The government of Senegal will invest $4,4 million in the construction of an oil and gas training center, which will partially be funded by the African Development Bank.
The school will be built in Bango, close to the Mauritanian border, which shares the massive Grand Tortue Ahmeyim gas field which is being jointly developed by both countries.
Minister of Professional Training H.E Dame Diop says that the goal is to strongly involve local youth in the country’s nascent petroleum sector. She added that the geographical location and size of the school aims to make it a sub-regional hub for oil and gas training.
The building works have started and will be finished within 24 months. The school will be able to cater to 2,000 students in the first phase, with potential expansions to come.
Senegal’s first hydrocarbons productions are planned for 2023 from two main areas; the Sangomar oil field offshore Dakar and the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim gas field straddling the Mauritania-Senegal offshore border. Since first discoveries in 2015, Senegal has created a strong institutional and legal framework through the establishment of the Oil & Gas Strategic Orientation Committee in charge of implementing the presidential vision; a new petroleum code; a historic cooperation agreement with Mauritania; among others.