The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: NOCAL Leads Oil Rig Tour

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

The President/CEO of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph McClain, gave the assurance last week when he led a delegation of NOCAL and other officials of relevant government agencies on a tour of the West Tellus oil rig, off the coast of Liberia.

Meeting with several Liberians working on the drill-ship operated by Seadrill and hired by Chevron to drill its offshore prospect in hopes of finding hydrocarbon resources, Dr. McClain 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. He then requested Chevron officials to timely make available to NOCAL relevant data on Liberian workers on the drill ship 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.

ClIr. Sherman 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 have been provided to the Liberian crew members.

Other heads of government agencies making similar comments of appreciation and commendations on the performance of the Liberian workforce included Liberia Maritime Commissioner Binyah Kesselly, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief, Mrs. Anyaa Vàhiri, and National Port Authority Deputy for Administration, Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa.

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

The ongoing drilling process, which is being sponsored by Chevron Liberia Ltd., is intended to determine the presence of a commercially significant hydrocarbon reservoir within the Liberian offshore geological basin located in Block LB-12.

A day earlier, on Monday (April 21), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made a tour of the rig in the company of US Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Chairman of NOCAL, ClIr. Seward Cooper, and other government officials, including the President Pro-tempore, Gbehzonghar Findley, and Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.

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