To be called the Petroleum Institute, the college will be managed by the US’ Colorado School of Mines. The project is estimated to cost AED 250 million-300 million ($68 million-82 million) and will be completed by early 2004. The institute will offer five engineering courses: chemical, mechanical, petroleum, electrical and petroleum geoscience engineering.

The main contract on the project will cover the construction of five buildings for the academic courses, a resource centre, administrative buildings, roads and landscaping and related mechanical, electrical and plumbing works. The institute will provide courses

for up to 120 students. ADNOC will build the facilities in partnership with Japan

Oil Development Company, France’s TotalFinaElf, the UK’s BP and the Royal/Dutch Shell Group.

The US’ NBBJ Sports & Entertainment Partnership has prepared the design and is the consultant on the project. The institute will be an independent legal entity and have a governing council with a board of directors to be approved by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council (MEED 27:4:01).