UTM-MPRC Institute for Oil and Gas started as a Petroleum Industry Training Committee (JLPP) in 1985. Members of the committee were PETRONAS, Factory and Machinery Department, Local Consulting Departments, the gas industry local entrepreneurs and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Prior to the establishment as a services and research institute, it is known as Gas Technology Centre (GASTEG) and was officially launched by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Mustafa Mohamed on the 2nd of July 1997.
The centre was being upgraded as a full-pledge service and research institute in 2013 in recognition of its awarded status as the industrial centre of excellence (ICoE) under the purview of Resource Sustainability, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in the Oil and Gas Cluster by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2013. Inline with its establishment, the institute has planned a wide range of activities and actively recruiting professionals in the development of gas industry.
HISTORY OF UTM-MPRC INSTITUTE FOR OIL AND GAS
UTM-MPRC Institute for Oil & Gas is formerly known as GASTEG. It is a centre of excellence (CoE) aimed to promote research and services by its rendered academic and technology arm, inoculate engineering excellence and solving industrial problems by innovative means.
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To provide comprehensive platform in the professional training, accredited laboratory services, consultancy, product development, dissemination of knowledge and R&D for the development of oil, gas and energy sectors.
A global knowledge-based centre of reference for oil, gas and energy industry.
To emerge as a progressive global hub in the manpower training program, innovative research, product development, and centre of referencing in the oil, gas and energy sectors by inculcating its culture of excellence.
With an estimates of 98 TCF (Malaysia Energy Statistic Handbook, ST, 2015) gas reserves offshore along the Malaysian coast region, a wide range of industrial opportunities become prominence. Malaysia has entered the Gas Era with the implementation of the PETRONAS owned Peninsular Gas Utilization Project (PGU) in 1984, which benefits the residential, commercial, four-fuel diversification policy also gives a momentum to increase the usage of natural gas. The result of growing gas utilization is the development of private and local companies and legal bodies which are directly involved in promoting this industry
Currently, the number of institutions offering professional training, research development, technical and accredited laboratory services in the gas industry is limited by numbers, thus the existence of organization responsible for coordinating and implementing the technical needs is highly required.
Based on the aforementioned statement, UTM has taken lead to form The Institute for Oil and Gas to become the coordination centre for the local and international professionals in the oil, gas and energy industries. The Institute for Oil and Gas is an accredited training centre for professionals in oil, gas and energy industry by Energy Commission of Malaysia (ST) and had acquired the accredited certification for its laboratory services under the ISO 17025 scheme for its petroleum and product testing