Visited FMC Technologies
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon concluded his official visit to St. Petersburg today with a short visit to FMC Technologies. The Norwegian company is a leading global supplier of solutions for subsea oil and gas production.
FMC Technologies established activities in Russia in 2009, with a head office in Moscow. In St. Petersburg, the company collaborates on competence-building with St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and has established an educational centre, the FMC Polytechnic Center, on the campus. Here, students who have completed a Masters degree in mechanical engineering may take a six-month course in subsea technology. Subsequently, those who qualify may continue with a 12–18 month trainee programme at company headquarters in Kongsberg, Norway. Individuals who complete the programme are offered a position at FMCs Engineering Center in St. Petersburg.
Crown Prince Haakon was given a presentation of the companys background during his visit to the offices near the Winter Palace. Two employees provided him with their insights into the research cooperation and what it is like to be a young Russian engineer in a Norwegian company.
FMC Technologies has delivered all the subsea equipment for Russias first purely subsea field: Gazproms Kirinskoye field off Sakhalin in the easternmost part of the country. The field was opened in 2013, and the system will produce gas from six wells. The installation is the first of its kind in Russia.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.