Academic Backup

Oct 23, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s petroleum exploration office and the university system are looking to expand petroleum related courses as the country’s oil and gas industry is beginning to taking off, officials said. 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.

There is already one working exploration block operated by Cairn India which may start producing by 2017 and another bidding round is expected to conclude next months for more offshore blocks.

“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