Gas engineering experts, CNG Services, welcome £1.5 million investment in skills as National College for onshore oil and gas is unveiled
CNG Services, experts in connecting new gas producers to the UK gas grid and owners of the UK’s largest CNG filling station, is giving an enthusiastic welcome to the major new £1.5 million investment in gas industry skills training as the National College for onshore oil and gas is unveiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Building on the UK’s world - leading offshore heritage and prompted by opportunity presented by shale g as, the National College aims to help the UK to become an international centre of excellence f or onshore operations. It will be training the next generation of onshore oil and gas engineers and providing first class qualifications and career opportunities for young people.
John Baldwin, Gas expert and managing director at CNG Services says: “This is the right investment at the right time. Activity in every area of our business is expanding rapidly. We are involved in over 1.8 TWh (60 million therms) of biomethane - to - grid projects, active in a fast developing CNG transport sector and helping nume rous other onshore gas producers get connected to the grid. One major opportunity that we are planning for is to help use our expertise to get shale g as producers connected to the UK gas grid. This means we have an excellent overview of what is needed to day in the gas industry.”
“With every sector expanding rapidly our major problem is accessing the right skills to make the project happen. So it’s excellent to see that the Government has recognised what is needed and is planning to make the UK world bea ting in onshore gas. Lack of skills will be the only thing that can hold back the onshore gas industry now and prevent the UK take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity which will provide economic and energy security for us all”
Jointly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the onshore oil and gas industry, the new National College will bring together leading education and training institutions and industrial partners to deliver training programmes to meet the onshore in dustry’s future skills needs.
The new National College will help to train the next generation of onshore oil and gas specialists, providing first class qualifications and career opportunities for young people. Training programmes will be designed to meet industry needs and reflect evolving best practice in drilling, hydraulic fracturing, site development and environmental management.
The new National college with be headquarter in Blackpool at Blackpool and The Fylde College, with other participating in stitutions being The University of Chester, Redcar and Cleveland College, Highbury College Portsmouth, University of Strathclyde. The college will also be supported by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board and the Association of Directors o f Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport.