Petrofac, the UK based engineering service provider for the oil industry, has formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), the Mozambican state hydrocarbon firm, for the provision of training services.
Designed to support nationalisation goals across the country’s expanding energy industry, ENH’s stake in the JV has been determined at 51% and Petrofac’s at 49%. The partnership will provide training and competence management solutions for Mozambique’s domestic onshore and offshore developments, as the country continues its transformation from a natural resource producer to an energy and industrial giant, and the largest LNG producer in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mozambique has bought into the localization story in oil and gas industries around the continent, but as it has very few indigenous firms with any real capacity, the authorities are focusing more on workforce training, than contracts-for-localfirms.
On the website of the INP (Institute of Petroleum), Mozambique’s E&P regulatory agency, there are several stories tracking numbers of Mozambicans slated to work on both planned and ongoing gas monetization projects.
Petrofac, in a statement announcing the partnership, declares that it has “a 20-year track record of developing national workforces through the delivery of technical, regulatory, and academic training”.