Aker Kvaerner has helped fund a mobile water well drilling rig that will supply safe water for the community of Cabinda, Angola. The rig was handed over to the local community in an official ceremony in Cabinda in Angola last weekend.
Aker Kvaerner has been fully committed to the health, safety and the environment (HSE) of the local community in Angola since the company entered this region in 1998. Money has been raised, in partnership with oilfield operator Total, through a bonus scheme linked to the positive HSE results achieved on the deepwater Dalia project off the west coast of Africa.
“As a large company we are a significant part of the societies in which we operate and, as such, we believe in playing our part in the community,” says Raymond Carlsen, executive vice president, Aker Kvaerner Subsea. “We support and run many initiatives that aim to improve social conditions by involving and educating local people. This is a philosophy that pervades all parts of our global operations.”
The local community will see immediate improvements in the supply of safe water as the rig can provide Cabinda with ten wells for the current costs of drilling one well. The size of the drilling rig and its ability to drill shallow wells (50 – 100 metres) in a cost efficient manner makes it one of a kind in this region.
“Four bore-holes have been drilled since the rig’s start-up in September,” continues Carlsen. “The local community has been trained to operate the machinery and can now drill the wells independently.”
The Norwegian non-governmental organisation (NGO) Yme, specialised in the sector of water and sanitation, shelter and agriculture, is handling the operation of the donated drill rig. Yme is a humanitarian organisation that implements emergency and development projects in third world countries. They cooperate in partnership with local people to find sustainable solutions.
“The need for safe water in Cabinda is extremely high. No village or settlement has sufficient water supply as per today. The local government believes that this drill rig is of huge importance to achieve their goal of safe water supply for everyone in Cabinda. Being a non-profit organisation, private donors like Aker Kvaerner and Total, who take social responsibility in the regions they operate in seriously, are essential to us”, says Geir Ommundsen, managing director of Yme.
Aker Kvaerner was awarded the contract to deliver the subsea oil production system for Total’s Dalia project in May 2003.