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Petrofac and DPE to invest in safety

Local and international expertise will come together in new technical training venture.

Petrofac, an oil and gas facilities service provider, has announced a joint agreement with the government of Dubai oil company, Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE) to invest in, and develop, a safety and technical training centre in Dubai.

The Dubai Petroleum Training Centre (DPTC) will be managed and operated by Petrofac Training. The facility will be equipped to meet the safety and technical training needs of the oil and gas industry throughout the Middle East, as well as servicing the other industries within the energy sector. The centre will be located at DPE's headquarters in Dubai and is due to open this summer.

"Petrofac is delighted to have the opportunity to work with DPE on this exciting venture," said Walter Thain, vice president, sales and marketing, Petrofac Training.

"We are confident that we will be able to provide a world-class training centre for the Middle East, which will be well equipped to ensure companies in this region have access to quality competency-based training. The establishment of the Dubai facility will be a significant achievement within our programme of global development of safety and technical training facilities to support one of the industry's most critical challenges in growing, developing and maintaining competent work forces."

In addition to the development of the training centre, Petrofac Training will provide DPE with managed training, initially encompassing safety-training courses, with technical courses planned for the future.

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