Three hundred Guyanese are expected to benefit from direct and indirect employment by the onshore base which will service the ExxonMobil rig drilling for oil offshore Guyana. That is according to Chief Executive Officer of TOTALTEC Oilfield Services, Lawrence Mangal.
Mr. Mangal explained to reporters that recently that “We will be creating a number of other jobs with supporting companies and service companies that will be working with us, that will be amounting to 200-300. So that is quite a significant development.”
Mangal’s company, along with three others – Muneshwers Limited, Pacific Rim Constructors, and LED Offshore – established the Guyana Shore Base Inc. which won the bid to operate the logistics and warehouse base for ExxonMobil. The completion of that base is slated for March of next year.
In terms of direct employment, Director of Muneshwer’s Limited, Robin Muneshwer revealed that the facility will employ about 100 persons with 4-5 being non-Guyanese. He was keen to note that those non-Guyanese will have three-year contracts which will provide for Guyanese to be trained during that time.
The officials made these assertions during an on-site tour of the facility which is located at the Muneshwer’s Wharf at Houston. The tour was organized for Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman.
Speaking to reporters, the Minister said that last year he visited the site and the work done from then to now “is very impressive”.
He said that from what has been explained to him, the facility will meet international standards and this will directly result in standards being raised across the board for ports and facilities of this nature in Guyana.
He expressed comfort in the fact that construction of the base was being by a Guyanese company, and the fact that employment will be created for hundreds of Guyanese.
“As we approach [oil] production in 2020, it’s good that we won’t have to wait until then to start to see the benefits. It’s good to see local content, local involvement, local skills and local achievements in this project” the Minister said.