Center for Oil and Gas steadily moving forward
The Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) conducted a Technical Support Mission at The Center of Studies in Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (CS-OGET) in Maputo from 31 – 1 August, 2017. The mission was supported by Prof. Crispus Kiamba from the College of Architecture and Engineering, University of Nairobi.
CS-OGETis hosted at Eduardo Mondlane University orUniversidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM). Its objective is to be a Regional Center of Excellence for the training and research of national, regional and international reference in O&G Engineering, assisting the country and the region in the development of national and regional capacity in the field. The Center, hosted at UEM’s School of Engineering currently has two programs on offer - MSc in Petroleum Engineering (Upstream) and MSc in Hydrocarbon Processing Engineering (Downstream). In 2018 two more programmes will be introduced; MSc in Safety and Environmental Engineeringfor the Petroleum Industry and Msc in Petroleum Geology and PhD programs in at least 1-2 O&G related fields.
The Petroleum engineering program at UEM started in 2013. Two of the graduates from the program are now in Houston, USA working for Anardako, and another two are in Norway pursuing their PhD studies. Some of the private and public sector players participating in the exploration for oil and gas in Mozambique include Sasol, Technip, Exxon Mobil, Anadarko, ENI and Shell. CS-OGET is already in partnership with most of these companies. For example eight students are currently being trained at MSc level in Italy and China, under an agreement with ENI to train UEM Junior Professors in the Oil and Gas field (engineering and geociences). Sasol, will equally support training of at least 10 students. Institutional Partners include Pennsylvania State University, Texas Tech University, Colorado School of Mines, among others.
The Center of Excellence enrolled its first cohort of students in February 2017 totaling 30 students, including one regional student (Zimbabwe) and one International student(Portugal). Port Harcourt University of Nigeria, which hosts a Center of Excellence in Oil Field Chemicals will fully fund Mozambican students to pursue their post-graduate studies at Port Harcourt.
CS-OGET has already developed achitectural designs of a three-storey structure, to be named Complex Pedagogical 3, which will serve as the main offices of the Center of Excellence. The plot of land where the offices are to be built was generously provided by UEM.
Mozambique was declared effective by the World Bank on 14 March 2017. In the interim, UEM management has appointed a committee to support the Center Leader in managing the activities of the Center until substantive staff are appointed. The Center Leader reports directly to the Rector/Vice Chancellor. It is anticipated that all key staff will be in place by the end of 2017. “It is a new program and we need to start well,” said Dr. Luis Lucas, the Center Leader of CS-OGET. You can read more about CS-OGET on their website csoget.uem.mz