US$20m petroleum training facility launched

Sep 11, 2022 by admin in  Oil & Gas

Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d), the Honourable Mark Phillips, said the Government intends to continuously bolster investments in human capital to build local content capacity and foster a sustainable future for all Guyanese.

He made the remarks while attending the official launch of the US$20m 3T EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence and graduation ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.

The launch of the petroleum training facility, the Prime Minister noted, would enhance Guyana’s human resource development.

“A crucial factor to the success of our nation lies in our people. We must ensure that we utilise the benefits of the oil and gas sector to build a bright future for this, the next generation of Guyanese and beyond. To do that, we must undertake a culture of ownership, a culture where our local content – our people – can thrive and that includes within the workforce itself.”

The training facility, Guyana’s premier in-country, state-of-the-art facility is a collaborative venture between 3t EnerMech, Orinduik Development Incorporated and Windsor Technologies.

Persons will be taught through blended learning software and technology, and via fully immersive simulators for high-hazard activity learning.


Prime Minister Phillips, during his address, lauded the drive and innovation of the facility and those responsible for its establishment.

“As the first entity with approval to deliver OPITO (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation)-accredited training to the oil and gas sector in Guyana, our human resources are now strengthened at a global standard to actively and competently participate in the building of this new and abundant area of the country. With an industry that requires high skills and knowledge, it is reassuring to know that these capacities can be imparted to our people without having to leave their home soil.”


The Senior Government Official added that the “benefit of strong partnerships can never be understated, for these are the binds that allow goals that may otherwise seem unattainable to be achieved”.

He said that the Government would collaborate with 3t EnerMech to offer a blended technical and vocational training programme for Guyanese interested in careers in the oil and gas industry through the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL).

“Our Government has continually engaged in the training of our workforce to be able to occupy positions in the oil and gas sector and contribute to the building of this sector, which extends to the development of Guyana. In the past, much of this training was conducted away from home, but today, and from hereon, our people will be able to access such training right here in Guyana.”

In conjunction with the launch, the graduation ceremony, for the first group of students, was also held.

To this end, the Prime Minister charged the graduates to put their skills to use.

“I congratulate the first cohort of participants who underwent training at this facility. May you take your skills and put them to their fullest use as you proceed in your daily tasks of helping to build a better Guyana.”

He said that as a people, Guyana’s success depends on proper resource management, transparency and accountability.

The training programme provides a level one qualification from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and is divided into three phases: pre-learning assessment and safe passport, which are completed online, and the technical pathway, which is the practical journey, which is completed at the 3T EnerMech headquarters.

Rebranded energy conference emphasises transformation, modernisation

Jan 18, 2024

THE foremost energy conference in Guyana has been rebranded as the ‘Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo’. This year, the conference will prioritise the pursuit of transformation and modernisation.

This is according to Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo, Kurt Baboolall who, in a telephone interview, told the Guyana Chronicle that the goal this year will be to make the expo a family-oriented one set to foster learning.

Giving some background on the rebranding of the conference, Baboolall stated that in Guyana, the income from energy resources is being used to develop all other sectors across the country, and as such, it was important that this be highlighted.

In light of this, he further emphasised that the energy sector is dependent on various other sectors to ensure its efficiency and functionality. Consequently, recognising the interdependence between the energy and other sectors, the team deemed it essential to take action.

However, with this in mind, the theme for this year’s conference is, “Fuelling Transformation and Modernisation.”

“So, we have seen a lot of transformative projects starting in Guyana since we started to lift oil in 2020. So that’s one of the reasons we thought that fuelling transformation would be more aligned with what’s relevant and happening in Guyana right now,” he said.

When asked about plans for this year’s conference, he stated that the goal this year is to make the expo a family-oriented one, as energy is currently the driving force of the country’s economy.

Baboolall told this newspaper that he believes that everyone should be included, and as such, the exhibition will be built to include everyone. It was then that he noted that kids could attend the conference free of cost, once accompanied by an adult.

Added to this, he noted that the conference, which will be hosted at the Guyana Marriott Hotel from February 19th to February 22nd, 2024, will feature a new attraction: an international food court.

This food court will provide patrons with an array of food options from across the world and even indigenous dishes from Guyana.

“Persons coming to the expo, it’s diverse; we have international attendees, we have regional attendees, and we have locals. We want to be able to illustrate culture through cuisine, so that’s going to be our theme for the international food court,” Baboolall expressed.

Further to this, he noted the expo will be built so that attendees can learn about what’s happening in the sector and with players in the energy market.

He added that throughout the days of the conference and expo, those in attendance will learn about energy, the energy players, the supply chain, and even companies that provide support to the energy sector.

“We want people to leave with value in terms of learning, you must come, learn about something, the energy players, learn about where they fit in the sector,” he iterated.

In line with the commitment to education, Baboolall announced that there will be a prominent display at the conference and expo entrance, showcasing the remarkable journey of oil in Guyana.

In the context of the conference, he mentioned that the agenda includes more than 66 speakers, including several heads of state who have already confirmed their attendance.

Among these are the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani; the President of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi; the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley; and Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Phillip Davis, among others.

Guyana’s Head of State, President, Dr Irfaan Ali, Vice-President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, and Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips will also be in attendance.

From a global private sector perspective, the CEO added Pulitzer prize-winning author and long-time energy and economic consultant, Daniel Yergin will be in attendance.

