Guyanese construction providers needed to build new petroleum training institute for Exxon

Guyana’s rapidly growing oil and gas sector will soon have a world-class technical training college. ExxonMobil has published a RFI (Request for Information) targeting construction service providers, to pave the way for the establishment of the Guyana Technical Training College (GTTC) located in Port Mourant, Berbice.

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The prospective college is set to serve as a hub of excellence and is designed with an impressive layout. The construction firm will have to provide a series of services including:

Site Improvements: Covering an area of approximately 5-7 acres, the site will undergo significant enhancements. This includes minor improvements like dewatering, clean and compacted fill, roads, sidewalks, and building pads.

Utilities: Infrastructure for potable water, wastewater, stormwater, power, data, and a compressed air distribution system are all in the blueprint. The plan also includes a water storage and treatment system, wastewater collection and treatment system, and comprehensive security measures including perimeter fencing.

Building Complex: The vast campus, spanning 60,000 to 80,000 square feet (SF), will encompass multiple structures with diverse functions, including dormitories, dining and multipurpose halls, classrooms, workshops, guardhouses, and operational and storage facilities.

Additional Features: For the ease of movement and relaxation, there will be covered walkways and gazebos, spanning approximately 10,000 to 15,000 SF.

The RFI also requires contractors to provide both procurement and construction services. This would involve sourcing materials and equipment both locally and globally, followed by the construction, furnishing, and commissioning of the facility. The construction of the facility is mandated to be completed consistent with Guyana’s Local Content Act, meaning Exxon is expected to strive for high levels of local penetration.

Guyana President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has announced an investment exceeding US$100 million for the facility. This move follows the Guyana Local Content Act, which mandates companies to employ a significant majority of Guyanese. The local workforce is currently underserved in terms of skills for the expanding oil and gas sector, underscoring the urgency of the institute.

SBM Offshore, the company building and operating the floating production storage and offloading vessels operating offshore Guyana, is playing a lead role in the establishment of a key component of the training facility.

The strategic positioning of this center in Berbice aligns with the government’s vision to prepare locals from across the country for opportunities in the oil and gas sector.


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