CNOOC Uganda Limited, in collaboration with Sunmaker Oil and Gas Training Institute and Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba is pleased to hold a graduation of 160 Ugandans in welding techniques for the oil and gas activities in Uganda.
The two (2) months training equipped trainees with proper techniques, theory and practical based knowledge using SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding). The training courses encompass skills required in the welding industry, with emphasis on tubular assemblies.
This is yet another program conducted as part of the National Content enhancement activities for the Kingfisher Development Area (KFDA) Project, to empower and enhance the knowledge of local technicians through training towards international certification.
This program comprised of the first set of 80 students trained in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 1G, 2G, and 3G welding which follows the International Standards of American Welding Society (AWS) and American Petroleum Institute (API).
The second group of another 80 students received training in 4G, 5G and 6G SMAW which follows the same International Standards of AWS and API. The major goal of 3G and 6G welding courses is to prepare participants for oil and gas piping systems including pipeline and refinery constructions.
The welding involves assembling, maintaining, and installing structural units. These 160 Ugandan students originated from the Albertine region districts of Hoima, Kikuube, Nwoya, Masindi, Buliisa, Kibale, Kiryandongo, Kakumiro, Kagadi, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Sembabule, Lwengo, Rakai and Kyotera.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Hon. Peter Lokeris, the current Minister of State for Mineral Development, thanked CNOOC Uganda Limited for the various skilling and training programs that are making more Ugandans ready and able to participate in the oil and gas industry. She said such tangible skill are the best path to gain lasting value from the industry by the people.
Mr. Ma Peixin, Vice President, CNOOC Uganda Limited retaliated “CNOOC Uganda Limited is committed to the development of capacity in Uganda’s oil and gas industry through promotion of national content thereby fostering lasting social economic development of the host community and Uganda at large.” He added that this is in line with CNOOC Uganda Limited’s vision of ‘Oil for Better Life’ that seeks to create a better condition for all people in Uganda.
Other national content training and skilling programs undertaken by CNOOC Uganda Limited include; Train the Trainer, Welders Certification, Heavy Good Vehicle Certification, Heavy Equipment training, Enterprise Development and the Community Supplier Development programs.
Naija Rosemary, one of the trained welders thanked CNOOC Uganda Limited for the opportunity given to her and her classmates to train and get certified in welding that is not only recognized in Uganda but also internationally.
CNOOC Uganda Limited remains dedicated to responsible corporate citizenship and continues to explore initiatives that drive positive social impact and foster inclusive growth.