Exxon to Pay Eni $2.8 Billion for Mozambique Gas Block Stake

March 9th, 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it will buy 25 percent of a liquefied natural gas project off Mozambique from Italy's Eni SpA for about $2.8 billion as the U.S. oil giant expands its worldwide LNG footprint. Exxon will buy half of Eni's 50 percent stake in offshore Area 4, the Irving, Texas-based explorer said in a statement on Thursday. The concession, where Eni discovered gas in 2011, holds an estimated at 85 trillion cubic feet of the fuel. Exxon's purchase price represents a 47 percent discount to what China National Petroleum Corp. paid for one-fifth of the asset in 2013, said Sam Margolin of Cowen and Co.

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Agreement between Futuro Skills and UGL

January 25th, 2017

RBR Group Limited (RBR) is pleased to announce that its skills training subsidiary Futuro Skills has been appointed by leading diversified services company UGL to provide training and competency assessment services to UGL's personnel mobilising for shutdown and maintenance activities for their major blue-chip clients. UGL has, with the assistance of Futuro Skills, established a training and assessment facility at an existing site within the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. At this facility, the initial requirement is anticipated to exceed 2,000 competency assessments per annum to support UGL's West Australian-based projects, with potential to expand the services.

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HRH Prince Andrew Inaugurates Futuro Skills Training Centre

October 4th, 2016

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, KG visited RBR Group Limited's (RBR) whollyowned training subsidiary, Futuro Skills Mozambique Lda (Futuro Skills) on 27 September 2016, interacting with staff and students before inaugurating the training centre. Futuro Skills, the first grantee under the Training for Resilience (T4R) component of the JOBA Employment Fund, financed by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), is recruiting, training, assessing and creating employment opportunities in the building and construction industry for a minimum of a hundred disadvantaged Mozambicans. RBR's 60% subsidiary PacMoz Lda (PacMoz) is providing a range of key support services to Futuro Skills and the trainees.

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HRH Prince Andrew Futuro Skills Mozambique

Futuro Skills Secures new UK Government Funding

September 6th, 2016

RBR Group Limited's (RBR) wholly-owned training subsidiary, Futuro Skills Mozambique Lda (Futuro Skills), has signed a UK-government backed contract to deliver training in Mozambique. This contract falls under the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Training for Resilience (T4R) Fund, which was recently created through the allocation of £1 million of funding for non-state training providers, and complements the training needs of the broader Skills for Employment (S4E) Fund as reported in the ASX announcement dated 8 June 2016. Futuro Skills' new contract, signed with BMB Mott MacDonald as DFID's local implementation partner, is valued at approximately £180,000 (A$315,000).

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Futuro Skills secures Veolia as a client in Australia

August 29th, 2016

RBR Group Limited's ("RBR") wholly-owned subsidiary, Futuro Skills ("Futuro Skills"), has entered into an Agreement with Veolia Environmental Services ("Veolia") to provide a training management consultancy service to deliver efficient, safe and productive training outcomes for the company and its workforce in Western Australia, commencing in October 2016. Futuro Skills' innovative competency management system is based on the nationally-recognised training framework integrated into company operations and procedures.

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Futuro Skills participates in launch of UK Government's JOBA/S4E training programme in Mozambique

August 10th, 2016

RBR Group Limited's (RBR) wholly-owned Mozambican training subsidiary, Futuro Skills Mozambique Lda (Futuro Skills), played an integral role in the 4 August 2016 launch of the JOBA/Skills for Employment (S4E) Employment Fund in Maputo, Mozambique. S4E has been allocated funding of GBP18M by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID), with Mott MacDonald appointed as the implementation partner and Coffey the evaluation partner.

