Guyana Labour Minister aiming for monthly visits to ExxonMobil’s offshore operations

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As Guyana continues to build capacity to regulate the oil and gas industry, the Ministry of Labour is training officers to be able to conduct inspections at the site of ExxonMobil’s offshore operations.

Minister of Labour, Joseph Hamilton told OilNOW the Ministry intends to commence monthly visits by the end of the second quarter of this year. This frequency of visits is to be worked out with ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), the Minister said.

“They have been gracious. I don’t think they will stand in our way. They understand what we’re attempting to do, when I have the full complement of persons, with the competencies, because I don’t want to send the one person forever,” Hamilton said.

Presently, not all the Ministry’s officers have been trained to conduct these types of inspections offshore, but that is the Minister’s goal.

The officers, he said, will also conduct general inspections on vessels which traverse Guyana’s waterways.

Oil, gas and mining included, Hamilton has been working to build the capacities of his officers to conduct inspections across sectors, since he assumed office and the Ministry of Labour was re-established.

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