KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
A team of 30 trainers from different vocational
institutions in Uganda on Wednesday started their training in
the oil and gas sector as the country gears up for commercial
Sponsored by China
National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), one of the companies
exploring oil in the western part of the country, the program
will nurture trainers who will further skill the youths in the
east Africa country.
minister of state for higher education, in a speech read for
him, said skilling the youths in the oil and gas sector is
critical if the country is to benefit from the lucrative sector.
The official revealed that the trainers will also travel to
China where they will gain more skills.
“This will create a
critical mass which will have a multiplier effect in the
country,” Muyingo said.
president of CNOOC Uganda Limited said a high quality human
resource is crucial in developing Uganda’s oil and gas industry.
He said CNOOC’s technical specialists will visit technical
institutions to deliver real in-field expertise and know-how
related to the industry.
minister of energy and mineral development in a statement read
for her, said standards are important in the oil and gas sector.
“The high standards demanded by the sector requires a workforce
that is internationally certified. Standards are key for us to
compete globally,” Muloni said.
show that Uganda has so far discovered 6.5 billion barrels of
oil, of which about 1.5 billion barrels are commercially viable.
The country anticipates to start commercial production by 2021,
when the crude oil pipeline and the refinery will be in place.