THE Total-led Mozambique LNG project has launched an electronic training platform, MOOC MOZAIC, which is the first step of the training and recruitment programme of young Mozambicans for Mozambique LNG operations team. MOOC stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course’ and MOZAIC is the name of the initiative in favour of education implemented by Total E&P Mozambique.
The MOOC MOZAIC platform is open for students aged 18 to 25 who have completed at least the middle level of the national education system. It consists of a free 9- week online training course, covering basic mathematics, sciences, oil & gas and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. All applicants can register in www.moocmozaic.com from March 15.
The MOOC model will enable a large number of students across Mozambique to access the training and potentially employment with the project during the operations phase. Participants who successfully complete the MOOC MOZAIC platform course will be eligible to participate in the selection process for further training at Mozambique LNG Academy, the Total’s Training Centre based in Maputo.
The Mozambique LNG Academy will provide free training to 400 young Mozambicans to assume positions of operators, maintenance technicians (mechanical, electrical and instrumentation), health, safety and environment (HSE) and logistics technicians in the Mozambique LNG project. It will start its activities in September 2021 with an initial group of 60 participants.
Ronan Bescond, Country Chair of Total in Mozambique, said: ‘As operator of Mozambique LNG, our objective is to incorporate talented young Mozambican women and men in our operations team. Development of local skills is an integral part of our business model. The training and recruitment of young Mozambicans contributes to our sustainable development objectives and responds to the commitments established with the Mozambican Government in terms of local content.’
Total E&P Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Total, operates Mozambique LNG with a 26.5 percent participating interest alongside ENH Rovuma Área 1, S.A. (15 percent), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 Limited (20 percent), ONGC Videsh Rovuma Limited (10 percent), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Limited (10 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10 percent), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Limited (8.5 percent).
Mozambique LNG is the country’s first onshore LNG development. The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields located within Offshore Area 1 and the construction of a two-trains liquefaction plant with a capacity of 13.12 million tonnes per year.
The Area 1 contains approximately 65 Tcf of gas resources, of which 18 Tcf will be developed with the first two trains. The Final Investment Decision of Mozambique LNG project was announced on June 18, 2019, and the project is expected to come into production by 2024.
Present in Mozambique for nearly 30 years, Total Mozambique is a major player in the downstream petroleum products market – gas stations network, industrial and mining customers, lubricants and logistics. Total has an estimated market share of 14 percent.