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JOBA/S4E Launch

Futuro Skills secures first commercial training contract in Mozambique

August 3rd, 2016

RBR Group Limited (RBR) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned Mozambican training subsidiary, Futuro Skills Mozambique Lda (Futuro Skills), has secured its first commercial training contract with a blue chip client. Futuro Skills has been contracted by Sasol Limited (Sasol) to provide vocational training in two technical disciplines to their employees and contractors at their facilities in the Inhassoro district of Inhambane Province, Mozambique. The training is scheduled to commence in September 2016.

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Strategic Alliance with Site Group International

July 29th, 2016

RBR Group Limited (RBR) is pleased to announce the commencement of a Strategic Alliance with Site Group International (Site, ASX: SIT) to pursue the development and delivery of technical training services to Mozambique's emerging resources sector. The focus of the Alliance will be on offering high end Operations and Maintenance (O&M) skills to develop a competent supply of skilled local labour, which is currently almost non-existent, for the target growth industries in Mozambique.

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Award of UK Government Funding for Vocational Training in Mozambique

June 8th, 2016

The United Kingdom government's Department for International Development (DFID) has accepted Futuro Skills' proposal for vocational skills training of Mozambican nationals, submitted under their JOBA Employment Fund, part of the Mozambican Skills for Employment (S4E) programme.

The maximum individual grant is GBP1.5M (approx. A$3.0M). The Futuro Skills proposal applied for the full amount. The proposal is to train 1,000 Mozambicans in a range of construction & engineering skills with additional "employment services", over a three year period, commencing in Q3 2016. The training will take place at Futuro Skills' facilities in Maputo/Matola, Mozambique.

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Futuro Skills completes construction of welding bays

May 25th, 2016

Futuro Skills is pleased to announce we have completed the construction of 9 modern and safe welding bays at our Matola facility, Mozambique. The welding bays are the beginning of our strategy to become the first American Welding Society (AWS) approved training facility in Africa. Our welder training facilities will help address Mozambique considerable shortage of skilled and certified welders. We will be able to offer skills assessments, verification of competency and recognised training in:

  • Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW);
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW);
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW);
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

Programs will also include fabrication and sheetmetal training and assessment.

Futuro Skills Matola Welding Bays

Exxon Mobil in talks to buy into Eni's giant Mozambique gas field

March 25th, 2016

Exxon Mobil is in talks to buy a stake of around 15 percent in Italian oil major Eni's giant Area 4 gas field in Mozambique, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Exxon is seen as a front-runner to buy into Eni's gas development and this would be the U.S. firm's first big acquisition since the oil price collapse. Area 4, in which Eni holds a 50 percent operating stake, is located in Mozambique's Rovuma Basin, where gas in place amounts to some 85 trillion cubic feet - one of the richest gas discoveries of recent times.

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SkillsDMC to Continue to Lead Skilling for Resources and Infrastructure

January 28th, 2016

SkillsDMC continues to develop the Industry-validated competency framework for high quality skills development in the Coal Mining, Metalliferous Mining, Quarrying (Extractive), Drilling and Civil Infrastructure industry sectors.

An announcement by the Australian Vocational Education and Skills Minister, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker confirmed that SkillsDMC will continue to provide the function previously provided by Industry Skills Councils to the resources and infrastructure industry in Australia.

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Australia assists African skills development

January 27th, 2016

The speed of Africa's emergence as a global resources and energy leader has far exceeded the continent's ability to satisfy the demand for its minerals, oil and gas.

Lacklustre infrastructure and mining policy are often pointed to as shortfalls of Africa's extractives sector, but too often the foundation of the industry – the workforce – is overlooked in the conversation.

Fortunately for Africa, Australia is investing in the cogs that turn the continent's mining machine.

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Mozambique Magic

December 9th, 2015

A fortuitous meeting between two Mozambique-focused companies is set to help lay the framework for the African nation to take control of its growing resources sector.

Futuro Skills is a subsidiary of Australian minerals explorer Rubicon Resources, which has begun turning its focus towards establishing a presence in the Mozambican resources services sector. To this end, Futuro has been working towards constructing a medical and resources training facility in the port city of Pemba in Mozambique's north, with the aim of helping meet local content requirements at resources projects in the region.

