Fishing skills

Petroleum Commission trains 150 people in oil and gas skills

Egbert Faibille Jnr, Managing Director of Petroleum Commission

The Petroleum Commission (PC) is training 150 young Ghanaians in vocational, practical and practical skills that will enable trainees to seize opportunities in the upstream oil and gas industry.

They were selected from a pool of 3,500 Ghanaians through a rigorous and competitive selection procedure involving advertising, examination and a face-to-face interview process under the Accelerated Petroleum Capacity Building Project. and gas (AOGC).

The 150 are currently in residence at the Jubilee Technical Training Center (JTTC) at Takoradi Technical University (TTU).

Of the 150 students selected, 45 are from the West region – which represents 30% of the total number and makes it the region with the highest number of beneficiaries.

“Each of the interns will receive a City and Guilds International Professional Qualification (IVQ) Level III certificate. This certification will connect them to various job positions in the upstream petroleum sector. This is the first time that such an initiative has taken place in the oil and gas sector of this country.”

“The 150 interns are fully sponsored by the Petroleum Commission and receive a monthly stipend of GH¢1,000. This is in addition to absorbing the cost of training which amounts to USD 7,000 per trainee,” said Egbert Faibille Jnr, Managing Director of PC.

He was speaking during a meeting with the Western Regional House of Chiefs in Sekondi. The meeting aimed to update the house on updates on current oil and gas operations, completed projects, ongoing projects, planned projects and challenges in the sector. In addition, it was to create a platform for the Chamber to share its concerns with the Commission and provide advice on how it should conduct government business in the sector.

Some of the topics discussed included: updates on exploration and production activities; Health, Safety and Environment; Petroleum Security; community relations and social environment; as well as alternative dispute resolution in Ghana, among others.

He explained that interns are housed at TTU at no cost to them or their parents.

According to him, the program has four areas of technical training modules: mechanics, instrumentation, electricity and processes. “These professional fields have been strategically chosen to ensure that Ghanaians have the skills required in the oil and gas industry, and are well placed to fill positions to fulfill the local content mandate of the Commission,” he said. he adds.

Mr. Faibille said that the Commission, by adopting the recommendations of the Safe Access to the Seas Framework, has agreed with relevant stakeholders to put in place the cumulative impact co-management platform. “The main objective of the platform is to facilitate a coordinated approach to the effective management of the cumulative impacts of the development and production operations of offshore oil and gas projects in the Western Region of Ghana,” he said. .

He said that as part of the processes to operationalize the Cumulative Impact Co-Management Platform, the technical committee meeting included the GNPC, Fisheries Commission, EPA, Marine-Marine Police and corporations. exploration and production in the active production and pre-development phase. November of this year.

“I strongly believe that once the platform is operational from next year, the concerns of the fishing industry, including the threat of algae, will be adequately addressed,” said- he added.

Nana Kobina Nketsiah V, Omanhene from the traditional region of Essikado, praised the PC for the good work it continues to do and expressed hope that “very soon local companies will take control of the oil industry and gas”.