The Star (Nairobi)

28 August 2014

Kenya: National Oil Launches Oil and Gas Training

STATE-OWNED National Oil Corporation has invested Sh410 million into its management trainee programme in readiness for a projected 6,000 to 15,000 new jobs in the oil and gas industry over the next 10 years.

The projections by Africa Oil and Lundin Foundation in a study last year warned Kenya could lose out on the looming opportunities because of the prevailing skills gap that the parastatal hope to help bridge by gradually developing a pool of skilled professionals.

The Nock's programme targets 34 trainees to be trained in UK, US, Canada, Australia and Netherlands over one to two years.

Tullow Oil, the successful British upstream oil explorer, also runs a similar programme following its encouraging oil discovery in four wells in Turkana County with its estimates now topping a billion barrels.

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