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Futuro Skills Mozambique

South Africa: Mozambique to Expand Gas Pipeline to SA

November 30th, 2015

The Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco), a joint venture between Sasol, Companhia Mocambiçana de Gasoduto and South African Gas Development Company (iGas), plans to expand the 865km gas pipeline that transports gas from Mozambique to South Africa.

The US$210m expansion entails the installation of a pipeline parallel to the existing one from scraper station 1 (STS1), which is about 128km from the Central Processing Facility (CPF) at Temane, Mozambique, over a length of 127km where it connects back into the main pipeline at scraper station 2, Sasol said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

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Rompco Mozambique Pipeline

Preliminary Design Completed for Futuro Skills Pemba Training Facility

November 26th, 2015

Futuro Skills is pleased to release preliminary designs for the Pemba Medical, Training and Camp facilities.

The 6 acre site has a pre-employment/deployment medical assessment centre, large open and undercover practical training and assessment areas View Image, BOSIET training facilities View Image and shower block, 8 comfortable classrooms View Image, canteen facilities, 200 bed camp View Image, recreation/sport facilities, and self-sufficient power and water treatment plants.

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Futuro Skills Training Facility Pemba

Kenya: UK, Germany Address Skill Gaps in Oil and Gas

November 5th, 2015

Nairobi — THE United Kingdom and German have designed an initiative aimed equipping local populations with skills needed to seize job opportunities in the oil and gas sector in East Africa and Mozambique.

The initiative by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID-Kenya) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), dubbed Skills for Oil and Gas Africa (SOGA) will focus on Kenya, Uganda Tanzania and Mozambique.

The five year project (2015-2019) implemented by GIZ and co-funded by UK aid (£25 million) is expected to help 32 000 local people to get sustainable jobs in the sector over the period.

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Oil and Gas Opportunities in Mozambique

Futuro Skills Collaborative Partnership with SkillsDMC

October 26th, 2015

RBR Group Limited's skills training business Futuro Skills, and SkillsDMC, which operates the Industry Skills Council for the Australian Resources and Infrastructure Industry, have agreed to a collaborative partnership for the design and implementation of holistic workforce development programmes in Mozambique.

The Futuro Skills and SkillsDMC partnership will offer Mozambique's emerging resources industry a unique solution to their local workforce skills challenges.

The partnership is equally relevant in many other developing countries, providing enormous potential for future growth.

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Futuro Skills SkillsDMC Collaborative Partnership

Anadarko and Canada's Colleges and Institutes sign MoU for oil and gas training in Mozambique

September 21st, 2015

Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) and American gas and petroleum exploration company Anadarko in Mozambique (AMA1) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a program for the promotion and development of vocational training in Mozambique.

The agreement was signed by John Peffer, CEO of Anadarko in Mozambique, and Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, in the presence of Shawn Barber, High Commissioner of Canada to Mozambique and Edmundo Jossefa, Secretary General of the Commission for the Reform of Professional Education (COREP) in Mozambique.

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Germany supports Mozambique with 128 million euros

July 6th, 2015

The government of Germany announced aid of 128 million euros for development projects in Mozambique over the next two years as part of bilateral cooperation, under an agreement signed Friday in Maputo.

The document was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Oldermiro Baloi, and the German ambassador in Maputo, Phillipp Shauer, who said that funds would allow work to continue in education, sustainable economic development and decentralisation for rural development.

The diplomat said that 50 million euros were earmarked for the education sector, mainly for the expansion of technical and vocational education.

The remaining amount will be channeled to the areas of biodiversity protection, promotion of sound financial governance and improving access to energy, through the modernisation and expansion of the electricity network.

The German ambassador in Maputo said that, taking into account the support of the former German Democratic Republic, his country had provided over 1 billion euros for development in Mozambique.

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