The Socio-Economic Program
Job creation and technology Transfer
- Construction of the onshore facilities required vehicle and machine operators, welders, mechanics, maintenance technicians, people expert in a variety of construction and engineering-related trades, administrative staff, supervisors and security guards. Total E&P Myanmar and its subcontractors provided the requisite training to ensure that the workforce would be able to satisfy the lead time, quality and safety requirements of the project. Employees acquired skills in a broad array of complex techniques, and local subcontractors, as well as local partner MOGE, gained valuable experience. Construction of the offshore complex yielded similar benefits.
- To prepare the local managers and operators who would be responsible for producing the gas, around 100 Myanmar technicians and engineers underwent 18 months to two years of training at Total training centers and in affiliates at a cost of US$10 million. While the training was essential to the project's success, it also gave local managers an opportunity to expand their horizons and meet many of their foreign peers, thereby contributing, albeit modestly, to the opening up of Myanmar society.
- MOGE, which directly operates some of the country's oil and gas reserves, benefited from its partnership with Total E&P Myanmar by gaining new experience and access to cutting-edge technology and modern management methods. Open professional dialogue between a responsible multinational corporation and a local oil company, rooted in mutual respect, inevitably fuels progress.
Multinationals can bring manifold advantages to a developing country, including technology transfer, opportunities for personal development, and exposure to new ideas. The standards imported by Total have a favorable impact on local working conditions, environmental issues and safety practices. Although the oil and gas industry is extremely capital intensive and creates proportionally fewer jobs than other industries such as textiles and hospitality, the fact that it uses contract-based employment, pays salaries that are significantly higher than local wages, provides medical and retirement benefits, and applies strict health and safety rules sets a positive example for the country.