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, 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.

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 621 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
Over the past 10 years, Rumaila has supported multiple initiatives with universities in the United Kingdom and the USA, with Iraqi students studying a variety of courses, ranging from industry-related postgraduate degrees to specialized English language training schemes.

Most recently, 18 students 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.


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