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Oil and Gas Skills Shortage in Africa

03/12/2014
Africa currently boasts some of the largest numbers of oil reserves in the world. As of 2010, there were 46.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves in Libya alone, closely followed by 37.2 billion barrels in Nigeria as of 2011. Over the last 20 years Africa’s oil reserves have grown by 25%, with Angola, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria and Sudan being accountable for over 90% of the continent’s oil reserves. However, research has revealed that the shortage of local and international talent, if not addressed properly, will not only affect exploration and production of oil and gas across Africa, but eventually the financial sustainability of developments in the continent.

Despite traditional reserves remaining in countries such as Angola, Libya and Nigeria, new key areas have emerged; namely Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda. These countries have the potential to become major players in the international market, with discoveries such as Tanzania’s 53.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas resources, and talks of 4 LNG trains to be constructed.

Uganda also has a total number of known oil reserves in the country estimated at 3.5 billion barrels, and Mozambique where around 180 trillion cubic feet of gas have been found in the Rovuma Basin alone, with an onshore LNG plant & FLNGs planned. However, without the required volume of local and international talent, reserves in these areas will struggle to maximise production.

More discoveries are also predicted, with these countries now awarding more blocks for exploration and as a result, more operating companies are showing interest. Skills will be required across every discipline and project phase for this region, and as a result, Fircroft has begun making provisions for this and creating talent pools of personnel with extensive experience in this area.

Fircroft has been working closely with some of our key clients to be ready to assist with this growth, with new offices opened in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique & strategic partnerships in many other locations. Fircroft is the leading manpower services provider across Africa, ensuring we are fully compliant in each location with a full understanding of the cultures, manpower laws and local content focus and regulations.

Our aim is to provide sourcing customised to individual client and project needs; this is being accomplished by working together with our offices from over 60 locations, Fircroft’s bespoke database, and by utilising our network of candidates from projects we are supporting globally. As part of our service offering, we support travel, accommodation, work permits, full project managed services, local tax compliance and international multi-currency payroll.
  
To find out more about our current vacancies in Africa, please take a look here.

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