STATOIL Tanzania donated 125 desks to two primary Schools in Mtwara region as part of the company's social investment programme.
The desks worth 12.5m/- are for Ufukoni and Likonde primary schools. Statoil's Country Manager, Øystein Michelsen presented the donation to the District Commissioner, Mr Wilman Ndile over the weekend at the Municipal headquarters in Mtwara.
"The donation, will strengthen the cooperation between Statoil and Mtwara region where Statoil has an office that supports drillship operations in the deep sea, approximately 100km away from the shore," Mr Michelsen said.
"This initiative falls under a comprehensive programme for capacity building in which Statoil supports the education sector.
Statoil's long term ambition is to focus on higher education where it is currently financing 31 Masters' students and one PhD student studying petroleum engineering, geo-science and finance in Norway and Tanzania," explained Mr Michelsen.
Guests present were informed that the support aims at strengthening high quality geo-science education in Tanzania. "We look forward to supporting the education sector in Mtwara with a view that our company's existence in the region makes a positive impact to the development of this society," Mr Michelsen added.
Statoil also has a health working relationship with the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Dodoma, where the company arranges for guest lecturers in science to visit and for geo-science field trips for students.
Statoil operates under the licence on Block 2 on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and has a 65 per cent working interest, with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania Limited holding the remaining 35 per cent.
Statoil which is an international energy company with a strong Norwegian heritage and has been in Tanzania since 2007, when it was awarded the operatorship for Block 2. So far Statoil has drilled five wells in Tanzania and has resource base of 17 -20tcf gas in place.
Norwegian state owns 67 per cent, and listed on the Oslo and New York stock exchanges. The company's focus is exploration and the production of oil and gas. Statoil with operations in 33 different countries has become a large oil company with 23,000 employees.