Aker Energy, the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape / Three Points block, has pledged $4.5 million in support for the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity-Building (AOGC) program in Ghana.
Aker Energy said on Tuesday that the program was designed to enhance the competences and expertise of Ghanaians in the oil and gas sector.
The AOGC program, established in November 2017, is the latest phase of several capacity-building initiatives in Ghana.
The program, 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 recognized training certificates.
Jan Helge Skogen, country manager of Aker Energy in Ghana, said: “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 utilize, Ghanaian educational institutions to increase competency levels through a training of local trainers’ program.”
Egberg Faibille, acting CEO of the Petroleum Commission, added: “The investment of Ghanaians in the upstream sector is expected to rise to levels that will prove that that AOGC is a bold attempt to ensure that our people take their rightful place in the industry.”
The AOGC Program, 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.
It is worth noting that Aker Energy in late March submitted an integrated plan of development and operations to Ghanaian authorities for the Deepwater Tano / Cape Three Points block offshore Ghana.
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