Further to this, Baboolall encouraged those who are desirous of attending Guyana’s premier energy conference and expo to register at


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Foreign Secretary, Exxon Boss discuss Guyana’s sustainable oil operations, local empowerment at Houston event

May 08, 2024

By Kiana Wilburg

CEO Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo

Guyana’s Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud and President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge participated in a panel discussion on Tuesday titled, “Bridging Oceans: Guyana’s New Horizon” hosted in collaboration with the Greater Houston Partnership and Guyana Business Journal.

The event was held at the Crystal Ballroom At the Rice Tower in Houston, Texas.

Moderated by Wazim Mowla, Associate Director of the Atlantic Council’s Caribbean Initiative, the roundtable discussion also saw participation from John Cypher, VP of International Investment & Trade, Greater Houston Partnership. Also present were Head of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Kester Hutson and Dr Terrence Blackman, Founder of the Guyana Business Journal.

The Foreign Secretary noted that Guyana has come a far way since the first page was written on its oil and gas story in the 90s.

“But where we are going is an even more exciting story,” said the official, adding that the vision for Guyana’s trajectory is perfectly outlined in the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) 2030.

“Should we hit oil, we have always thought of what model we should emulate…in ensuring that oil is not a curse but a bane of development for traditional industries as well as new ones.

“The activities in the oil sector, and the revenues we make, we intend to use that to create new opportunities while planning beyond its end. And that is captured perfectly in our LCDS …,” the Foreign Secretary said.

During his contribution, ExxonMobil Guyana’s President, Alistair Routledge was keen to note that his company sees the development of Guyana’s hydrocarbon resources as an opportunity to ensure prosperity for all stakeholders involved.

“Since  the discovery of oil in 2015, we have felt a strong connection with the people of Guyana in working towards this goal …and we have US$55 billion in investments for Guyana and have already spent around US$30B,” Routledge said.

The ExxonMobil official also underscored the importance of the company’s commitment to ensuring all Guyanese benefit not just from resource revenue but from opportunities for employment and technology transfer.

He said it was evident in the beginning that Guyana lacked certain capabilities to tackle opportunities in the sector. To overcome those shortcomings, he said Exxon committed to investing in local content to ensure Guyanese are at the forefront of supporting the industry.

“To date, we have had 1,700 local companies supporting the industry and that to me speaks volumes about the entrepreneurial spirit of Guyanese…,” Routledge said. He noted that ExxonMobil remains committed to helping local companies not only thrive but also become globally competitive.

Diaspora support

Foreign Secretary Persaud also noted the invaluable contributions that can be made to Guyana’s development story by members of the diaspora.

He shared that the government is acutely aware of the invaluable expertise and experience that can be tapped in this community, hence there is a more structured approach in engaging remigrants through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Persaud also noted that the government plans to ramp up engagement with the diaspora through job fairs and other initiatives.

“We also have an incentive regime laid out for this too. But I must say, the diaspora has to be proactive too… come back to your country, don’t wait for someone to hold your hand and bring you; have a positive outlook…,” the Guyanese official said.

He concluded, “There is absolutely no reason why any person in the Diaspora should feel like they can’t play a part in the exciting future ahead of us. What is before us is bigger than any of us can conceptualize.”

By championing local content, Guyana set to triumph with oil and gas -Nestoil Group Chairman

Jun 18, 2024

By Kiana Wilburg

CEO, Guyana Energy Conference & Supply Chain Expo

If Guyanese authorities continue to effectively champion local content, as well as leverage the experiences of nations like Nigeria and Norway, it would be set for triumph with its world class oil and gas resources. This is according to Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, Chairman and CEO of Nestoil Group.

The Chairman and his team that included Tecon Oil, were on a four-day fact finding mission in Guyana from June 9 to 12, 2024, to understand the opportunities that abound. And during his appearance on the Energy Perspective Podcast, powered by the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo, Dr Azudialu-Obiejesi explained that Nestoil has been a major player in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry since 1991.

It is recognized as the largest indigenous engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning company for major international oil and gas companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nestoil is also renowned for redefining industry standards in pipeline construction, repairs, and maintenance.

With Guyana expected to host over US$55 billion in investments across six projects in the ExxonMobil-led Stabroek Block, the Chairman underscored the importance of ensuring that Guyanese capture a portion of that expenditure. He insisted that championing local content and its associated legislation allowed for his company to become what it is today, adding that the same can happen for many Guyanese.

“The local content initiative or the laws in Nigeria helped Nigerians to be part of the oil development and also to make sure investments that happen over the years permeate throughout Nigeria…Nestoil was one of the companies at the forefront of local content,” shared Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi. As a result of this, he noted that Nestoil was able to move from being a service company to now an exploration and production company.

“We have producing fields and there is no way we would have been able to achieve that feat without Local Content Laws that protect the indigenous people and ensure their participation in the oil and gas business…,” said the Chairman.

Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi was keen to note his optimism that Guyana will be replicating such an approach to ensure locals are able to participate as much as possible and even become exploration and production giants soon enough. At the same time, he warned that there are a few pitfalls of which authorities should be mindful.

He said, “The government has to look at the availability of funding to ensure that the locals are empowered, that funds are made available for them to participate…they also have to ensure that the training programmes of oil companies incorporate locals to ensure they are able to participate…”

Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi added, “Guyana needs to make sure what we call CapEx (capital expenditure) permeates through the economy and it touches the lives of the people of Guyana…The government should also ensure that the people are prepared for the offshoot of services such as those in tourism and technology that come from oil and gas development…”

Overall, the Nestoil Chairman categorically stated that Guyana is well positioned to succeed with oil and gas. By championing local content, ensuring the requisite laws are enforced, and learning from the missteps of Nigeria and other nations, he believes the country will truly realize its potential to become one of the biggest oil and gas players in South America, and the region by extension.

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