Emerson: MoU with Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi
Deal sees Emerson support long-term research and development
Emerson Process Management has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi (PI), a world-class Abu Dhabi-based institute dedicated to developing the future leaders of the oil and gas industry and providing long-term research and development for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Under the terms of the MoU, Emerson will support the PI engineering programs through technology transfers, and development programs that bring industry and academia together.
The MoU, which will be in effect for 4 years with the option for annual renewal, came about as a result of a recommendation by Abdul Munim Saif Al-Kindy, CEO of Abu Dhabi Company for On Shore Oil Operations (ADCO) and Deputy Chairman of PI, following discussions with Emerson Process Management personnel at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2010 exhibition.
The MoU was signed by Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management and Dr. Ismail Tag, acting president and provost of PI on January 16, at a formal ceremony at Emerson's facility in Abu Dhabi attended by Dr. Ebrahim Al Hajri, assistant professor at PI and other senior representatives from both parties.
"Emerson is strongly committed to developing the skills base and capacities of the Abu Dhabi oil & gas industry. We are very interested in investigating where we can contribute to PI's R&D efforts in the area of engineering through practical research applications," said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. "We aim to further enhance PI's excellent engineering programs and provide students with a challenging curriculum that leads to development work benefiting both parties."
Emerson will provide joint seminars, workshops and training courses in automation, control and instrumentation and offer PI students summer internship opportunities and field trips to manufacturing plants, assembly plants and service centers. Emerson will also donate a life-sized plant representation with a functioning control system and instrumentation.
In addition, the MoU involves the provision of a tailored program to PI students utilising Emerson's PlantWeb University and Control Loop Foundation courses with the capacity to track progress and provide formal qualifications. Emerson's accredited Flow Calibration and Service facility in Abu Dhabi - the first and only one of its kind in the Middle East - will be used to support PI's R&D and graduation projects.
Under the terms of the MoU, PI will provide infrastructure and space for the permanent installation of the donated equipment and will promote the courses and seminars internally and, if required, externally to any of the ADNOC group of companies.
The MoU underscores Emerson's commitment to capacity building in the Middle East region and improving its long-term relationship with the PI and the ADNOC group of companies.