GYSBI, TOTALTEC ramp up manpower recruitment drive ahead of Liza Destiny arrival

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The Guyana Shore Base Inc. (GYSBI) facility

The Guyana Shore Base Inc. (GYSBI) and TOTALTEC Oilfield Services will be collaborating to recruit and train over 120 Guyanese in basic safety and oilfield operations to enable them to successfully join and participate in the South American country’s emerging oil and gas industry.

“To keep pace with increasing offshore operations, including additional drilling rigs and the impending arrival of the first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel [Liza Destiny], GYSBI is expanding operational activities, requiring in excess of 120 Guyanese to fill safety and operational positions on the shore base located in Houston, Greater Georgetown,” the companies said in a joint update.

Recruiting and training candidates will be carried out by the TOTALTEC International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA, known as The Academy) using their existing programs.

“We are pleased to announce this joint effort to recruit, train, and deploy over 120 new Guyanese into the oil and gas industry,” said Lars Mangal, CEO of TOTALTEC.

From its origins in early 2018, the Academy has developed programs to international standards and have already trained over 150 young Guyanese, many from other industries, including a number of women, he said. “We now have the building blocks to meet this aggressive goal, it’s a major and intensive undertaking to recruit and train 120 new young men and women in 4 months to join the industry.”

GYSBI employs over 200 Guyanese in its shore base operations in a wide range of activities. Adding over 100 additional recruits in the next four months presents a significant opportunity for local Guyanese to enter the industry.

Executive Director of GYSBI, Robin Muneshwer said, “We’re proud of our workforce and what they have achieved from those early beginnings of the shore base in April 2017. The strong safety culture and their skills remain the foundation of our success.”

Muneshwer said GYSBI looks forward to growing its workforce to over 300 Guyanese before year end and continuing its leading role in developing local content. “Successful recruits will attend IPMA in Houston, greater Georgetown to undergo an intensive, 6-week hands-on Safety and Operational Training program prior to joining GYSBI,” he pointed out.

The 120,000 bpd Liza Destiny FPSO is expected to arrive in Guyana by Q3 2019 as the country prepares for first oil. Production is expected to ramp up to more than 750,000 bpd by 2025 with a total of 5 FPSOs operating at multiple developments in the Stabroek Block.

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