Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) will set up a center to train workers in the energy and natural gas industry at Ruppin Technological College for an investment of NIS 12 million. The center will open in October 2014 and will offer training for technicians in the natural gas industry, and workshops, and seminars for the Israeli market.
Noble Energy will offer the knowhow for building a training program, provide guest speakers, and equipment.
"The start of gas flow from Tamar in April 2013 boosted demand for qualified workers in the oil and gas industry. The new center's training programs are intended to meet this growth in demand, as the conversion to natural gas continues, and the Leviathan field is developed," said Noble Energy.
Ruppin College general manager Tami Zukerman said, "We welcome the collaboration with one of the world's largest energy companies and its willingness to invest knowhow and experience for the training of skilled workers for Israel's natural gas industry."
Israel's natural gas industry is expected to employ thousands of skilled workers at onshore and offshore facilities, pipelines and other infrastructures, and at enterprises. The training program was jointly developed by the Ministry of the Economy and the Natural Gas Authority on the assessment that at least 3,000 skilled workers will be needed by the industry over the next five years.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 24, 2014
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