Oil Industry: Agadir International Training Center welds cracks

L’usineAfricaine 20-04-2017

When it comes to recruiting profiles, a company is always very demanding in terms of the skills required by the missions that these profiles have to fulfill. However, this is often not the case when these missions are linked to the health, safety and health aspects. These components are not priorities, while the number of victims is enormous. Indeed, according to the latest official figures (2011), 200 000 accidents are linked to work, including 2 000 fatal accidents. On the rate side, Morocco recorded 47.8 fatal work accidents per 100,000 workers during the same year. This is double the MENA area (Middle East and North Africa) and 16 times the figure in Finland. The construction sector is most affected by the physical exposure of the workers at their workplace (60 000 victims per year, 20% of them in Casablanca).

These alarming figures can be significantly reduced if industrialists in Morocco and the public authorities work together to create a “Hygiene Safety Environment” (HSE) culture in Moroccan companies. Notably, by adopting this culture through the training of appropriate skills. The importance of training such profiles is also evident and necessary in the major national and international projects of which Morocco is a stakeholder.


On 3 December, King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari kicked off an offshore pipeline project that is expected to link Nigeria, the third largest producer of natural gas in Africa, Morocco, and then ‘Europe. It is a Pharaonic project that will transform the countries through which it passes. It will extend the West African Gas Pipeline for 5,000 km, which since 2010 connects Nigeria to Ghana via Benin and Togo. The future stretch will run along the West African coast and will have considerable economic impact on the region. However, it is legitimate to ask: does Morocco and the countries concerned have the skilled labor force for such a huge project? Let us mention the case of welders. Projects such as this one will require a foreign “labor force” which will be expensive and will be paid in foreign currency. Why ? Because on such projects, one must be certified. A manufacturing welder will never be able to set foot without training in accordance with international standards and certified by recognized international bodies.

Training is therefore a sine qua non condition if Morocco really wants to give continental and international influence to its Emergence. Hence the importance of having establishments capable of forming such profiles.