Basra: a centre of oil and gas expertise
Rumaila is committed to broadening and deepening the existing skills base in the sector. It does this through the dedicated Rumaila Education Fund (REF).

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 (who do not work at the Rumaila oilfield), and to fund overseas scholarships for Iraqi students. To date, almost $12 million has been spent in support of these objectives.

Rumaila has spent almost $12 million in supporting initiatives that support the Iraq oil and gas industry.

Supporting the Iraqi oil and gas sector
Rumaila signed a contract in May 2015 with a Swiss company, Endress+Hauser, to supply a crude oil Custody Transfer Simulator to the Mayssan Oil Training Institute (a branch of the Basra Oil Training Institute). This simulator helps to train students to measure and control fluid level and flow.

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.

Training Overseas
BOC employees receive training in China

Technical and linguistic training courses
Courses have been provided for over 505 BOC (previously known as SOC) personnel in China, the UK and neighbouring Middle East countries since 2010. These courses, ranging from advanced financial accounting to drilling techniques and HR Management, give the next generation of engineers and professionals vital skills required in 21st century energy operations.

Scholarships Overseas
From 2010 to 2014, Rumaila supported a special English language training scheme between Basra University and the University of Oregon, whereby Iraqi students attended an academic year at the US University. In 2015, 29 students were nominated to enrol on post-graduate courses at universities in the UK for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. Four of these students will study for PhD degrees and the remaining 25 will undertake Master’s degree programmes.

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