Players in the upstream oil and gas industry in Ghana have gathered in Sekondi-Takoradi for the 8th edition of the Local Content Conference and Exhibition organised by the Petroleum Commission.
The conference, which went on a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resumed this year on the theme: Sustaining Local Content Development Through Enhanced Exploration and Production Activities In the Era of Energy Transition.
This year’s conference is being attended by more than 350 upstream industry players, made up of Ghanaian and international oil and gas companies, and operators within the West African sub-region, financial institutions (banking and insurance).
There are more than 50 speakers, technical experts and moderators.
The conference provides the opportunity for oil industry players and other support service companies to take part in deliberations aimed at advancing the industry, networking and promoting sustainable local content and exhibition.
The three-day conference, which opened Tuesday morning has the Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in attendance.
There are a number of panel discussions including one led by the Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr Amin Adam and the Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, Mr Wissam Al Monthiry, and others.
The Petroleum Commission will also lead the discussions on enhancing exploration and production activities to sustainable local content development.
This will be followed by deliberations on building regional oil and gas business. The strategic way-forward by Mr Kwaku Boateng and Simbi Kesiye of the Nigerian Content Development and Mentoring Board.
The day-two of the conference would look at the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and cross border service integration in promoting local content prospects; discuss the challenges.
The conference would also look at the development of the managerial fields – the opportunities for local content to be led by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and followed by the critical look at the management of assets in offshore environments and the roles of indigenous Ghanaians companies.
The Ministry of Energy will then lead the discussions on the capacity development to ensure field ready skills for employment and the job role localisation.
Other discussions would focus on the promotion of oil and gas start-ups in the upstream industry, localisation of international certifications for the upstream sector, skills transfer, development of the natural gas sector.
The national oil company, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) would present the opportunities on the onshore Voltarian and the Eastern basins for local content development and sustainable oil and gas industry.
The conference would also present opportunities for business-to-business sessions among industry players for networking and to do business.
The Petroleum Commission hopes that the critical discussions and recommendations engendered would lead to the effective implementation of the local content in all aspects of the growing industry in the country.