Officials of TotalEnergies and Government at the launch of Tilenga MOOC in Kampala on Monday. PHOTO/COURTESY

TotalEnergies EP Uganda has introduced a free online programme that seeks to recruit and train 150 Ugandans to participate in the country’s oil and gas sector.

Under the programme, Tilenga Massive Open Online Courses (Tilenga MOOC), the beneficiaries will be trained over the next four years to become production operators, maintenance, and inspection technicians for the Tilenga oil project.

The training will be undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK).

Speaking at the launch of the programme at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Monday, Philippe Groueix, the General Manager for TotalEnergies EP Uganda, revealed that the company aims at encouraging local participation aspart of the company’s commitment to National Content Development in Uganda.

“As a truly Ugandan company, our national content strategy is aimed at maximizing the use of Ugandan expertise, goods and services. The Tilenga MOOC is one of such initiatives that will enhance the skills and knowledge of young talented Ugandans interested in participating in the oil and gas sector,” Groueix said.

He also said the programme is open to all Ugandans between the ages of 18 – 28 years with emphasis on people living within Tilenga Project areas. An A ‘level (Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education) is the minimum education level requirement. Participants should also have a valid email address.

Registration will be open from January 10th, 2022 to January 31st, 2022 on

Philippe Groueix, the General Manager for TotalEnergies EP Uganda.

Peninah Aheebwa, the Director Technical Support Services at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), said the programme fits within the overall national content strategy which is designed to promote the participation of Ugandans and Ugandan companies in the oil and gas sector.

“The authority supports programs that are designed to empower Ugandans to benefit from the opportunities in Uganda’s the oil and gas sector, by giving them the right knowledge and skillset. I thank TotalEnergies for this commendable skilling initiative and urge all Ugandans who meet the criteria for this program and are interested in being part of the transformation of Uganda’s oil and gas industry to embrace it,”Aheebwa said.

Uganda Petroleum Institute-Kigumba’s Eric Olanya said, “We are pleased to be partnering with TotalEnergies through an MoU signed today to facilitate the delivery of quality training to these future

technicians that will work on the incredible project. This is an exciting opportunity for Uganda Petroleum Institute-Kigumba, the young people and the country as a whole. The project offers a unique value proposition in all aspects but more importantly, in the provision of specialized training and employment of our citizens.”

The TotalEnergies EP Uganda General Manager said participants will also receive intensive training on health, safety and Environment.

‘Due to the highly risky and technical nature of the industry, health, safety and environment are priorities for TotalEnergies and key aspects of the Tilenga project. The safety of our employees, contractors and communities is of paramount importance to the Company,” he said.

The Tilenga project operated by TotalEnergies EP Ugand

The Tilenga project will produce 230,000 barrels of oil at plateau from the 6 fields of Ngiri, Jobi Rii, Gunya Fields in Contract Area 1 and Mputa-Nzizi-Waraga, Kasemene-Wahrindi, Kigogole-Ngara, Nsoga and Ngege fields in License Area 2.

Over 400 wells will be constructed on 31 well pads for the production of these resources in order to minimize the project footprint. The project targets to start oil production in early 2025.

TotalEnergies EP Uganda is committed to undertaking the Tilenga project in accordance with national regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and with the IFC Performance Standards.

7 replies on “Total Energies starts free online course to skill Ugandans in oil and gas”

  1. I appreciate the opportunity that has created for majority of the Youth in Uganda. I encourage fellow youth to actively involve and participate in our Country’s resource extraction as well as develpoment at large, thank you.

  2. its the right time to practice what has been preached by the instructors and personally am ready and good to go ,thanks to all the parties involved toward the production

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