Morendat Institute Of Oil and Gas Welcomes Inaugural Class
To reaffirm her centrality and significance in the oil & gas sector in the region, KPC recently welcomed the first batch of students to the newly established Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas. The pipeline laboratory technologist training was held at the Nairobi Terminal and a total number of 12 students from within and without KPC took part. While welcoming the students, the Institute’s Director Dr. Jonah Aiyabei observed that the company had benchmarked the curriculum with the best universities in the world from USA, Canada and Israel and so he expected brilliant results out of the training. “Initially, we will offer five courses but more will be introduced into the curriculum as the Institute progresses,” said Dr Aiyabei.
The General Manager, Operations and Maintenance, Eng Peter Mbugua noted that oil discovery is a milestone for the country. He further added that there was more to the oil and gas industry than just drilling of oil. “The Institute aims at building skills that will improve the students’ marketability not only in Kenya but beyond. It is time Kenya stopped importing manpower,” he said. His counterpart Eng. Audi Okullo, General Manager for Infrastructure, said that the oil and gas space in Africa has a lot of opportunities which the Institute will help to exploit. “There is a huge skills gap in East, West and Central Africa.
The Morendat Institute allows Africa to train for Africa. Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas was designated a Center of Excellence for Oil & Gas Pipelines during the 7th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) held in Kampala, Uganda in October 2014 with the aim of developing human resource capacity for partner states in oil & gas pipelines management, operations and maintenance. The Centre offers the following competency-based technical courses: Pipeline Mechanical Technician; Pipeline Operations Technician; Pipeline Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Technician; Pipeline Laboratory Technologist; Pipeline Legal Officer; and Pipeline Fire Officer. The Institute is already registered by Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority (TVETA) as a competency-based education training institution and its curriculum is the first competency-based curriculum in the history of Kenya.
Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas Director Dr. Jonah Aiyabei (Sitted L), GM Operations & Maintenance Eng. Peter Mbugua (Sitted M) and GM Infrastructure Eng. Audi Okullo (sitted R) during inaugural class