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We have held seminars for Ghanaian insurance and IT companies, amongst others, facilitated by Tullow personnel and relevant external experts.

The insurance workshop covered the complexities, technicalities and risks of the offshore drilling process and of insurance in the energy market. Tullow’s global insurance brokers, Marsh, who work in partnership with local firms in Ghana, conducted the training alongside Tullow speakers including Allan Gibson, Well Engineer Supervisor, who gave insight into the technical details of the Jubilee Project. The workshop also included various practical exercises for participants, to illustrate what is expected of insurance companies operating in this area.

The two-day IT seminar, attended by 27 participants, focused on quality management and EHS standards. One participant said ‘I better understand how Tullow operates and why my company has to make sure we have EHS requirements in place’. Another said ‘I enjoyed all the modules, learnt a lot and have taken away many action points to implement’. Five attending companies have signed up for follow-up sessions with one of our suppliers to work on business development.

These seminars aim to give a clearer picture of how a local business can upgrade its skills and knowledge to become a bigger player in its market, and take advantage of opportunities arising from the newly established oil and gas industry.

As a result of Tullow’s work in the local content arena, the Group received a Local Content Award at the third Ghana Summit on Oil and Gas, held in March 2012. While addressing the conference, President and General Manager of Tullow Ghana Limited, Dai Jones, said: “We understand that promoting local content has a positive social impact as well as being a responsible business practice which enhances bottom line and reputation.”