Petrofac boosts commitment to grow Indian engineering talent

Petrofac boosts commitment to grow Indian engineering talent
Published: 19 November 2019 - 3 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Petrofac has welcomed more than 60 Indian graduates to its 2019 global graduate programme as the company continues its significant investment in the Indian market.

The Indian graduates constitute the largest national group in this year’s intake of 140 graduates from 14 countries and demonstrate Petrofac’s commitment to growing its Indian talent as it positions to further expand its EPC offering in the country.

Petrofac is currently executing several high-profile EPC contracts in India, including Bharat Petroleum’s Kochi Refinery in Kerala; the Raageshwari Deep Gas project in Barmer, Rajasthan, for Vedanta and Cairn India; and the Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project for Hindustan Petroleum in Andhra Pradesh.

These projects further strengthen Petrofac’s long-term commitment to India, where the company already employs more than 2,000 Indian engineers and staff in its own engineering centres in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. The world-class engineering centres have been developed over the past 15 years to deliver Petrofac’s projects for the world’s leading resource holders, as well as support its growing EPC activities in-country.

As part of Petrofac’s long-term commitment to India, Petrofac has invested since 2011 in projects to support young people and to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Beneficiaries include Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP), an Indian charity, which helps bring social and economic development to remote village communities through literacy and education programmes. Petrofac supports the BLSP welfare programme in Delhi and Chennai to fund 200 one-teacher schools.

Petrofac group chief executive Ayman Asfari said: "India has long been at the heart of Petrofac’s business. We deliver our engineering in-house, therefore our Indian engineers have a long history and track record of delivering EPC projects for the world’s leading international and national oil company clients around the globe."

"We are delighted to have secured 60 talented graduates from India for this year’s programme. This demonstrates not only our commitment to develop our in-country talent pipeline but also our desire to continue to offer high-quality EPC delivery for our worldwide projects from India, which offers the benefits of global exposure and expanded opportunities for our Indian engineers."

"After 15 years of supporting international projects from India and, given the many investment opportunities in upstream and downstream we see, we are keen to use our capability to deliver more EPC projects in India where we can demonstrate the international quality of delivery, execution, and in-country value that Petrofac can bring as the market in India develops."

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