq oil and gas industry.
We have also worked with international oil and gas industry standards and training provider (Opito) and the Basra Oil Training Institute to survey the capacity of local oil technicians training provision. Further investment is planned to support both the Baiji Oil Institute and the Baghdad Oil Institute.
Most recently, 17 postgraduate candidates graduated with Master’s degrees from UK universities in 2018. A further 14 postgraduate students are currently studying in the UK, including five at the prestigious industry-focused Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.