If you wonder about what Local Content is all about, then take a look at our business activities in Ghana.
As of 2015, 40% of Maersk Drilling’s employees on board Maersk Voyager operating offshore Ghana and 50% of the employees at the local office were Ghanaian.
In order to ensure local growth through resource development, many economies have introduced local content requirements into their governmental and regulatory frameworks, as well as into their formal stakeholder expectations. Maersk Drilling believes that if host nations, oil companies, drilling contractors and other business partners work strategically to include local content, then value will be maximised for all parties.
40% Ghanaian employees on board Maersk Voyager
Maersk Drilling is very content with the way local Ghanaian employees performs in the company. What is happening in Ghana could very well develop into a model for how to work with local content other places.
“We have many good Ghanaian employees currently employed. Some of them have already been promoted to higher and more demanding positions and we are currently training others to follow in the same direction,” says Ben Pomford, Rig Manager of Maersk Voyager in Ghana.
As part of our local content plan, the Rig Team has a number of positions that they would like to nationalize over the coming years. They plan to provide Ghanaians with training and prepare them for these positions.
“The local authorities see great value in Ghanaians getting as much knowledge and training as possible from companies like Maersk Drilling and the Ghanaians are very proud to work for us, which brings us great value in return,” explains Ben Pomford.
Local content requirements
Maersk Drilling’s Rig Team in Ghana is in close dialogue with the local authorities. The Rig Team has developed a local content plan, which has been approved by the Ghanaian Petroleum Commission. The local content plan is discussed on an ongoing basis and the Petroleum Commission advises and directs the Rig Team on how best to proceed.
“The local authorities wants us to train Ghanaians to make them capable of running drilling rigs themselves in the future. They are well aware that this will not happen overnight, but they hold a strong stance in getting Ghanaians trained and ready for the future, says Ben Pomford”.
Ready for the future
With its newfound oil richness and its position as one of the most prosperous West African countries, Ghana stands to benefit immensely from foreign investments. In 2015, Maersk Drilling commenced on a 3.5-year contract with Eni Ghana Exploration and Production in the Offshore Cape Three Points Project.
Foreign investments can lead to local development if foreign and local stakeholders cooperate. In Ghana, the local stakeholders are conscious that the oil and gas industry in Ghana is only in its first phase and that it can positively affect the country through employment, procurement and capacity development