The training launched in Kampala on Tuesday a training of welders in Buliisa and Lwengo Districtswill ensure that Ugandans from the Albertine region and East African Crude Oil Pipeline areas get employed.
Total E&P Uganda (TEPU), one of the oil and gas exploration companies is to train two hundred welders to take jobs in oil and gas sector in the Albertine Graben.
The training launched in Kampala on Tuesday, for welders in Buliisa and Lwengo Districts will ensure that Ugandans from the Albertine region and East African Crude Oil Pipeline areas get employed.
The training comes amidst concerns that majority of the welders existing in the market cannot match the skills required for projects like the refinery and pipelines in Oil and gas.
Trainees graduating from training to be conducted over the next twenty four months will be part of the pool of internationally certified welders of the American Welding Society Standard.
Total E&P Uganda General Manager, Adewale Fayemi told journalists in Kampala that Total considers national content as key for the success of its operations.
The oil exploration companies are required to comply with the local and national content requirement by ensuring that Ugandan registered companies and locals participate in the industry at all stage. Companies are re
Fayemi said Total's plan is to maximize the use of local manpower, local goods and service providers in line with the National Content regulations.
He noted that Uganda's oil and gas project is moving steadily into the development phase and that a strategy has been developed to strengthen the National content potential and the ability for local companies to compete favorably.
Fayemi revealed that a lot of technicians will be needed for the project a lot during the development phase.
He said it 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.
"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 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.
The East Africa Crude Oil pipeline is expected to go through Hoima , Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo and Kyotera districts to connect to the Tanzanian side of the pipeline running up to Tanga.
Bulisa is expected to host the Central Processing Facilities to be used to extracts water, associated gas and other impurities such as sand and additives used to enhance petroleum production. Construction of the Central Processing Facility (CPF), Crude Oil Pipeline and refinery will initially require welders.
Ugandan Companies, Q-Training also known as the The Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) and E360 Group Ltd are conducting the training .
The two companies have been providing manpower services for the past ten years, serving clients in large multi - national 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.