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Welders, Electricians Graduate To Work In Oil Industry

By Busiinge George 

A total number of 220 students have attained internationally recognized certificates in vocational studies under the Youth Employment Enhancement Project (YEEP) at St Simon Vocational Institute in Hoima.

The training was supported by Skills for Eastern Africa Program (E4D/SOGA), Q-Souring, in partnership with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and other partners.

Out of the 220, 20 are artisans trained in 3G coded welding certified by American Welding Society, 50 in Welding, Fabrication and Pipework certified by City and Guilds, 30 attained certificates in Electrical Engineering while 120 studied Scaffolding Erection.

Speaking at the ceremony this afternoon, Hajati Safina Musene, the Commissioner Business, Technical and Vocational Education (BTVET), who represented the Ministry Of Energy And Mineral Development Irene Muloni, commended supporting partners in promoting skilling of Ugandans.

Musene added that Uganda is currently among the countries in the world with the highest number of young population of below 30 years. She further added that government is working to  put in place legal and policy measures to address unemployment challenge.

Government in 2008 put in place the National Oil and Gas Policy in order to provide legal and regulatory framework to govern the development of the country’s discovered oil and gas resources.

Reverand Fr.Joseph Bigirwa the Director of St .Simon Peters Vocational Training Centre challenged the graduates to remember that skills development is here to stay  and therefore they have to strive to develop professionally to international standards.

He said the oil and gas sector will at peak create 160,000 jobs and the biggest number of them will be artisans. According to Honney Malinga of Petroleum Authority Uganda, the country is still facing a challenge of limited skilled personnel to work in the Oil and Gas sector but asked ladies to embrace these courses.

John Steven Ekomu, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner while officiating the graduation ceremony said the 2008 National oil and Gas policy has provided an enabling environment for the development of the sector.  


CNOOC Launches Welders Certification Program

The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janat Kataaha Museveni last week launched the Welders Certification Program as part of efforts to bring Ugandans to the job market in the Oil and Gas sector.

This is part of CNOOC Uganda’s efforts to train, skill and certify Ugandans, especially those in the Albertine region, as well as equip them with necessary skills and certification to participate in the budding Oil and Gas industry.

Mr. Zhao Shunqiang, President, CNOOC Uganda, said one of the ways his firm can be relevant and useful to the people in host communities is by enabling them to be competitive in the job market by giving them industry related training and certification.

Mr. Zhao added that the program comes at an opportune time when there are opportunities in the upstream, midstream and other industries associated with oil and gas like the petrochemical industry. All these require specialist welders and other certified personal.

The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked CNOOC for this initiative which shows commitment to National Content promotion. She expressed gratefulness for the oil and gas sector’s support to the education sector in Uganda.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Irene Muloni remarked that they are committed to produce oil at the best cost using the locally available goods and services. ‘Training welders is the first step towards achieving that goal,” she said.

The Pilot Project will see 30 Welders certified in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) ISO 9606 Certification for 1G (common for rotating pipes), 2G (horizontal position welding) and 3G (vertical position welding), which will last for 60 days, starting in July to September 2018 at the Sunmaker Oil & Gas Training Institute in Bugolobi, Kampala. 

The institutions involved include; Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK), Uganda technical College-Kichwamba, St. Simon Peters Vocational Technical Institute, Nile Vocational Institute, Kyema Uganda Technical College.

As part of the sponsorship, CNOOC Uganda Limited will cover all students’ tuition and living out costs during at the Sunmaker Oil & Gas Training Institute.

Welding, as a major occupation in oil and gas is both crucial and relevant and gives an opportunity to the graduates to participate in the industry and other areas that require specialized welding capabilities. 

This training initiative is in compliance with the National Content Regulation 17 and 21 that requires IOCs to train Ugandans and empower local citizens through capacity building in order to contribute to the oil and gas industry.



Equatorial Guinea Orders Cancellation Of CHC Helicopters Contracts

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea has mandated all petroleum operators including but not limited to Noble Energy, Exxon Mobil, Kosmos Energy, Trident, Marathon Oil Corporation and other operators to cancel all contracts with Canadian-based CHC Helicopters, due to noncompliance of Equatorial Guinea's national content regulations. 

