Total E&P Uganda have announced that they will train at least 200 Ugandan youths in welding in preparation for works in the Albertine region and along the East African crude oil pipeline route.
Speaking at a press conference in Kampala, Total E&P Uganda’s general manager, Adewale Fayemi, said their plan is to maximize the use of local manpower, goods and service providers, which is in line with the local content regulations.
Uganda’s oil and gas sector is entering the production stage, with the oil refinery and pipeline some of the big projects expected to start soon. The training will, therefore, initially benefit welders from Nwoya, Masindi, Nebbi, Buliisa and Hoima, as well as the districts along the pipeline route including Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Rakai.
Fayemi noted that the six-month training will be conducted by Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) in Ntinda and E360 Group Ltd in Muyenga. He said these companies are expected to perform technical training and certification of the candidates up to 2G and 4G coded welding levels in line with the industry standards and health, safety and environment training.
Following the training, Total will ensure that the certified welders are taken on in preparation for the development phase of the project. Fayemi also said that a lot of technicians will be needed during the development phase; so, they are liable to train and certify technicians such as welders to enhance their knowledge and skills and ensure that the highest standards of safety are met.
To ensure that the desired quality of candidates is attained, the program’s implementation is going to be closely monitored by GIZ, a German development agency.
“Due to the highly technical nature of the industry, quality and safety cannot be compromised,” Fayemi said.
The executive director of Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Ernest Rubondo commended Total for undertaking the initiative to identify a Ugandan institution to undertake training of certified welders.
“This effort will significantly immerse the participation of Ugandans in the oil and gas sector, which the government of Uganda considers to be an extremely important aspect of oil and gas sector,” Rubondo said.
He added that trainees will not only qualify to work in Uganda, they will also be in position to work in other parts of the world without limitation.
“Therefore, this program is going to put welders in place to certify and work in the oil and gas sector and there is a strong demand for these welders in addition to their skills.”