26 March 2015
By Finnigan Wa Simbeye
Scottish oil and gas businesspersons and experts are in the country targeting to get local partners for investment in oil and gas manpower training and technology development.
Scottish Development International (SDI) Regional Manager for Africa, Gary Soper said in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the British region which is home to oil and gas industries dating back over four decades had a lot to offer to the country’s infant industry.
“We have more than 40 years experience in oil and gas sector involving skills development and technology innovations,” said Mr Soper who pointed out that the Scotts are looking for partners in vocational training, technology in safety and security, among other areas.
He said the Scottish delegation which has already visited neighbouring Mozambique is also focusing on the East African Community market.
“But Scotland has also the best universities in the world where oil and gas experts are trained,” he underlined. Senior International Business Executive from SDI, Ian Ross said Scotland has expertise to offer Tanzania in the field of offshore oil and gas exploration.
“When we started drilling in Scotland, it was almost onshore because it was in the shallow waters,” Mr Ross said. Ross noted that because the country’s oil and gas extraction is being done offshore Scottish expertise and businesses can play a role saying emphasis will be put on training human capital locally other than going to Britain.
British High Commissioner to the country, Dianna Melrose said her government is interested in helping the country develop the entire value chain and not specific portions of the oil and gas industry.
“When British investors come here, we are taking about benefiting enterprises across the value chain,” Ms Melrose noted. She pointed out that when President Jakaya Kikwete visited Britain over a year ago, he saw and admired Scottish oil and gas industry which he invited to Dar es Salaam for possible investment in oil and gas industry.
“We want the UK’s strong investors with skills to come to this country to partner with local business people and training institutions,” Melrose noted.
The Scottish delegation which comprises of educational institution, oil and gas supply chain and government representatives is expected to meet local peers before leaving the country on Friday.
Scotland’s oil and gas industry total supply chain has sales worth 17 billion pounds per annum with direct international sales accounting for almost a half of the amount. One of the competitive sectors is subsea infrastructure whereby Scotland accounts for 40 percent of global sales.