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12/03/2018 Press release

Total empowers Ugandans in the Albertine Region to participate in the oil & gas sector

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Kampala, 13 March 2018

Total E&P Uganda, the lead company on the Tilenga Project has today launched a training of welders in Buliisa and Lwengo Districts. The training is aimed at improving the employability of Ugandans from the Albertine region and East African Crude Oil Pipeline areas.

The training will develop a domestic pool of internationally certified welders of the American Welding Society Standard. The training will be held over the course of at least 24 weeks and will initially benefit 200 welders from Nwoya, Masindi, Nebbi, Buliisa and Hoima, as well as the districts along the pipeline route, to include Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Kyotera.

While speaking at a press conference today, Total E&P Uganda General Manager Adewale Fayemi said, “In all its operations worldwide, Total considers national content as key for the success of its operations and Total E&P Uganda is no exception. Therefore our plan is to maximise the use of local manpower, local goods and service providers. This indeed is in line with the National Content regulations.” 

“Uganda’s oil and gas project is moving steadily into the development phase and a strategy has been developed to strengthen the national content potential and the ability for local companies to compete favorably. During the development phase, a lot of technicians will be needed for the project. It is therefore essential to train and certify technicians such as welders to enhance their knowledge and skills required to not only meet the demands of the project but also ensure that the highest standards of safety are considered. Due to the highly technical nature of the industry, quality and safety cannot compromised”, Fayemi added.

“We are also very pleased to partner with GIZ, the German development agency with whom we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which it will use its expertise and experience in capacity building programmes to closely monitor the project’s implementation. This will ensure the desired quality of candidates is attained from the yearlong programme”, Fayemi added.

The training will be conducted by two Ugandan companies Q-Training also known as the The Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) and E360 Group Ltd. The two companies have commendable experience in providing manpower services for the past ten years, serving clients in large multinational companies in the region. 

Two central locations have been identified to conduct the training: Buliisa district for candidates from the Albertine districts and Lwengo district for candidates from the pipeline districts. The trainers will perform technical training and certification of candidates up to 2G and 4G coded welding levels in line with the industry standards and health, safety and environment training among others. Following the training, Total will ensure that the certified welders are taken on in preparation for the development phase of the project.

Calls for applications to the training will be made through radio advertisements on local stations, vocational training institutes, district officials and local government offices. To download the application form, please visit: https://tasc.co.ug/total-ep-welder-training-certification-program/

Total E&P Uganda is progressing steadily towards the achievement of a final investment decision in 2018 and towards first oil about 36 months later. The construction and development phase of the project is expected to involve an increase in the company’s activities within the Albertine region and along the pipeline route which will require the recruitment of well trained and certified technical personnel.  

About Total in Uganda
Total has been present in Uganda since 1955 through its marketing operations, and has more 125 stations countrywide. Total E&P Uganda is an upstream affiliate which is leading the development activities towards production in the Tilenga project area - Exploration Area 1 (EA-1) and Exploration Area 2 North (EA-2N) within the Albertine Region. 

About Total
Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and Total Solar. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.