Tullow Prepares Ugandan Women For Oil And Gas Careers


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viagra geneva;”>Among the key capacity and development training programmes, Tullow Oil recently embarked on, is its graduate engineering programme which recently enrolled young talented Uganda women who are now pursuing careers as petroleum engineers.

Among the beneficiaries are three skilled women; Joan Namukasa, Susan Namuganyi and Susan Musiime Okello. The three are pursuing careers as drilling engineers and are currently undergoing extensive technical training.

According to Cathy Adengo, Tullow Uganda’s spokesperson, the programme is internationally recognized and rewarding with experience guaranteed across the globe in countries where Tullow Oil Plc operates.

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Adengo said so far, the three Ugandan Drilling Engineers have attended a total of eight training courses in various countries all over the world such as Scotland, England, Ghana, France and United States of America.

“The technical trainings and mentorship opportunities they have received have not only empowered them as individuals, but are nurturing them into well groomed female engineers instrumental to the country’s national development,” she noted.

Speaking to the talented engineers, Joan Namukasa said, “A career in Petroleum Engineering is hugely interesting and I would love to see more women in the profession because it is truly a rewarding experience.”

Joan Namukasa Kamya joined Tullow in 2010 is part of the Graduate Drilling Engineering Training Program where Graduate Engineers spend time on Tullow’s various field sites to attain the relevant operational experience.

She is in charge of producing daily drilling operations reports in a system dubbed ‘Well View’, following up on the Persons on Board (POB), preparing mud reports and project cost estimates, preparing the 24 hours look ahead and also following up on the service companies.

Adengo explained: “Her development program requires her to be at the rig site to learn about the drilling operations as per the design, program, and detailed procedure of the well. This is because at the office they do the design, the program and the detailed procedures. While on site they ensure that the programs and procedures are followed to the letter by the service companies and the drilling contractors.”

The second talented well engineer on this programme is Susan Musiime-Okello, who also joined Tullow in 2010 as a Graduate Drilling Engineer fresh from university after pursuing a Masters in Petroleum and Environmental Process Engineering with no experience in the Oil and Gas industry.

Tullow was keen to develop and enhance her skills through training in various subjects of the oil industry as well as enable her obtain the required hands-on experience required to make her a competent Drilling Engineer.

“In light of this, she spent the most part of the first year and the following years with Tullow working at the rig sites in Uganda (such as Kigogole-6, Nsoga-2, Ngege-3 and Waraga-1), being part of, participating and learning from the drilling operations as well as the experienced personnel conducting the operations, who are always more than willing to help.

In addition, her role involves offering support to the field from the office in Kampala, under the supervision of the more senior Drilling Engineers,” explained Adengo.

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The third talented Ugandan lady is Susan Namuganyi who joined Tullow as a graduate drilling engineer in 2011 and has since then developed into a Wellsite Drilling Engineer with immense opportunities at her disposal in her current role.

“Since her enrollment in the training program, Susan has worked on land rigs in Uganda (onshore) and on deepwater projects in Ghana (offshore). Outside the field experience, Tullow through the training programme has facilitated her in-class training courses with key Petroleum Engineering training providers to supplement the self-study modules and in-house discussions,” noted Adengo.

Adengo added: “It is often times difficult for women to be taken as seriously as men on technical subjects in the field of Petroleum Engineering and as such, it is important for Susan and her fellow female colleagues to prove their technical abilities which Tullow Uganda has made possible through a structured development programme for Well Engineers of which they are a part.”

According to Susan Musiime-Okello, being female has not hindered her learning process at all as she is treated with respect by her male counterparts. In addition to the valuable learning that she is receiving, the newlywed mother of one has also had the chance to travel the world and experience different cultures which are invaluable to her as she interacts and works with colleagues from all over the world.

As the process to becoming a skilled Drilling Engineers takes time and lots of experience, the learning never ends and Tullow is continuously coming up with programs to continue the learning process.


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