Shell International Exploration & Production (Shell) has today opened a state-of-the-art technical learning centre in its new international headquarters in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Called [email protected], the site will be the primary venue for Exploration & Production (EP) technical training.
The EP headquarters also houses the central technology and research functions of the business. The world-class teaching facility is designed to accelerate the technical development of staff, and further boost Shell’s technical capability, to support its strategy of ‘more upstream’. Previously based in Noordwijkerhout in the Netherlands, the new location enables better collaboration between staff based at Shell’s EP headquarters and those who come to learn, accelerating knowledge sharing and transfer within the company.
“Developing the skills and knowledge of technical professionals is key to enabling us to deliver our strategy. We are pulling together expertise from within the company and the industry to ensure that our people learn from the best and are able to expand their technical careers, building the company’s technical capability for the future. Shell has a long history of developing first-class engineers and technologists, and this state-of-the-art learning centre will help us reinvigorate that tradition,” said Malcolm Brinded, Executive Director Exploration and Production.
The four-storey building can accommodate around 5,000 students each year. With 1200 square metres of flexible classroom space, its fully automated classrooms and laboratories are designed to help employees experience hands-on training. The building boasts full-scale models of oil and gas field equipment, a large collection of geological rock samples and an advanced drilling simulator.
[email protected] will deliver over 200 courses, primarily aimed at technical professionals. These include modules on geosciences, petroleum engineering, well engineering, facilities engineering and production engineering. Some courses count towards gaining a Masters degree in Petroleum Technology. There will also be an opportunity for staff working for Joint Ventures, National Oil Companies and other International Oil Companies who are partnering with Shell, to take some courses. This is one way for Shell to share its technical expertise and expand its contribution to partners.
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