The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 April 2014

Liberia: NOCAL Assures Human Capacity Building

The National Oil Company of Liberia or NOCAL has expressed its commitment to developing and harnessing the local human capacity needed for the effective operation of the oil sector in Liberia.

A release issued in Monrovia says NOCAL President Dr. Randolph McClain gave the assurance during the weekend when he led a delegation of NOCAL and other officials of relevant government agencies on a tour of the West Tell us oil rig, off the coast of Liberia.

The release said he met with several Liberians working on the drill-ship operated by Seadrill and hired by Chevron to drill its offshore prospect in hopes of find in hydrocarbon resources.

Dr. McClain, according to the release, emphasized that a major priority of NOCAL now is to ensure the timely availability of qualified Liberian personnel who can constitute the much needed workforce for the evolving oil industry in the country.

He declared that in this regard, NOCAL will continue to provide the needed resources for the training of deserving Liberians in all fields of operation relative to the oil industry, the release said. Dr. McClain then requested Chevron officials to timely make available to NOCAL, relevant data on Liberian workers on the drillship to enable NOCAL determine their training and related needs.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL Cllr. Althea E. Sherman expressed great delight at seeing competent Liberians working in various fields of operation on the drill ship along with their foreign counterparts.

Cllr. Sherman, according to the release, encouraged the Liberian workforce to remain committed to their professions so that they can make Liberia proud. She also thanked the Chevron and Seadrill staff for the opportunities, training and support that has been provided to the Liberian crew members.

In more comments, other officials of government agencies here including Maritime Commissioner Binyah Kesselly, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Mrs. Anyaa Vohiri and National Port Authority Deputy for Administration Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa appreciated the performance of the Liberian workforce.

NOCAL's Vice President for Public Affairs Lamini Warity also formed part of the delegation that toured the facilities of the drill ship stationed about 45 miles off the Liberian coast.

The ongoing drilling process is intended to determine the presence of a commercially significant hydrocarbon reservoir within the Liberian offshore geological basin located in Block LB-12.

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