As part of our commitment to developing and transferring skills to the local community we have actively chosen to develop local contractors in concession areas as opposed to awarding contracts through a tender process. Selection is based on local contractors' awareness of UEP's HSE policy, standards and procedures; willingness to develop infrastructure according to the required standards as well as consideration of the rates and quality of services available in the regional market.
Local contractors are engaged to undertake preparation of well locations, access roads and supply skilled and/or unskilled manpower. We have developed 14 contractors from Badin concession over the last three decades. Adopting a similar philosophy we are also developing contractors from our MKK concession since the beginning of our E&P activity in this area.
The idea behind developing and engaging local contractors is to create more employment opportunities within the concession areas and thereby contribute to the district economy. On average approximately 3,500 to 4,000 locals are engaged by these contractors.