The two nations boast some of the largest offshore gas fields in the world and have a huge demand for skilled workers, creating significant opportunities for Scotland’s oil and gas sector.
Hosted by Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of Scottish Enterprise, and supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Aberdeen City Council, the mission responds to a visit two years ago to Aberdeen by the then President of Mozambique, Mr Guebuza, asking for Scotland’s support.
SDI’s regional manager in Africa, Gary Soper, said: "It’s a real endorsement of Scotland’s global reputation for skills, experience and training when the President of Mozambique asks for our support to help grow their oil and gas industry.
"East Africa is a pioneering market, and with 150 trillion cubic feet of gas discovered off the East Africa Coast in deepwater, Scotland’s unrivalled deepwater subsea delivery and offshore experience makes us the perfect partner to help bring it into production."
Operators in East Africa – Anadarko, ENI, BG, Shell, Ophir, Petrobras and ENH – are expected to spend approximately $2bn to bring the fields to production. A good percentage of that, according to East Africa Oil & Gas laws, needs to be delivered locally. This means as well as capacity building, operators will need to substantially invest in education and training - around 25,000 people will require training at a technical and vocational level as well as higher education.
The global reputation of Scotland’s oil and gas education and training providers means it is well placed to support this opportunity. As such, five of the 12 companies on the mission are education and training companies including the university, college and private sector.
New research delivered by SDI in November 2014 highlights the vast opportunities for Scottish further and higher education institutions as well as private sector providers in these key markets. The two reports provide an overview of the sector, details of specific skills gaps and training requirements and collaboration opportunities to help address the gaps.
The mission also complements the newly announced £25 million UK Skills for Oil and Gas programme, led by DFID and supported by BG Group which aims to create jobs and boost incomes for local populations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique through training opportunities.
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