TVET instructors in oil and gas workshop.

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─ to receive training in oil and gas health, safety, security and environment

─ objectives are to enable participants to understand the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production

─ implement strategies to upgrade health, safety, security, and environment competencies at t

The Centre for Local Business Development (CLDB) began a series of oil and gas, health, safety, security and environment workshops for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) instructors.

At today’s workshop, Senior Business Specialist at Development Alternatives, Incorporated (DAI) Natasha Gaskin-Peters, said similar exercises were held in Linden in July and at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) from August 7-8. Today’s workshop was held at the Government Technical Institute (GTI).

According to Gaskin-Peters, DAI was requested by ExxonMobil to manage the CLDB and conduct an initial assessment of the TVET centres and institutions to identify areas where development would be needed. This began in November of 2017 and saw the assessment of seven centres and institutes in total.

The series of workshops this year, therefore, form the first part of that capacity building initiative.

Peters added that the oil discovered at the Stabroek Block and the announcement of about 750,000 barrels of oil per day by Exxon, would include five Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FSPO’s) vessels which will need workers.

“So, with five FSPO’s and offload vessels, the technical institutions will play an integral part within that process because they will be supplying some of the technicians, the fitters and welders and so forth that will be working on those FPSO’s.”

The workshop will give an introductory course to oil and gas and will address the value chains within the oil and gas industry, the opportunities for the technical institute graduates, local content, and the opportunities for Guyanese as a whole. Peters also said that it will address safety and look at health and safety modules.

The objectives of the exercise are to enable the participants to understand the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production in Guyana and implement strategies to upgrade health, safety, security, and environment competencies at their institutions.

Stephon Gabriel

Images: Jules Gibson

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DSC_0627: DAI Senior Business Specialist, Natasha Gaskin-Peters

DSC_0651: Lecturers/Instructors of technical institutes present at the workshop

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