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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Study science to support oil, gas industry, appeals Statoil CEO

11th May 2012

Parents, particularly those living around the oil and gas drilling areas in Tanzania, have been advised to encourage their children to study science subjects for new jobs that will be generated by the industry when it becomes fully operational.
This was said in Dar es Salaam by on Wednesday the president and chief executive officer of the Norwegian oil company, Statoil ASA, Helge Lund, in a briefing to journalists on oil and gas industry issues.

He said, recently Tanzania has seen oil and gas discoveries which will need recruitment of experienced and skilled persons.

“It is right time for people, especially those living in the southern part of the country to encourage their children to study science subjects which would enable them to secure employment in foreign oil and gas companies.

According to him, Statoil officials in Tanzania have been encouraging local government leaders at district and regional levels on the importance of investing in education and, in particular science subjects, in preparing for the future of the industry. Helge said oil and gas investment requires huge sums of money, whose return takes a long period of time.

He said the company intends to recruit many Tanzanians when his company begins to produce gas.

“Our aim is to see that at least 95 percent of our staff in gas production are well educated Tanzanians,” he affirmed.
For his part, the Principal Petroleum Geologist of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Sebastian Shana, said it is the government’s intention to see many Tanzanians take part in oil and gas exploration industry.

He hailed some government and private institutions which have been creating awareness on studying science subjects by primary and secondary school students.

Statoil is an international energy firm with operations in 36 countries, building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf.

“The company is committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions,” he said.  Statoil is headquartered in Norway with 20,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo bourses. It was named as the World’s Most Ethical firm (WME) in 2012 by Ethisphere Institute.

In Tanzania Statoil is operating in Block 2 and announced 5tcf gas in its first well Zafarani in Mtwara Region in February this year.

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