Building Local Capability in Suriname

Published on: 12 July 2017


Tullow and Block 54 Joint Venture partners, Statoil and Noble Energy, sponsored Staatsolie employees in oil and gas industry training.

Tullow and Block 54 Joint Venture partners in January and June 2017 sponsored and facilitated two technical training courses for Staatsolie, National Oil Company employees in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The technical courses, given by Nautilus, a leading provider of training services to the international oil and gas industry, were given on “Essentials of Rock Physics and Seismic Amplitude Interpretation” and “Tectonic Controls on Basin Development and Petroleum Systems”. These topics were carefully selected by Staatsolie to enhance and further develop their in-house geo-technical skills.

The training forms a key part of Tullow’s overall approach to education and capacity building. It aims to support local people to participate in the oil and gas industry and other sectors that promote economic diversification. These courses addressed both existing industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements in line with Tullow’s aim of supporting long-term socio-economic growth in countries where it operates.

Tullow and the Block 54 JV Partners through further agreement with Nautilus will deliver further training on Petrophysics for Low Resistivity, Low Contrast Reservoirs to the second cohort of Staatsolie’s personnel later this year.

John McKenna, Suriname Country Manager & Regional and Business Development Manager of Tullow commented, “Tullow engaged Nautilus due to their vast expertise in the development and running of competency based training. Training Staatsolie employees gives true meaning to Tullow’s localisation policy, through the development of technical man power to meet the standards required by the supply chain.”

A Nautilus Tutor commended the Staatsolie students for their enthusiasm on the course and said, “In my many years of giving such courses, training Staatsolie employees was the most engaging and interactive. The students were keen and willing to learn and make meaningful contributions.”  

One of the participants on the course in a brief comment said that the training has been very insightful, touching on many subjects, techniques, workflows and provided the right balance between practical and theoretical.

He noted that the Nautilus lecturers were all great teachers, showing patience and open to discussions regarding actual issues with keen expertise.

Tullow has been in Suriname since 2007 and currently operates both Block 47 and Block 54, where the Araku-1 well will be drilled in late 2017.  Our Guyana-Suriname acreage is of particular interest because of its proximity to Exxon’s Liza-1 discovery in Guyana, where Tullow operates the Orinduik Block and has a non-operated equity in the Kanuku Block.

Tullow will continue to identify projects to build local capacity and develop the skills of Surinamese to ensure active participation in the value chain of the oil and gas industry locally.



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