- Can you introduce us your structure?
Since 2017, Senegal has completed a successful exploration cycle with significant offshore gas discoveries in St. Louis and Cayar and oil in Sangomar. These campaigns have been supported by Senegalese onshore logistics teams working for multinational companies based in Dakar. In order to better respond to the customized needs of operators and their contractors, a 100% Senegalese company was created to promote local expertise and offer a credible and efficient alternative to the challenges faced by this new industry. Thus, SENTRAK LOGISTICS since its creation in April 2017 accompanies the oil and gas sector. As a serious player in logistics in Senegal, we rely mainly on our experience as a pioneer but also on our partnership with the leaders of oil and gas logistics in the world. We offer innovative solutions to the different companies involved in the value chain in compliance with the strictest standards thanks to our approach based on the QSE ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 referentials in force.
From 2017 to the present, our company has provided the following services to the sector:
- Customs broker
- Ship Consignee
- Air and sea freight organizer
- Assistance to onshore and marine personnel
- Logistics base management
- Provision of qualified personnel
- Certified equipment rental
2-Your structure is young, what made you decide to settle in Senegal?
Senegal is a regional leader in terms of economy, governance and peace. These conditions combined with the development of a new and very promising sector constitute favorable macroeconomic incentives for private investment. In addition, our active involvement in previous exploration campaigns as logistical executives with well-trained Senegalese teams has allowed us to understand the real need to position ourselves as a local company serving the expectations of our demanding clients.
Our will in creating SENTRAK LOGISTICS is to prove to the rest of the world that Senegal has the expertise to manage large-scale projects. It is important to underline that we are in an approach of continuous improvement because the environment in which we evolve requires it to us.
3-Can you explain what local content is and how important it is to the country?
Local content is a concept that aims to raise awareness and promote the share of nationals in the industry through training in new trades. The implementation of a successful local content policy must start from the analysis of skills to meet the upgrading needs of national actors. In Senegal, Article 25 of the constitution gives the country's natural resources to the people. Local content is a perfect tool for equity and promoting employment and entrepreneurship in the oil and gas sector. It is important to emphasize that local content generates added value to ensure the viability and profitability of projects. Without rushing into things, the authority in charge of this policy would benefit from mapping all the trades before setting up a "gap filling" program to facilitate access to contracts. Monitoring performance and promoting local champions can substantially improve the local content rate over a given period. The success of this policy has a significant impact on the inflow of foreign currency into the country, employability, the rate of local employment created, the improvement of corporate governance standards, transparency and the mastery of project life cycle management processes. Within SENTRAK LOGISTICS, the rate of local content is 92% in terms of employment and + 90% in terms of subcontracting.
4-Why did you participate in the MSGBC? What do you plan to do in the hydrocarbon sector?
Between 2017 and 2020, SENTRAK LOGISTICS has worked on behalf of about fifteen oil and parapetroleum companies involved in the value chain (Upstream mainly). Based on this experience and the successes recorded during these 3 years of implementation of the best practices of the sector, we wished to share with the interested parties (government - private partners - customers - suppliers - etc.) our vision of the sector and bring our contribution to the construction of a local fabric focused on performance.
The MSGBC summit is a meeting during which, many international actors realized that SENTRAK LOGISTICS is a serious answer to certain concerns nourished by actors as for the capacity of Senegalese to ensure the supply chain of a development project of the size of GTA or SANGOMAR.
Our ambition is to position ourselves throughout the region in order to accompany the actors who promote the MSGBC basin.
5-Production of oil and gas generates important resources for countries. How can we ensure that these resources benefit the African populations, the first holders of gas and oil?
In addition to the institutional framework in place, the legislation in place and the reforms underway constitute first-rate shields to prevent the plundering of resources. This dynamic must be propelled by responsible governance and transparency in the
different stages of decision making. The people having conferred legitimacy to citizens, the latter have the obligation to deserve this confidence by directing their decision towards the interest of this same sovereign people.
We welcome the foresight of the authorities and urge them to develop the technical capacities of the sector's managers.
6-Can Africa's significant gas resources be considered as a lever for growth in power generation, diversification of economies and support for major industries such as agriculture?
Gas production in Africa is a real opportunity for people to have access to sufficient, low-carbon electricity. This will necessarily require the capacity building of national refining/production and distribution companies. To transform the first T/gas into electrical energy, a short and medium term investment plan would guarantee the existence of quality infrastructures and an efficiency in the management of social emergencies in our countries.
7-what future for African oil?
Africa has always been a continent that is highly trafficked by the rest of the world thanks to its natural resources and rich intangible heritage. Today, Nigeria and many Maghreb countries have a certain maturity in the production of oil and gas. New hubs are emerging such as: Ghana - Ivory Coast - MSGBC countries - Mozambique, etc.).
The awareness of public authorities and the willingness to strengthen the legislation governing this sector is a salutary step that, in the long run, will allow the African continent to fully benefit from the profits that this industry offers.