American multinational, ExxonMobil, disclosed today that more than 20 Guyanese will soon be heading for the Liza Destiny floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel following their completion of a training programme that lasted for 18 months in Canada.
The company said that the locals will be employed by Destiny operator SBM Offshore, in support of ExxonMobil and its partners, to produce Guyana’s oil and gas.
In light of this development, ExxonMobil Guyana President Alistair Routledge said, “We are delighted with the commitment and progress of the trainees during the programme in Canada and pleased to have more Guyanese joining the offshore oil and gas operations in such highly-skilled roles. Growing local content and providing meaningful employment opportunities for Guyanese and Guyanese companies is a priority for ExxonMobil.”
SBM Offshore Country Manager Herve Laurioux believes the programme demonstrates SBM Offshore’s and ExxonMobil’s commitment to ensure that Guyanese are meaningfully engaged in every aspect of their work in the country.
“SBM Offshore welcomes the new technicians to our team in Guyana. We are happy to see them join our Guyanese workforce, and proud to see them participate in our long-term commitment to the country,” Laurioux said.
Further to this, ExxonMobil was keen to note that initially, the trainees were introduced to basic systems training in four disciplines: electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, and operations. This was followed by hands-on work in a classroom setting and now they will put their training to work on the FPSO where they will be mentored by experienced experts from SBM Offshore and other business partners.
Guyana Standard understands that the development model for operations and maintenance employees is designed for trainees to advance from trainee technician to fully qualified technician over a period of time with certification and validation checkpoints along the way. ExxonMobil was keen to note that these Guyanese crew members will replace experienced international workers over the coming years.