In line with the local content policy, which is aimed at encouraging local participation in the oil and gas sector, a petroleum institute will be established in Takoradi to train more youth to work in the oil and gas industry.
The institute, known as ‘Harvard Marine Petroleum Training Institute,’ which will be sited at Kwesimintsim, near Takoradi, will start full operation in the oil city in June this year.
It will offer more Ghanaians the opportunity to obtain international certification in the petroleum industry so as to be competent to work in both local and foreign oil companies.
The Director of the Institute, Captain Ron McGrath, made these known at a passing-out ceremony for about 1,000 trainees of the Sigma-Base Technical Service in Takoradi.
Sigma-Base Technical Services Limited, an indigenous oil and gas service provider, which has registered with the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), is engaged in training, recruitment, supplies and logistics support services for on and off shore activities in the oil and gas industry.
It also engages in engineering and project management, pipeline and civil construction, fabrication and installation, electrical, mechanical and instrumentation maintenance services.
Mr McGrath said the provision of opportunities for over 1,000 Ghanaians and other foreign nationals to work in the oil and gas sector is in fulfillment of the local content policy of the government.
Rev. Dsane, who was the guest speaker at the passing-out ceremony, noted that training the Ghanaian youth for the oil industry should be both public and private sector initiative, adding that government’s support was critical for any genuine private training centre in the oil and gas sector.
This, he said, will help to meet the significant local content policy or else the success of the policy will be an illusion.
The Reverend Minister mentioned that the oil companies have very important role to play to ensure that majority of the Ghanaian youth benefited directly or indirectly from their operations in the country.
Ebo Haizel Ferguson, Director of Sigma-Base disclosed that the about 1,000 graduands will further their training at the Harvard Marine Petroleum Institute, to be opened in Takoradi.
He indicated that his outfit was also making an arrangement with the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) to hold certificate examinations.
He stressed that Sigma-Base had been positioned to take and execute contracts in due course in the oil and gas industry and that when that happens it will work with the locally skilled workers.
“We are already connected to some investors who are in the country to build ports and shore bases, energy plants, gas processing plants and pipelines, tank farms, ethanol plants, fertilizer industry, petrochemicals and Liquefied Natural Gas plants,” Mr. Ferguson said.
He appealed to the financial institutions to support Sigma-Base in its effort to create the needed workforce for the oil and gas sector.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi