Following on from the success of the first year of the Petrofac Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships, six more talented engineers have been selected for this prestigious programme. All will begin postgraduate studies this year.

Senior representatives from Petrofac will meet the 2010 Fellows at a reception to be held at The Royal Academy of Engineering in London on 14 September. In addition to meeting senior Petrofac and Academy personnel, the new awardees will also be able to interact with the previous Fellows, who will be displaying their project work and giving a short presentation.

This is part of an initial three year programme, based on the concept of the Enhanced Graduate Engineer to provide an exceptional opportunity for graduate engineers wishing to pursue applied technical roles, most likely in the oil & gas industry, while at the same time addressing the need for additional highly skilled engineers generally.

The programme has instantly proven successful, with the first cohort of awardees now finding relevant and stimulating employment, including two positions which have been offered by Petrofac.

Speaking ahead of the event, Ayman Asfari, Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive said: “Today’s event marks the first anniversary of our involvement with the Fellowship programme, which has been mutually rewarding for both the Petrofac mentors and the 2009 Fellows; two of whom have since been offered employment within our group. As we start the 2010 programme we welcome six of the brightest graduate engineers as Fellows and I look forward to watching their progression throughout the year.

“The Academy fulfills a vital role in ensuring the promotion of engineering as a career, and I would like to thank everyone involved with this programme for their continued efforts in creating a new generation of skilled engineers for our industry.”

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.

Both the Academy and Petrofac were very impressed with the calibre and range of candidates for the 2010 award. The successful candidates and the courses they will be studying are:

Ali Abdi – MSc Offshore Engineering, Newcastle University

Carl Asibey – MSc Process Systems Engineering, Cranfield University

Obiaglei Iwugo – MSc Design of Rotating Machinery, Cranfield University

Swetha Nama – MSc Design of Rotating Machinery, Cranfield University

David Ntoko – MSc Oilfield Corrosion in Engineering, Leeds University

Steven Riddell – MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering, Aberdeen University

Notes for editors

  1. 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.
  2. Petrofac is a leading international provider of facilities solutions to the oil & gas production and processing industry, with a diverse customer portfolio including many of the world’s leading integrated, independent and national oil & 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 & Construction, Engineering & Construction Ventures, Engineering Services, Offshore Engineering & Operations, Training Services, Production Solutions and Energy Developments.

    Through these businesses Petrofac designs and builds oil & 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 & gas assets.

    With more than 12,500 employees, Petrofac operates out of six strategically located operational centres, in Aberdeen, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, 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

For more information please contact: Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering

Tel. 020 7766 0636; email:  Jane Sutton