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Friday, 12 February 2016


Three Tanzanian engineers have completed and commended a specialized 4 months training at the GE Oil & Gas University in Florence, Italy.

The training was under the sponsorship of General Electric (G.E), the world leader in the digital manufacturing industry, through its Oil & Gas section. The beneficiaries were Mr. Fabian Mwose (a Petroleum Engineer), Ms. Lilian Zambi (a Chemical & Process Engineer) and Ms. Limi Lagu (a chemical & Process Engineer), all from the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).

A press statement released by the firm earlier this week, details that, the three engineers joined other international participants in the 4 months training program that provides a complete approach to developing knowledge with courses that deliver in-depth training in 4 different disciplines: Leadership, Energy, Oil & Gas Processes, and Oil & Gas Equipment, comprised of 40+ courses.

The GE Oil & Gas University opened its doors in 2005 and is committed to helping Oil & Gas top employees from selected customers worldwide the opportunity to acquire fundamental management and technical skills to consolidate their overall understanding of the Oil & Gas industry. The University offers a program that is recognized by industry-leading organizations worldwide, who every year entrust it with the education and development of their top young talent. It has hosted 87 companies since 2005 including national and International oil companies. The University has also recorded about 507 graduates from 30 countries, 212 in the resident course and 295 in the various localized courses held over the years.

Reached for comments, the engineers said they are very pleased with the relevance of the courses offered at the GE Oil & Gas University. They said the training increased value to their knowledge and will improve their work performance and their careers in general.

“The training will ultimately help TPDC and the nation at large build a more capable and skilled staff,” they commented in a joint statement.

Ms. Limi Lagu said; “The most impactful segment in the training was the process and equipment module where I had to learn about acquiring technical understanding of technology in each equipment under every segment of Oil & Gas value chain, from exploration to utilization.”

Ms Limi singled out the issue of human skills in the Industry and called upon the Government and various stakeholders to make sure that more Tanzanians are trained so as to have more experts who will curb challenges facing the Oil & Gas industry in the country. On the other hand Mr. Fabian Mwose said for him the most impactful segment was the plant tour and that the training covered almost every segment in the Oil & Gas value chain which helped him get the general overview of the Industry at large.

According to the press statement, GE Oil & Gas is committed to building up the required human skills for its customers and partners, to cope with the challenges that the industry is having in Tanzania,” reads the statement and concludes with the pledge; “We look forward to have an even greater partnership with Tanzania, the main goal being to train more people so as to have skilled staff in the industry.

As part of GE’s commitment to deepening partnerships in Tanzania, GE Oil & Gas invited a number of stakeholders to its 16th annual summit in Florence, Italy. The summit held in February 2015, brought together the major global Oil & Gas stakeholders with Hon. George Simbachawene, the Former Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania and Dr. James Mataragio, CEO of TPDC, being guest speakers at the event.

During the event, they shared their views on the emerging opportunities and challenges in Tanzania’s Oil & Gas sector.

Dr. Mataragio also attended the opening ceremony of GE Oil & Gas University’s session last year.

General Electric was founded in 1892 and today is the world’s leading digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.

GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services for all segments of the oil and gas industry, from exploration & production to downstream.

In this regard GE Oil & Gas is committed to supporting the continued sustainable development of Tanzania with advanced infrastructure technologies, services and solutions.

GE Oil & Gas started its operations in the country in the year 2013 and through its power and water projects has been providing key power generation equipment i.e. (turbines) to key projects such as Kinyerezi 1, Songas 1, 2 and 3, Symbion Ubungo and Tanesco Ubungo, contributing to approximately 60% of the power supply in Tanzania.

It first started operating in Sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. However in 2011, GE Oil & Gas renewed its focus to meet Africa’s current and future needs. It’s footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) now consists of over 2350 employees, revenues of over $3.2 billion dollars (2014) and operations in 25 countries.

GE Oil & Gas’ main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya where it’s SSA Headquarters is located. GE Oil & Gas is moving, building, powering and curing the continent with innovative and sustainable solutions tailored for each country in the region across various businesses- aviation, healthcare, oil and gas, power and water, and transportation.

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