Schlumberger hires 12 Guyanese for oilfield operations

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Some of the persons going through their oil-field operator training (TOTALTEC photo)

…from the most recent TOTALTEC academy programme

WORLD-renowned oilfield services giant Schlumberger has hired 12 Guyanese from the fifth graduating class of the TOTALTEC International Petroleum & Maritime Academy (IPMA).

According to a press release from TOTALTEC, six will begin their careers with additional training in Trinidad, while the other six will begin in Guyana.

“Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterisation, drilling, production and processing in the oil and gas industry, and is a major service provider to ExxonMobil Guyana. The new graduates can expect a wide range of opportunities over the course of their careers,” said the press release.

It noted that six of the graduates will travel to Trinidad, where Schlumberger has ongoing operations. It said they will undergo specialised training in wireline logging, a technique where sophisticated tools are lowered into wells on an electrical cable to provide continuous measurements to evaluate the subsurface, its geology and fluids. “The others will begin in Guyana operations, where Schlumberger is providing a range of offshore services with onshore support,” the release said.

This growth in its Guyanese workforce, the release said, demonstrates the deep commitment of Schlumberger to developing local people.
Guyana Manager for Schlumberger, Peter Cahill said, “I have been impressed with the breadth and quality of the training. In particular, their dedication and commitment to safety is to be commended. This is critical to a long and successful career in the oil industry.”
TOTALTEC Academy Manager, Joseph Singh, commented, “We are very proud of our graduates. Throughout the eight-week programme we challenged them to think critically, and understand the principles of tools and techniques they are being trained in. We are pleased to have them join Schlumberger and are confident they will succeed.”

Since its opening in early 2018, the TOTALTEC Academy has trained over 125 Guyanese for positions in the oil & gas industry. The training combines classroom and practical sessions, with an emphasis on safety and a culture of looking out for each other.