Shell Malaysia today achieved another landmark with the official opening of its Asia Pacific Wells Learning Hub at Sarawak Shell’s Office in Miri.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Minister of Rural Development together with Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia officiated the event. Also present were Yang Berhormat Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Communications and Assistant Minister for Sport, Lawrence Lai, Miri’s Mayor and Antonio Kahti Galis, the Resident of Miri.

Speaking at the official opening today, Lo who is also the Managing Director of Sarawak Shell Berhad, said the setting up of the hub marked yet another milestone by Shell Malaysia. “This Learning Hub aims to train wells staff in the Asia Pacific region to the highest standards on a regular basis and improve their professional and safety competencies.”

He added, “Shell thrives on such challenges – we have been a technology pioneer for more than a century and we continue to find innovative ways to provide the energy people need.”

The Shell Asia Pacific Wells Learning Hub is the first of its kind in Asia Pacific and Shell’s third globally, after its Houston Centre in the United States and Rijswijk Centre in the Netherlands.  The hub incorporates innovation through state-of-the-art advanced simulators into the wells training programme; already considered amongst the industry’s best.

The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) accredited learning hub also allows the Wells community from outside of Shell to sign up for courses.

Shell champions open innovation and work together with partners far beyond the boundaries of the energy industry to generate new ideas and speed up their development. Shell’s sizeable investment in research and development turns new ideas into reality.

Access to the Well Learning Hub will enable locals to work in the industry by achieving the competence level required to work in this field. Schools, colleges and universities are also invited to observe the simulators working and experience firsthand simulated wells operations, with the aim of sparking interest in young students to consider a future career in this aspect of the petroleum industry.

Since Shell began conducting IWCF accredited classes in Miri in 2011, over 800 participants have been recorded with over 300 attending courses at the hub in 2013. In addition to Malaysians, participants also come from Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, China and Brunei.

Congratulating the government on Malaysia’s 50th anniversary, Lo took the opportunity to reiterate Shell’s pride in being a long standing partner in Miri in particular and in Sarawak in general, creating jobs for generations since it began operations in 1910, and imparting skills with proven lasting impact.

About Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production

Operating as production sharing contractors to PETRONAS, Shell Malaysia’s exploration and production companies  are  engaged  in the exploration for and efficient development and extraction of crude oil and natural gas from offshore Sarawak and Sabah, with onshore operations and offices in Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan, Bintulu and Kuala Lumpur. Shell also builds and operates the infrastructure needed to deliver hydrocarbons to market.

The pioneer of Malaysia's exploration and production sector, Shell drilled Malaysia’s first commercial oil well in Miri, Sarawak in 1910. The company’s upstream base is still located in Miri after a century of operations.

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