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Exxon seeking project manager for construction of training institute in Guyana

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ExxonMobil Guyana is seeking a project manager for the construction of the national oil and gas training institute it is building, in partnership with the Guyana government.

The institution, styled the ‘Guyana Technical Training Center Inc.’, will be situated at Port Mourant Berbice, Region Six, next to a training centre run by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).

ExxonMobil outlined robust local content requirements which will be applied to the procurement process.

Several months ago, the oil major had advertised for a firm to construct the institute.

It is expected 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 20,000 square feet will also be part of this facility.

President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali had said that over US$100 million will be invested into the training facility.

The need to upskill Guyanese workers – and fast – was brought on by Guyana’s Local Content Act. The new law requires companies to, among other things, have Guyanese serve among the overwhelming majority of their workers.

Companies are eager to expand their business to provide services in Guyana’s ever-expanding oil and gas sector. And at this juncture, the labour force, with its current skill levels, is not enough.

SBM Offshore, the company building and operating the floating production storage and offloading vessels operating offshore Guyana, is playing a lead role in the establishment of a key component of the training facility.

“One of the things we are partnering with Exxon with is to have a safe live plant made available for anyone working in the oil and gas sector to be able to practice the skillset that is needed for offshore,” said General Manager of SBM Offshore (Guyana), Martin Cheong, in a recent video.

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