Aker Energy pledges US$4.5mn capacity-building support in Ghana

Image 31Aker Energy, the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block, has pledged US$4.5mn in support for the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity-Building (AOGC) programme in Ghana

The programme is designed to enhance the competencies and expertise of Ghanaians in the oil and gas sector.

Established in November 2017, the AOGC programme is the latest phase of several capacity-building initiatives in Ghana.

The Petroleum Commission-led programme, set to run for five years, seeks to train individuals in various vocational and technical areas, as well as to build the capacity of educational institutions to be able to train students and award internationally recognised training certificates.

Jan Helge Skogen, country manager of Aker Energy in Ghana, emphasised that the programme’s efforts align well with Aker Energy’s commitment to go beyond local content and take part in building the necessary competencies and skills to prepare the local workforce for jobs in the industry.

“Aker Energy will support the Petroleum Commission to certify vocational and technical experts, preparing them for jobs in the industry. Under AOGC, we will also seek support from, and utilise, Ghanaian educational institutions to increase competency levels through training of local trainers’ programme,” Skogen added.

Egberg Faibille Jnr, acting chief executive officer of the Petroleum Commission., commented, “The investment of Ghanaians in the upstream sector is expected to rise to levels that will prove that AOGC is a bold attempt to ensure that our people take their rightful place in the industry.”

The AOGC Programme, supported by projects by Aker Energy, will also provide business and management training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and ensure continuous professional development of employees of various public institutions connected to the oil and gas industry.

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