Study to identify impact of emerging technologies on energy sector labour

Business Sunday 09/December/2018 19:14 PM
By: Times News Service
Study to identify impact of emerging technologies on energy sector labour

Muscat: A research study to be conducted over a period of 18 months will explore and evaluate the impact of existing and emerging technologies on careers, skills requirements and training within Oman’s energy sector.
The research study aims at recommending strategies to address the evolving skill requirements within the Omani labour market, and providing labour market intelligence for key stakeholders within the energy sector.
Occidental Oman has signed an agreement to sponsor the research study to be conducted by Oman Society for Petroleum Services (Opal) and International Maritime College Oman (IMCO).
The signing ceremony was held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre during Opal’s Oil and Gas Conference from December 2 to 4.
Musallam Al Mandhari, Chief Executive Officer of Opal, and Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Occidental Oman, were the signatories for their respective organisations. Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, was also present on the occasion.
“The energy sector is undergoing a transformation, with a stronger focus on digitisation and the development of new technologies, said Kelly.
“We believe that research over the future of Oman’s labour market is essential to the sector’s future progress, and will bring forth important recommendations on skill requirements and future training programmes for Oman’s workforce. We feel proud to contribute to research over the Sultanate’s burgeoning energy sector, and we are committed to meeting the growing needs of the industry,” he added.
The study also aims at encapsulating data that will be collected from various ministries and government agencies, including the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Higher Education, and the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
The research study will collect its data using interviews, focus groups and surveys from key stakeholders within the energy sector.
IMCO will provide a panel of expert researchers and administrative assistants to manage the delivery of the research study.
This sponsorship falls under Occidental Oman’s umbrella of strategic partnerships and continuous collaboration with key stakeholders, and is part of Occidental Oman’s endeavour and long-term commitment to support programmes that enhance economic growth and sustainable development in Oman.