Libya NOC has signed a memorandum of understanding with oilfield services giant Schlumberger to establish a training and development centre in Benghazi.
A statement from NOC noted that the centre would "concentrate on professional excellence in exploration, drilling and petroleum engineering, and be equipped with the latest high-tech equipment to develop qualified technical staff necessary to sustain the sector."
The programmes will focus on training on the job, and will upskill engineering competencies with the ultimate goal of improving production rates, operational efficiency, and workplace safety. Courses will also include additional recovery methods, directional drilling and fracturing techniques as well as methods to develop shale oil reserves.
Schlumberger has also offered to host Libyan engineers and technicians through on-work training programmes across the company’s worldwide operations.