Petrofac - A timeline of our history


Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology (RGIT) delivers essential survival training courses

Established as the School of Navigation, RGIT had been working with Oil Companies and the drilling sector developing and delivering survival training to support the oil, merchant navy, fishing and aviation industries since 1972. The purpose-built RGIT Offshore Survival Centre on King Street, Aberdeen quickly became established as a world leader in survival techniques.


RGIT installs first ever helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) simulator

To ensure that survival training is as realistic as possible, the RGIT team tasks Alex Urquhart (RGIT School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering) with designing a HUET simulator.


Opening of offshore fire training centre establishes a world first for Montrose

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) and 13 major operators agree to develop the world’s first Offshore Fire Training Centre (OFTC) in Montrose.


OFTC grows in significance

The cutting edge Montrose facility becomes the new home of the Petroleum Industry Training Board’s (PITB) Technology Training Centre.


Scottish Offshore Training Association (SCOTA) opens training facility in Altens, Aberdeen


RGIT diversifies into occupational health and also begins to develop a strong reputation in research and development

RGIT began conducting many independent tests/trials on lifesaving & safety equipment and their compatibility. The centre was equipped within an accredited research lab. Customers included Government and industry bodies/Oil/Gas and the military.


PITB is privatised and OPITO emerges

PITB is privatised and the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) is formed. OPITO becomes widely recognised across the industry for setting training standards and ensuring best practice. OFTC becomes a separate entity.


OFTC changes name to Montrose Fire and Emergency Training Centre (MFETC)


MFETC and SCOTA merge to become Montrose Scota Training International (MSTI)


RGIT Montrose is established following merger of RGIT and MSTI

The fire training facility has by now experienced several name changes. But it is RGIT Montrose that becomes synonymous with quality and excellence in fire, health and safety, survival, marine, and major emergency management training.


RGIT Montrose moves survival training operations to Altens, Aberdeen

SCOTA had delivered training from the Altens centre since 1980. RGIT Montrose installs an additional building, housing training pools. All survival training moves here, and Altens becomes a centre of excellence – with the capacity to address all survival training needs in one location


RGIT Montrose acquires trade and assets of Maritime Rescue International

Historically, RGIT Montrose had delivered survival and marine training. To further strengthen the breadth and depth of its maritime portfolio, it acquired Maritime Rescue International, a specialist in fast rescue craft, medical and radio operations training.


Petrofac acquires RGIT Montrose and forms Petrofac Training

Petrofac Training becomes the training and consultancy arm of the Petrofac Group.


Rubicon Response acquisition strengthens ERCM capability

Renowned for devising strategic and robust emergency response management systems, Rubicon Response pioneers the development of the UK’s first dedicated Emergency Response Service Centre (ERSC). Petrofac Training acquires Rubicon Response and continues its work on the ERSC.


Launch of UK’s first ever integrated Emergency Response Service Centre (ERSC)

Petrofac Training opens the ERSC to provide immediate and effective emergency response support to multiple North Sea operators on a 24/7 basis.


Acquisition of Sakhalin training business

Expanding capability through acquisition, our Sakhalin Island base serves one of the most significant oil and gas developments in the world today. Sakhalin provides operations & maintenance training on Sakhalin Island, Russia (PKT companies), and process control & instrumentation services, in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia (PCI companies).


Petrofac Training Services adopts a regional operating structure

Petrofac Training Services becomes the single name for all of the company’s activities – including all safety-related training services and emergency response and crisis management solutions delivered by RGIT Montrose and Rubicon Response.


PTS takes over management of the CPTC, Singapore

Reached an agreement with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to manage and operate the Chemical Process Technology Centre (CPTC). This is a world-class technical training centre in Singapore. CPTC is located on Jurong Island, Singapore and is owned by the EDB.


New training centre opens in Houston to serve Americas business


Competence-based technical training centre opens in Sakhalin Island

The Sakhalin Technical Training Centre (STTC) has been developed to meet an increased demand for competent workforces in Sakhalin and demonstrates Petrofac Training’s commitment to sustainable development for the island.


PTS and Louisiana State University launch the first OPITO approved fire training course in the US

Petrofac Training Services and one of the industry’s largest suppliers of training services, is the first training provider in the United States to be approved to deliver the offshore emergency response team member course to the globally recognised standard from OPITO - The Oil & Gas Academy.


Petrofac Training Services acquires SkillsXP

SkillsXP delivers a holistic view of competence and compliance assurance, while enabling organisations to combine HR management with learning and development in a single integrated solution.


Signing of two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with PETRONAS, the Malaysian National Oil Company

Working in partnership with PETRONAS in the areas of competency development, capability building and education activities. We’ll do this by taking our skills, knowledge and best practise gained from our North Sea and global experience and using them to help develop and enhance the development of the local workforce


PTS signs strategic agreement with SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary

Petrofac Training Services and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to explore new opportunities to collaborate and share information and expertise in technical training, workforce development and nationalisation programmes.


PTS signs strategic agreement with Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Petrofac Training Services and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement (SCA) to share information and expertise in technical training and education, working together to strengthen the skills-base of the international oil and gas sector.


PTS and Raytheon partner to provide "Hi-Con" Training at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and Petrofac Training Services have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver water survival training to the global oil and gas industry. External customers can experience training at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) underwater facility in Houston.