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06.04.2012 Business & Finance

Ghana Summit Exhibitors Impressed …And Organisers too

By Agnes Chukwu, [News Editor, The Business Analyst]
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Many exhibitors at the recently held 3rd Ghana Summit on oil and gas, have expressed satisfaction at the turn-out of the 2012 event, and look forward to participating in future ones.

The 3rd Ghana Summit saw in attendance various local and international companies in the oil and gas industry, such as the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tullow Ghana Liited, Kosmos Energy, Expro, Vitol, Lukoil, ENI, FMC Technologies, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, among others.

In an interview with The Business Analyst, a representative from Baker Hughes, said the company, which has been in Ghana since 2009, provides drilling and evaluation, completions and production, pressure pumping, downstream service, fluids and chemicals as well as reservoir development services.

She added that hiring and developing local talents and investing in infrastructure are key targets in the company, which has renovated the old tobacco building into its office in the Western Region.

She stated also that Baker Hughes is serious about community involvement in projects, thus have supported the Sekondi School for the Deaf since 2009 with renovating the school by re-painting the dormitories, refurbishment and maintenance, creation of a computer lab and other initiatives for the school.

On local content development, a publication from the company revealed that Baker Hughes promotes the utilization of local services and products, wherever possible, to stimulate and provide economic growth and stability to the local economy. Currently, the publication stated, approximately 40% of the BHI work force is Ghanaian and steady growing.

For Expro, which has been in the country for two years providing services and products such as well testing and commissioning, production systems, wireline intervention, connectors and measurements, and deepwater intervention.

With regards to local content development, the company has its focus on training and development of graduates from the universities and polytechnics, through a personnel support programme that runs for two years, after which qualified candidates become fully employed by the company.

Also present at the exhibition, was Aquatec Marine Services Limited, a local company formed in 1990 as a Ghanaian-based diving company, carrying out both inshore and offshore services, such as underwater photography, inspection, haul cleaning and oil spillage services.

Speaking to The Business Analyst, Jack Hoffman disclosed that the company is the sole distributor of Castrol Marine Lubricants since 1999, having in stock a wide range of lubricants, oil and grease products.

In addition, Ropetec, a rope access company, which employs only the use of ropes to work both onshore and offshore, was present at the Exhibition.

The company, which is a year old in Ghana, has its head office in Dubai, its operations in Cape Town, South Africa and has branches in Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates.

According to Joseph A. Manlenze, the future for Ropetec was bright.

'This summit helped to establish ourselves as well as to advertise ourselves on what we do and who we are,” he disclosed.

On local content, he stated that the company has a high Ghanaian base, providing Ghanaians with more opportunities to work in their company.

With regards to Corporate Social Responsibility, he emphasized that the company is currently running a project in the Western Nzema Area-Jomoro District-where it has a Computer Training Centre and a Library Complex for children, with beneficiaries ranging from pre-school, Junior High School (JHS) to Senior High School (SHS) students.

The 3rd Ghana Summit on Oil and Gas which assembled operators in Ghana's oil and gas industry as well as suppliers and service providers was held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Tuesday 27th March – Thursday, 29th March, 2012.

and was organized by CWC, with Kros Ghana Limited as local partners.

“3rd Ghana Summit 2012 was a marked improvement over the previous years',” Yaw Kankam, CEO of Kros Ghana Limited, local organizing partners to CWC, told The Business Analyst, adding that “next year is going to be bigger!”

He said he was particularly impressed by the participation of Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), which attracted a lot of interest from participants and grateful to the company for being present to respond to participants' questions.

He disclosed that 30% of the total exhibitors to this year's Summit have already booked their stands for the next Ghana Summit to be held in 2013.

[The print version of this article was first published in The Business Analyst of Wednesday, April 4th – Tuesday, April 10th 2012] - E-mail:[email protected]

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