The American Petroleum Institute (API) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ExxonMobil’s Centre for Local Business Development to establish a framework for collaboration and use of API’s best-in-class programmes to enhance health, safety, security and environmental protection in Guyana’s energy sector.
Over the past two years, API and the Centre have identified opportunities for training that supports local business and workforce development for the oil and natural gas industry and builds the technical capacity of Guyanese firms to compete in the sector.
“The Centre is excited to be taking the next steps in the phased development of Guyanese suppliers from base knowledge of the oil and gas sector to the development of technical knowledge and certifications allowing more local content,” said Dr. Natasha Gaskin-Peters, director of the Centre. “This push into formal standards means Guyanese workers and enterprises will be able to support the long-term growth, operations and maintenance of the sector,” the ExxonMobil Guyana employee added.
Guyana Standard understands that the MoU will pave the way for the expanded training and implementation of API Specifications Q1 and Q2, which are industry-leading quality management systems; allow for the sharing of information and expanded training related to health, safety, security and the environment (HSSE)Develop API-U courses and instructor-led training for Guyanese companies; ensure the implementation of the API Individual Certification Programme in Guyana; and train local businesses on API’s 2D standard series. It will also allow for training for Offshore Pedestal-Mounted Crane Riggers, Operators, and Inspectors and provide updates on regulation affecting the oil industry in Guyana.
The Centre is Guyana’s leading source for oil and natural gas business and industry information, professional development and networking, and policy advocacy. The Centre has also trained hundreds of Guyanese businesses and assisted in the buildout of an oil and natural gas sector in Guyana.
The Centre’s implementing partner is DAI Global and it receives support from ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOCC Ltd.