MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Limited (MPSG), a Japanese firm, has launched an international oil and gas training programme for 16 Ghanaian nationals.
The beneficiaries are expected to undertake the training in Brazil in three batches beginning from February 2019 to get hands-on training in Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSOs).
Each trainee is due to spend a total of six months on the training which would take place on MODEC Brazil’s FPSOs.
The beneficiaries are to be trained in FPOSs maintenance, operations, and management and upon their return to Ghana, the trainees are expected to impact their knowledge to others in the country’s oil and gas sector, with the aim of building a much stronger local content for the nation.
Mr Egbert Faibille Junior, the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Petroleum Commission, speaking at the inauguration of the training programme in Accra, explained that it was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Commission and MODEC Production Services.
He said in 2018, MODEC approached the Commission, seeking permission to bring in 15 expatriates to manage its two FPSOs namely FPSOs Kwame Nkrumah and FPSO John Evans Atta Mills.
He said the Petroleum Commission, in keeping with Ghana’s Local Content Law proposed that MODEC finance the training of 16 Ghanaians abroad in FPSO management, operations and maintenance.
Mr Faibille Jnr indicated that the proposal was intended to get some Ghanaians trained so that when the 15 expatriates leaves the country, Ghanaians could be able to manage the FPSOs themselves without having to rely on foreigners.
He said the training programme would build the capacities of Ghanaians to drive the oil and gas sector forward.
Mr Faibille Jnr urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity and impact positively their knowledge to Ghana to improve the sector.
He underscored government’s commitment to training Ghanaians to take their rightful place in the upstream petroleum space, urging the beneficiaries who have been working mainly onshore, to take their training programme seriously when they visit Brazil.
Mr Takashi Nishino, the Head of MODEC Global Operations, said the training would enhance the knowledge of the beneficiaries to be competitive in the oil and gas industry.
He said MODEC would support the beneficiaries during their stay in Brazil with the needed facilities to succeed and contribute to the operations of Ghana’s oil and gas sector.