E. Guinea - local content in practice
Beyond the call of duty?
Many of the IOCs active in Equatorial Guinea have active programs of capacity
building at a number of levels, which go beyond what is required by either the
Hydrocarbons Law or their contractual agreements with the Equatoguinean
For example, the oil company Marathon employs 65% of its staff locally, 70%
including contractors, although these ratios drop off significantly moving up
Arguably outside the strict remit of a "local content" program, in
2003, Marathon commenced a $13 million public private partnership malaria
campaign with the government which eliminated some 95% of disease carrying
mosquitoes in Equatorial Guinea, and has lead to a 44% reduction in infected
children. Marathon says the campaign employed some 200 Equatoguineans, and
capacity through reduction of sick days.
In 2007, the company says it initiated a "five day business skills
workshop" comprising strategic planning, negotiations and project
which it developed initially for national staff but extended to include civil
servants and national energy company employees. The program has been extended
using online material.
The company has also initiated a craft training program, which has thus far
trained 500 potential workers. It says that those not directly employed “are
available for local business.”
Marathon has also – with Bechtel – initiated a supplier forum, resulting in a
“Yellow Pages” of potential suppliers in Equatorial Guinea which it says, is
being continually expanded.