Oil and gas production and process services provider Petrofac will this week support the first four awards in a prestigious £250,000 programme of Fellowships with the Academy. Each of the new Petrofac Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows will receive a £6,000 award, to be presented by Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive Ayman Asfari at the Academy in London on 7 September. A further £3,000 will be awarded on completion of the Fellowship. The programme will run for three years with up to six Fellowships awarded annually. In 2009, potential awardees were drawn from seven courses at five universities in the UK.

The 21st century has already seen many changes to the industrial marketplace. Many companies now find it necessary to enhance the knowledge of their graduate (and other) engineers with further education and training to enable them to take on the specialist roles which are crucial to their commercial and business success.

Lord Browne of Madingley, President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “We are delighted to receive Petrofac’s generous support for this innovative new scheme, which extends the Academy’s commitment to promoting top-class continuing professional development for engineers.”

Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive, Petrofac, says: “The Academy plays a pivotal role in the promotion of engineering; both in terms of its broad application but also as a career choice for today’s school leavers and graduates, and I am delighted that we are able to directly support these efforts through the creation of the Petrofac Engineering Fellowships.

“I’ve been disappointed that the engineering profession has lost some of its prestige in recent years, and yet without engineers, the world couldn’t function. Industry must take a long-term view to be able to produce a new generation of skilled engineers. Much of the ‘easy’ oil has already been produced; so now there is an increasing focus on extending the life of existing fields and on developing marginal reserves and projects in ever more remote and hostile locations. This will require new levels of ingenuity and technical capability from the smartest engineering talent around, and initiatives like this one are vital in helping us find and develop the best people.”

Petrofac has joined forces with the Academy to take forward the concept of the Enhanced Graduate Engineer; to provide an exceptional opportunity for graduate engineers wishing to pursue applied technical roles, probably in the oil and gas industry, while at the same time addressing the need for additional highly skilled engineers generally.

The Enhanced Graduate Engineer is achieved through a combination of an appropriate full-time Masters’ level course coupled with additional learning and development opportunities provided by Petrofac, including where possible a company sourced major project, a mentor and work placement. In certain cases the company may offer post-graduation employment.

An exhibition of the Fellows’ course project work will be held in the Academy.

The 2009 Petrofac Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows are:

Mrs Lizzy Motshwene – site chemist at M2 Environment, who will be studying MSc Process Systems Engineering at Cranfield University.

Miss Liesel Detemple – resource manager at CREW Trust, studying MSc Process Systems Engineering at Cranfield University.

Ms Elaine Donegan – project manager at UTS Kent LLC, studying MSc Process Systems Engineering at Cranfield University.

Mr Fidelis Mugabe – assistant safety engineering at WS Atkins, studying MSc Safety Engineering and Risk Management at the University of Aberdeen.

Notes for editors

  1. The Petrofac Fellowships will be launched at a ceremony at the Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, on Monday 7 September 2009.
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  3. Petrofac is a leading international provider of facilities solutions to the oil and gas production and processing industry, with a diverse customer portfolio including many of the world’s leading integrated, independent and national oil and gas companies. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

    The group delivers services through seven business units: Engineering and Construction, Engineering and Construction Ventures, Engineering Services, Offshore Engineering and Operations, Training, Production Solutions and Energy Developments.

    Through these businesses Petrofac designs and builds oil and gas facilities; operates, maintains and manages facilities and trains personnel; enhances production; and, where it can leverage its service capability, develops and co-invests in upstream and infrastructure projects. Petrofac’s range of services meets its customers’ needs across the full life cycle of oil and gas assets.

    With more than 11,000 employees, Petrofac operates out of five strategically located operational centres, in Aberdeen, Sharjah, Woking, Chennai and Mumbai and a further 19 offices worldwide. The predominant focus of Petrofac’s business is on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), the Middle East and Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Asia Pacific region.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636