Aker Energy Ghana Limited, has affirmed its commitment to support the government in its plans to boost development in the oil and gas sector.

According to Chief Executive Officer of Aker Energy Mr Jan Avre Haugen, his outfit is ready to support government with some $ 4.5 million to help develop local content and train more persons to be well equipped for the oil and gas industry.

President Akufo Addo last year November launched the new capacity development programme for Ghana’s oil and gas sector dubbed “Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme”

The programme is aimed at empowering Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies with the requisite skills for them to actively participate in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.

The AOGC Programme which has been carefully conceived combines different capacity building initiatives as well as new initiatives, to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry. It is categorized in four thematic areas namely: Technical, Vocational, Apprenticeship Development and Utilisation; Capacity Development of Educational Institutions; SME Capacity Building; and Public Institutional Development & Sector Management.

Mr Jan Avre Haugen was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Ghana session, a day dedicated for Ghanaian participants as part of the Offshore, North Sea Conference in Stavanger, Norway.

The conference saw Key players in Ghana’s oil and gas industry, including the regulator of the upstream sector, Petroleum Commission, GNPC, Norwegian and Ghanaian companies.

Aker Energy Ghana AS, a subsidiary of Aker Energy AS is preparing for an appraisal drilling campaign beginning October this year.

 

The drilling campaign is aimed helping Aker Energy to get a clear understanding and dynamics of the oil reserves as it works to present the development plan for the Deep Water Tano Cape Three Points (DWTCP) block.

Meanwhile this year’s ONS conference has been described by organisers as more extensive than ever with 620 speakers compared to 88 speakers in 2010. The number of delegates at the

Conference has also grown by 10 percent, compared to ONS 2016, with a total of 3 635 participants over three days. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened ONS 2018 Monday morning, followed by high-level discussions with prominent speakers such as Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Equinor and Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of UN Global compact

 

Emmanuel Ohene -Gyan

Stavanger -Norway