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MAKING ITS MARK: Second enrolment proves that the Petronas-run centre is becoming a full-fledged institute

KOTA KINABALU: THE oil and gas training centre here took another step in becoming a full-fledged institution with second enrolment of trainees from the state recently.

The Petronas-run Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre took in its second batch of 24 trainees at its temporary campus in Membakut, 80km from here.

The trainees were registered for a two-year Instrumentation and Control programme at the campus, preceded by a week-long orientation. The training programme comes under the framework of the Malaysian Skills Certificate, accredited by the Department of Skills Development of the Human Resources Ministry.

The trainees, from nearby districts such as Papar, Bongawan, Membakut and Beaufort, would also be given a six-month industrial training at designated industry players' premises throughout the course of their programme, said a statement from Petronas Sabah and Labuan.

The RM50 million campus for the training centre is scheduled for completion next year.

The centre will take the lead in developing trained locals to meet the growing demand for skilled manpower in the state's oil and gas industry.

The centre complements the collaborative training efforts between Petronas and Mara Skills Institute, Industrial Training Institute, Sabah Foundation College and Technical and Commercial Training Institute in Papar.

Petronas will invest about RM45 billion in Sabah over a five-year period for Kimanis Power Plant, Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal, Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline in Sepitang as well as the Sabah Ammonia Urea plant in Sipitang and Lahad Datu Power Plant and Lahad Datu Regasification Terminal projects.

The new batch of students being shown some of the instruments they will be using during the course of their two-year training by a senior at the Kimanis Training Centre.


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