The second in a series of evidence-based reports on the role of large engineering contractors in strengthening the positive local economic and social impact of capital investment projects in oil and gas sector in developing countries1. The first report looked at the operations in a low-middle income economy – the Philippines. This report looks at the asset support services of AMEC and its joint venture partner to an offshore gas development project in Timor-Leste; a low-income economy, with poor literacy and skills levels, an undeveloped private enterprise sector, an absence of physical infrastructure and weak government capacity. Our report comes at a time when many international oil and gas companies are challenged by ever more stringent ‘local content’ requirements – the preference of employment, training and supplier opportunities to nationals – and/or are increasingly aware that local content is a priority for those governments from whom they wish to win new concessions.
Michael Warner and Kyle Alexander