South African energy company Sasol is tendering for construction companies to build a new training centre southern Mozambique to provide locals with the skills to needed to work on its oil and gas project in the province of Inhambane.
The company has budgeted around $13.4 million for the project, Sasol said in a statement emailed to Zitamar News. The new centre in Inhassoro will be developed in partnership with Mozambique’s National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (INEFP) and will replace an interim facility in the area.
Building should start in August 2016 and take around a year to complete, Sasol said. When the facility is completed, it will be able to train up to 460 tradespeople over 6 years, the majority of whom will be employed on Sasol’s oil and gas expansion project which will include the country’s first commercial oil well.
The Mozambique government gave Sasol approval in January this year to build an integrated oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gas project adjacent to its existing gas-producing projects in Inhambane.
Phase one will also see the company develop a fifth train at the existing gas processing facility, to process the additional gas from the new development. Timelines for the project “are dependent on successful negotiations of various off-take agreements that are currently in progress,” Sasol said in March.
The new training centre will include industrial workshops, classrooms, an administration building, access roads and supporting infrastructure. In addition, the existing Escola Industrial e Comercial in Inhassoro will be expanded with classrooms, industrial workshops, and an administration building.
Qualified civil construction companies are invited to express their interest to bid for the design and engineering, procurement and construction of the training centre by 11 May 2016. The tender notice can be seen here.
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