ExxonMobil’s affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), has commenced its procurement process for a contractor to construct the Guyana Technical Training Institute – the nation’s first state-of-the-art oil and gas training facility.
In the request for information issued by the company on July 1, it was indicated that the training institute will be located at Port Mourant, Region Six. It will be adjacent to the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) training centre.
Details of the project show that this learning institute will be constructed on 50,000 to 60,000 square feet (sq ft) of prime land. It will house dormitories, a dining hall, classrooms, admin rooms, laboratories, a guardhouse, operation and storage facilities, covered walkways, and a gazebo. An open training area of 15,000 to 20,00 sq ft will also be part of this facility.
OilNOW understands key training programmes will include those required to work offshore on oil production vessels. SBM Offshore, builder and operator of the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels approved for projects so far offshore will be playing a role in this regard. Already, the company has been recruiting and training a large number of Guyanese for work in its local operations.
To complete this project, EEGPL has outlined strict local content requirements which go hand-in-hand with the government’s Local Content Act (2021). For instance, during the bid process, all prospective contractors are required to demonstrate awareness of the Local Content Act. Bidders will also be expected to include in their submissions, a preliminary local content strategy outlining how they will deliver local content expectations.
Furthermore, contractors shall give fair and adequate first consideration to the purchase of Guyanese goods and materials, utilising Guyanese contractors insofar as they are commercially competitive and satisfy the contractor’s financial and technical requirements.
Throughout the request for proposals (RFP) phase, EEGPL has committed to providing the construction drawings and specifications; sit survey drawings; geotechnical borehole data and reports; and major project regulatory permits/approvals. The contractor will be responsible for the coordination of regulatory agency inspection as required.
President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali said Thursday that over US$100 million will be invested in this international training institute.