By Fred Sarpong
Over 60 both local and international companies will meet in Accra International Conference Centre to take part in Offshore West Africa Conference and Exhibition, from 19 – 21 March, 2013. The international conference is under the theme ‘Deepwater Discoveries, Emerging Opportunities.’
The three-day event expected to addresses key technology and development issues for the West African Offshore oil and gas market, through a comprehensive educational program.
This year event comes after a successful 2012 event held in Abuja, Nigeria, which attracted international audience from 32 countries around the world, including many major operators, with over 20% of attendees coming from outside of the West African region.
Ghana hosted similar event in Accra in both 2010 and 2011. The premier technical forum for West African offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry return to Ghana this year, for the 17th annual edition.
The Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC) will be the major partner, as it hosts the event in Ghana and it’s been spearheaded by PennWell Corporation.
At a media briefing in Accra last week, David Paganie, Director of Offshore Conference said it is over 17 years now since they offered opportunities to a lot of businesses across the globe.
He noted that this year conference and exhibition will take into consideration issues affecting oil and gas in the sub-region.
At the end of the event, awards will be given to some deserving participants. Among them will be best young engineer and best and quality presentations at the conference.
Theo Ahwireng, Manager Geophysics at GNPC also stated that his outfit is ready to welcome all participants from various countries to Ghana.
According to him, the organisers chose Ghana as a result of the success Ghana has had in oil and gas exploration sector. ‘The event will allow the country to take stock of activities done within the sector,’ he added.
Dr. Juliette Twumasi-Anokye, Legal Advisor to the Ghana’s Petroleum Commission said local content is very important to Ghana and will take a centre stage at the 2013 Offshore West African conference and exhibition.
She reiterated that one of their mandate is to manage the revenue accrue from the oil and gas sector. ‘The commission is taken very keen interest, when it come to local content and we will make sure that it benefit the country,’ said Dr. Twumasi-Anokye.
The Offshore West Africa 2013 will feature a technical and strategis conference program developed by an Advisory Board comprised of leading industry experts, as well as an exhibition showcasing products, technologies and services from global and regional oil and gas companies.