In an effort to increase youth participation in Uganda’s oil and gas sector, TotalEnergies Uganda has launched the “Tilenga Massive Open Online Course” or Tilenga MOOC, a free access online training program for nationals aged between 18 – 28 years old living in proximity to the Tilenga Project development areas and interested in a career in the country’s booming oil and gas industry.

Prospective students will have until January 31, 2022 to enroll for the nine-week course, after which 120 to 150 participants will be able to take part in a four year program to train as production operators, maintenance and inspection technicians, and gain employment at Tilenga project sites.

At the Tilenga MOOC launch, General Manager of TotalEnergies Uganda, Philippe Groueix, expressed the company’s desire to be a driving force for developing local capacity and encouraging youth integration into Uganda’s oil and gas sector.

“As a truly Uganda company, our national content strategy is aimed at maximizing the use of Uganda expertise, goods and services. The Tilenga MOOC is one of such initiatives that will enhance the skills and knowledge of young talented Ugandans interested in participating the oil and gas sector,” he said.

Local content policies have been a fixture in the African energy sector, seen by many as the strategy of choice to build local capacity and ensure local private sector involvement in major oil and gas project developments across the entire energy value chain. Initiatives like the Tilenga MOOC provide effective solutions for the transfer of skills and competencies as well as long-term job security.

Located in the Buliisa and Nwoya districts in the Lake Albert region, the Tilenga project comprises the development of nine oil fields as well as a processing facility, underground pipelines, and associated infrastructure. The project will be linked to the Tanga port in Tanzania through the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, a 1,444 km-long pipeline crossing through Tanzania, bypassing the southern edges of Lake Victoria before reaching the Holma district in Uganda.

During peak production time, the Tilenga project is expected to deliver 190,000 bpd of crude oil. Project operator TotalEnergies Uganda holds 56,67% of participating interest while Uganda National Oil Company and CNOOC Uganda Limited hold 15% and 28.33% respectively.