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07.10.2008 Business & Finance

Centre For Petroleum Studies Set Up

A Centre to train Ghanaians to take up responsibilities in the petrochemical industry has been established in Ghana, Known as the Centre for Petroleum Studies (CPS), Ghana, with its parent branch in Scotland.

The centre is to play a strategic role in providing training and research services and modern solutions for the oil and gas industry, in view of the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in the country.

The CPS will provide programmes such as the Introduction to Oil and Gas Industry, Fundamentals of Petroleum, Financing Petroleum Projects, International Petroleum Accounting, Introduction to Oil Well Control and Finance for Non-Financial Managers in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Technical Advisor to CPS-Ghana, Mr Emmanuel Bentum, said the centre had been providing in-house training and developing training courses through seminars in Accra for offshore and onshore companies based in the Africa Region.

He noted that CPS-Ghana undertook technical feasibility and operational studies, as well as provided technical support covering all aspects of the oil and gas industry.

“Today, with a network of multi-disciplinary oil field consultants throughout the world, we are recognised as setting the standard which we can bring to bear on our oil industry,” he stated.

Mr Bentum, who is also a lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), explained that the centre would bring down its own tutors from Scotland to provide quality tuition for Ghanaian students.

He added that the centre had the strategic aim of equipping energy professionals with the needed tools to enable them to contribute positively to the development of the oil and gas sector.

He noted that if the centre was well established in the country, there would be no need to train Ghanaians abroad with respect to acquiring professional knowledge and skills in the oil and gas industry.

Story by Sebastian Syme