General Manager for Total Exploration and Production Adewale Fayemi and Ernest Rubondo the Executive Director of Petroleum Authority of Uganda

Total Exploration and Production Company and GIZ International are to train over 200 Ugandan welders staying in areas where the 1445 kilometer crude oil pipeline will traverse to Tanga in Tanzania.

Speaking at the launch of the training, Total Exploration and Production Uganda General Manager Adewale Fayemi said his company intends to develop a domestic pool of internationally certified welders in a period of 24 weeks at a zero cost.

Officials of Total and GIZ at the launch of the welders’ training

“With well-established training centres in Buliisa district, Lwengo and among other centres, the training will be conducted by two Ugandan companies, Q-Training as the assessment and skilling Centre (TASC) and E360 group Ltd with recorded experience in the industry for over 10 years,” Adewale said at Golden Tulip Hotel.

According to Mr. Adewale, beneficiaries will be trained in line with the industry standards that include among others health, safety and environment training.

Total Exploration and Production Company is one of the few companies that were awarded contracts in 2012 to explore oil in the nine fields in Albertine region.

Uganda is estimated to have 2.5 billion barrels of oil.