University offers Local Content Law training to Mozambique's National Oil Company

University offers Local Content Law training to Mozambique's National Oil Company

A group of specialists from Mozambique's National Hydrocarbons Company (Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos - ENH) have completed a two-week advanced 'Local Content Masterclass' training at the University.

The programme was specially designed for the delegates and was delivered by staff from the Law and Business Schools in a series of seminars, industry visits, group working and conference, which were organised by the University’s CPD Services. The course was delivered in both English and Portuguese.

The sessions provided delegates with knowledge of the local content, how it works and where it does not work. They also gained an understanding of the complex links between local content, oil and gas exploration and production, and national economy and the industrial landscape, as well as links between regulation, implementation and monitoring, relative to the local content agenda and interventions.

Local Content describes the range of policy objectives and programmes relating to the petroleum and mining sectors that are designed to develop, increase use and participation of local capacity, manpower, goods, services and supply chain, in order that over time more and more value is retained in-country from the extractive process and activities. 

Professor Richard Wells, Vice Principal (International Partnerships), presented the group with certificates of attendance at the Oil and Minerals for Good: Conference, which took place on October 30.

“We were delighted to host delegates from ENH Mozambique and proud to be able to share our academic expertise, campus facilities and cultural heritage with them. We are looking forward to continuing the relationships we have built with ENH and support the long-term sustainable development of Mozambican economy,” he said.

Dr Mark Osa Igiehon, Lecturer (Law) and Local Content Course Co-ordinator said: “This ‘Local Content Masterclass’ delves deep into Local Content design, implementation and associated challenges. On return, the Local Content team would be able to apply advanced academic and experiential knowledge to create overarching frameworks best suitable for Mozambique.”

Dr Victor Tivane, Local Content Director, ENH Mozambique, said: “This programme has been hugely beneficial and helped us broaden our understanding of petroleum industry supply chain and Local Content regulations, governance and monitoring. We also had the opportunity to visit and engage with representatives from Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), Baker Hughes GE, and Petrofac. We thank University of Aberdeen for its excellent programme and hospitality. The masterclass has greatly exceeded our expectations.”