A major ExxonMobil contractor, TechnipFMC, is gradually building a pool of local companies that can support its work in Guyana, said Area Director for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad, Nicolas Sicard.
“Nowadays, we have a pool of nearly 70 Guyanese-owned companies that are supporting our activities for telecommunications support, for maintenance of equipment, for transportation, for really the whole range of services that the company would need,” he said.
He explained that the company needs direct services, which deal with preparing the physical product that is incorporated into the oilfield, and indirect services, for products not embedded in the field but are still instrumental to supporting the onshore and offshore activities.
TechnipFMC has been working along with the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD), meeting companies to explain its processes to them, and what is needed. Sicard said the company endeavours to publish all requests for expressions of interest in major daily newspapers, with the CLBD, on the ExxonMobil Facebook page and with the newly formed Local Content Secretariat.
“It’s very important for us to make sure that we are reaching out to the whole of the Guyanese industry and give an equal chance to join us should they be interested, and should they have, of course, the kind of products that we are looking for,” he posited.
Companies are encouraged to participate. He said even if they are not sure that they are 100% ready, “we could help you get to the level of performance that is required in our industry.”
After building a presence in Guyana for six years, TechnipFMC established a Guyana Service Base at Rome, McDoom on the East Bank of Demerara, transferring all of its activities in aid of Guyana petroleum operations, from Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana.