"With the end of the second bidding round on November 29 there would be a significant increase in offshore petroleum exploration activities..," Saliya Wickramasuriya, head of Sri Lanka's Petroleum Development Secretariat told a forum in Colombo Tuesday.
The PRDS and the University Grants Commission, a state agency in charge of tertiary education in Sri Lanka hosted two day workshop to develop a master plan on graduate and post-graduate courses related to a growing oil and gas industry.
The industry requires specialists in petroleum sciences and technology, geophysics, and geochemistry as well as other areas such as economics, risk management, engineering, logistics, information technology, contractual law.
PRDS director benefits Preeni Withanage Sri Lanka should start early in developing local capacity.
The PRDS has a program that encourages the procurement of local services by petroleum companies along with parallel moves to develop capacity.Cairn which, is in talks with the government over monetizing hydrocarbon deposits has brought in Robertson CGG, an oil and gas consultancy, to help Sri Lankan universities develop degree programmes.
Sri Lanka's Peradeniya University is already offering Bachelors and Masters degrees in Petroleum Sciences and Technology and the Moratuwa University has a degree programme in Petroleum Engineering.
The South Eastern University is in talks with universities in Saudi Arabia and the USA to develop a stand-alone faculty, University Grants Commission vice chairman Ranjith Senaratne said.