April 16, 2016
Two new $20 million hubs to be used for international research and training in offshore oil and gas have been officially launched at The University of Western Australia (UWA). The hubs are part of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Programme. “The hubs will be powerful tools for connecting research and industry with the partnership providing a competitive edge for products, processes and services,” UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Robyn Owens, said. “They will be a unique training environment and will provide a highly skilled workforce with the expertise to unlock Australia’s energy resources and strengthen our contribution to the global energy engineering business,” she said.
The ARC Training Centre for LNG Futures will receive $9.6 million in combined funding from ARC and nine industry partners. The centre will focus on cost effective LNG production, at all scales, in remote or deep-water locations, with 11 industry-driven research projects planned across a five year period and training for 12 PhD students and five research fellows.
The ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities will help ensure Australia plays a leading role in future offshore energy developments across the globe. With $10 million in combined funding from the ARC and four industry partners—Shell, Woodside, Lloyd’s Register and Bureau Veritas—the hub will address the critical engineering challenges associated with Australia’s next generation of offshore oil and gas projects, which will require innovative floating facilities.