Skip to main content

Ghana hosts Offshore West Africa conference

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.



Popular posts from this blog

Akuapem-Apirede to promote tourism

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The Chiefs and people of Akuapem-Apirede in the Okere Constituency of the Akuapem North Municipality have put in place strategic plans to promote tourist sites in the town.
Apiredehene, Nana Saforo Okoampah III told the Daily Express that their vision is to develop Apirede in a modern way.
“We want to have a modern society and environment. We are doing this on the basis of promoting tourism here,” he added.
According to the Apiredehene, it’s their plan to promote the historic sites and the geographical location of the community.
Apirede is one of the 17 towns that forms the Akuapem State and historically, it used to house the armours of the Akuapem State. The community is part of the Nifa division of Akuapem.
He stated that one of those things was called ‘Odosu’ (the war god for Okuapemhene). “The Chief Executioner in those days for Akuapem also came from Apirede and items that he used were also kept here,” he stated.
“These are a lot of things …

Ghana to benefit from oil spill fund

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

Ghana as crude oil importing country will benefit from the International Oil Pollution Corporation Fund if the country witnesses oil spill at its ocean.

“The fund is a global fund and it’s meant for the countries that import crude oil. The fund is voluntary but Ghana through the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) contributes annually on behalf of Ghana,” Mr. Kojo Agbenor Efunam, the Deputy Director in charge of oil and gas at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the Daily Express.

He explained that the fund is mostly for crude oil importing countries but not those into production and exportation.

Mr. Efunam further explained that once Ghana is part of the fund, anytime there is an oil spill involving an oil tanker on the seas of Ghana, the country can apply for the fund to solve any problem resulting from the spillage.

“If the incident does not involve a tanker the country does not benefit. But if the incident involves a tanker the country applies for the fund,” he ment…

PFM Act to guide local government authority borrowing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The bill, Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 921 which has been passed into law by Parliament is to guide public institutions especially the local government authority borrowing. The law was pass on 3rdAugust, 2016
According to the law, local government authority, a public corporation or state-owned enterprise is liable for the debt and other obligations without recourse to Government, unless otherwise explicitly guaranteed by Government in accordance with this Act.
Madam Eva Esselba Mends, the Chief Economic Officer and Group Head of PFM at the Ministry of Finance told the Daily Express that the law involves a lot but it also give instruction to how state institutions can borrow especially with the  local government authority.
She mentioned that there is no specific law in place that gives direction as to what local authority can do when it comes to borrowing by the authority. Other public corporations sometimes borrow with huge amount for their operation but loca…