Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, May 15, GNA – International oil
companies (IOCs) and Joint Venture companies have been called upon to help
build and develop indigenous Ghanaian companies to their full capabilities
within the oil and gas industry.
Mr Egbert Faibille Jnr., Chief Executive
Officer of the Petroleum Commission, called on the IOCs to partner the
Commission to train more engineers of the Commission in Landmark Software to
enhance their skills in the upstream sector.
He said such training would enhance the
skills of the Engineers in the discharge of their duties and offer the
necessary expertise to the general development of the Petroleum Sector.
Speaking at a side-line event organised
alongside the just-ended Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas,
USA, Mr Faibille Jnr indicated that Ghana, on its part was taking measures to
train and build the capacities of its citizen, especially the youth, to enable
them to work in the sector.
He said through the Accelerated Oil and Gas
Capacity (AOGC), a flagship programme of the Commission that was established in
2017, the youth in-country would be empowered with the needed skill set through
series of capacity building training to work in the oil and gas sector.
“As a Commission, we are grateful for
Halliburton’s willingness to come on board to support activities of AOGC,” he
On his part, Mr John Peter Amewu, Minister
of Energy wooed more investors to Ghana saying that: “With the soon to be
developed Petroleum hub in the Western Region of the country, it is evident
that our dear nation is poised for investment opportunities”.
In a remark, Mr Joseph Cudjoe, Deputy
Minister of Energy in charge of Finance and Infrastructure, said the current
prevailing economic conditions in Ghana required serious minded business people
who would operate within the confines of the legal regimes being provided.
Mr Barath Kanan, Senior Area Manager in
charge of Halliburton Africa operations, indicated that the success story of Halliburton
was as a result of local content participation and their JV partnership since
He said Halliburton was therefore, committed
to increasing training in technology transfer by 10 percent for Ghanaians under
The Ghanaian delegation that attended the
2019 OTC, organised from May 6th to 9th, earlier toured the Halliburton
headquarters in Houston.
They included; PC and its registered
companies, some officials from the Ministry of Energy and Parliamentary Select
Committee on Energy.
They also embarked on a laboratory and
facility tour to acquaint themselves with the rock technologies and operations
of the company.
The field visit formed part of
business-to-business meetings of the OTC, which marks its 50th anniversary
celebration of OTC.
The four day conference afforded global
leaders within the upstream sector, industry players and stakeholders to
deliberate on effective and sustainable ways to promote local content and local
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