Oil economy has been and will become a major player in the global economy and international trade for many years to come.
40% of oil production is extracted from offshore platforms; 10% of which is extracted from deep offshore platforms.
Oil market, despite the scarcity of the resource, is in steady evolution. The need for field development is exponential.
In this line of business, the Kingdom of Morocco has undertaken for a number of years an oil exploration policy. Through appealing measures, it has attracted the biggest oil companies with operating concessions 2 of which are certified by the ONHYM (Moroccan oil authority) in addition to 34 international companies and partners by the end of March 2014 (82 offshore exploration licenses) - a very important economic and political issue.
It is obvious that the stakes for the Kingdom are numerous, hence the need to promote HSE culture, particularly through the Moroccan Observatory of Health, Safety and Environment, in order to comply with international standards and to become a major player in professional training in offshore industry and HSE in North Africa.
These explorations obviously involve risks of accidents (the number of work related accidents in Morocco each year is around 200,000 cases, causing 2,000 deaths).
In this context, Morocco has recently launched its observatory of health, safety and environment and introduced in its Labor Law a chapter dedicated to the health and safety of employees.
The creation of an OPITO certified specialized training center (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization) became urgent, for there was in Morocco no training center specialized in safety.
The company Osita has the willingness to fill the gap at the national level with the creation of this center which aims at structuring the development of HSE culture in Morocco, actively contributing to the reduction of occupational accidents and the promotion of economic development for the country.
This OPITO certified diploma course shall help Morocco – so far lagging behind - catch up with other countries in Africa and Europe and comply with international standards.
Initially, this innovative training, including both international programs BOSIET and HUET, will enable future graduates acquire professional skills in this field of activity of high importance for Morocco. We can only congratulate and encourage the precursors and founders of this project and invite all institutional and private actors to promote their actions.
Master Abdelkrim Adyel
Phd in French & Comparative Law
Attorney at Law
Specialized in International Business Law and Maritime Law