The Petroleum Authority of Uganda says it plans to launch a national talent register listing individuals trained and qualified in different fields related to the oil industry.
PAU officials said the online database will also serve as an employment reference point in the emergent sector. It will list engineers, technicians, and skilled workers competent to work on oil and gas projects.
The database, like the National Supplier Database which serves a roster for local and international service providers for the sector, will be updated periodically. The NSD currently has over 1,000 companies listed; registration for 2018 is now open.
PAU says the talent register will help in streamlining employment in the sector.
The authority was established by the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013 to regulate the petroleum sector, including closely scrutinising operations of oil companies.
Currently France’s Total E&P, Anglo-Irish Tullow Oil, China’s Cnooc and recent entrants — Australia’s Armour Energy and Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum are licenced to operate in Uganda.
The launch of the talent register, PAU says, follows a 2014 industrial baseline survey titled “A survey to foster opportunities for Ugandans in the Oil and Gas sector”. The survey said that between 100,000 and 150,000 jobs will be created over the coming years as the country moves into the development and oil production phases.
The report shows demand for direct jobs in the petroleum sector rising towards the second year of development and peaking at 13,000 direct jobs in the third year, before gradually falling to 3,000 jobs in the fifth year.
“As far as direct jobs are concerned (i.e. directly linked to the oil project), most of the jobs will be at technician level and the number will be very limited with a range of 11,000 to 15,000 (indirect jobs can also be at technician level),” the report said.
“A great majority of indirect and induced jobs will be created by other sectors which will benefit from the economic development triggered by the oil project.”
The petroleum authority says that some job areas like security, catering, foods and beverages, human resource, hotel, clearing and forwarding, transportation, among others, are reserved for Ugandans.
Uganda requires investments of $8bn—$10bn by both the oil companies and government for commercial oil production to start, according to estimates.