The ILOGS base in Pointe-Noire significantly
increased its logistics and port capacity,
with six hectares of service-center facilities,
a 200-meter jetty extension and a new
23,000-square-meter metal-fabrication yard
built by Friedlander. The BosCongo site
installed two heavy-duty welding lines and a
general welding and bending line. Total E&P
Congo increased the storage capacity of its
logistics base by about 10,000 square meters
and built a new workshop to maintain subsea
These facilities form a powerful engine for
developing the Republic of Congo’s industrial
capacity. Today, they are available for other
projects and fabrication activities and will
facilitate the country’s access to new markets,
including those outside the oil industry.
Furthermore, the construction of maintenance
shops by local businesses, their acquisition
of machine tools, and their construction of
heavy-duty production lines and new storage
areas increase their chances of winning
future contracts. These advantages will help
competitive industry to emerge, supporting the
Republic of Congo’s economic diversification.
We set local-content requirements for all major
contractors—beginning with the call for tenders.
To promote in-country fabrication, those
contractors made binding commitments to
award a significant share of their work packages
to local businesses, who in turn committed
to outsource some of their work locally. We
re-scoped certain contracts to put them within
the reach of local businesses.
As a result of this cascading strategy, more
than 12,000 local jobs were created by the
637 local businesses that participated. These
Congolese workers fabricated 12,000 tons of
equipment and structures at local yards.
We applied a similar strategy to high-value-added services and consultancies. Local
companies such as Emexdis, a business
specializing in detailed engineering, considerably
strengthened their skills and workforce and
ultimately diversified their activities in the space
of just a few months.
DEVELOPING NEW EXPERTISE
The international companies involved also
formed partnerships with local businesses to
transfer skills and technology to the Republic of
Congo. Their goal was to develop new expertise
within Congolese businesses—especially those
that operate in diverse industries.
To ensure that Congolese staff would hold
management and supervisory positions, the