"It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to ensure strict compliance to our country's National Content Regulation of the Hydrocarbons Law," said H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

"These laws are in place to protect and promote local industry, create jobs for citizens, promote the sustainable development of our country, and we are aggressively monitoring and enforcing the compliance of these requirements." 

Oil companies operating in Equatorial Guinea have been given 60 days to unwind contracts and find new suppliers, with only those companies in compliance with the local content provisions established in 2014 allowed to bid for contracts. 

A compliance review of the entire sector is ongoing led by the Director of National Content and outside legal advisors of the Ministry.  The notice will be expanded to all service companies who are non-compliant as the review continues. Similar measures will be taken. 

Under the National Content Regulation of 2014, all agreements must have local content clauses and provisions for capacity building, with preference given to local companies in the award of service contracts. Local shareholders must be part of every contract as prescribed by law. The operators have an obligation to ensure compliance of their subcontractors. 

"We are eager to work with international companies who partner with Equatorial Guinea in the development of our industry," said the Minister. "But we expect all companies operating in Equatorial Guinea to follow the laws of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. As Minister, I will not hesitate to enforce the law to ensure compliance".

GE Power Releases Whitepaper On Digitization of Energy Transmission & Distribution in Africa

As Africa faces emerging opportunities to help deliver efficient, affordable and reliable electricity to consumers, GE Power's Grid Solutions business unveiled a whitepaper on the "Digitization of Energy Transmission & Distribution in Africa."

The paper explores the opportunities and challenges faced in Sub-Saharan Africa as the new future of energy and electrification emerges.  The paper also looks at the role of smart technology to transform grids as they continue to reflect the changes in the way energy is generated, distributed, traded, managed and stored. 

Co-authored by the Strategic Marketing unit of GE Power in Sub-Saharan Africa and Energy & Environment Research Analysts of Frost & Sullivan, the white paper presents several challenges that affect energy access and power supply stability in Africa. They include inadequate power generation but more significantly, low levels of electrification caused primarily by faulty, aged or wrong setup of transmission and distribution infrastructure. 

With the digital transformation of the energy sector rapidly gaining traction on a global scale, new opportunities are emerging to help deliver efficient, affordable and reliable electricity to consumers.

According to the whitepaper, smart grids can create the potential to combat SSA's power sector challenges, and provide the opportunity for the region to develop its energy capabilities and, therefore its energy security as well as security of supply

The digital transformation of grids allows users to take a holistic approach to achieve efficiency, flexibility, transparency and long-term sustainability.

Information Communication Technology Integration will support real-time or deferred bi-directional data transmission that will enable stakeholders to efficiently manage the grid through increased speed and volume of data output, providing utilities the opportunity to maximize cost reductions, increase power reliability and increase customer satisfaction

Wide Area Monitoring and Control ensures visibility into the power systems to observe the performance of grid components allowing for major cost-saving benefits associated with predictive maintenance and self-diagnosis.

Smart technology like Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), Advanced metering infrastructure and grid automation ensure seamless transition and integration of renewable generation or micro-grids where necessary; predictive maintenance in distributed grids to reduce outages; and effective revenue management.

"Transmission and distribution networks are seen to be the weakest links in Africa's power systems and hence represent a huge opportunity area for improvement," said Lazarus Angbazo, CEO, GE's Grid Solutions business, Sub Saharan Africa. "Going forward, there is a need to move beyond simply maintaining and repairing aged infrastructure.

To truly advance the power sector, a holistic approach needs to be adopted; one that ensures sustainability, reliability and longevity of power supply. By utilizing internet of things (IoT) technology, the smarter grids of tomorrow will deliver all-encompassing solutions based on the convergence of operating technology (OT) with information technology (IT) and incorporating emerging concepts such as distributed generation and energy storage," he further added. 

Smart grids will play a key role in the region's transition to a sustainable energy system through facilitating smooth integration of new energy sources; promoting interoperability between all types of equipment; enabling the growth of distributed generation and its potential incorporation into the main grid; supporting demand-side management; and providing flexibility and visibility of the entire grid. GE's grid solutions six-step process highlighted in the whitepaper will help utilities along the digitization journey of their energy infrastructure.

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