Company supports UMAT's oil, gas training plan (Monday, March 15, 2010 pg 55)

The University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa has received a $500,000 Process Simulator from the Emerson Process Management(EPM)|, a multinational industrial plant manufacturing firm, to enhance the school’s oil and gas training programme.
The equipment also known as the Emerson Plantweb Cruiser demonstrates the different processes in oil extraction.
The two institutions also signed a Memorandum of Understanding which enjoins the EPM to provide technical support to the school in the area of manning the equipment and curricula development while the school is to ensure that the equipment is to be used only for the training of students.
The General Manager of EPM, Africa, Mr Mark Tapson signed the document on behalf of his company while the Vice-Chancellor of UMAT, Prof Daniel Mireku-Gyimah signed it for the UMAT.
Presenting an artist impression of the equipment , Mr Tapson said his outfit was committed to ensuring that Ghana had the right caliber of human resource when the oil industry take off in Ghana.
He said the EPM would make its expertise available every five years to maintain and retool the equipment while other experts would also be available to train the students and lecturers on the use of the equipment.
He noted that the company was committed to empowering the youth to take advantage of the emerging jobs in the oil and gas industry when the sector becomes functional.
He observed that this was the first time a school in any part of the world had any such equipment on its own. “Although its available to other schools around the world, they lease it.”
Prof Mireju-Gyimah for his part commended the company for its initiative saying “this will ensure that our school is up to date with the technologies that run the oil industry.
He said the equipment would strengthen the school’s oil and gas laboratory and ensure that the school produces the right caliber of personnel for the oil and gas industry.
“This is indeed welcoming news as the school cannot afford the equipment on its own.”
He pledged the school’s commitment to ensuring that the equipment was used for the purpose for which it was donated.


  1. Thanks for sharing this news, Seth! I hadn't seen it yet through our internal Emerson communications channels.

    I hope it helps bring more bright minds into our worlds of process manufacturing and process automation.

    Take it easy, Jim


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