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MODEC ProductionServices Ghana JV Limited (MPSG), a Japanese firm, has launched aninternational oil and gas training programme for 16 Ghanaian nationals.
The beneficiaries are expected to undertakethe training in Brazil in three batches beginning from February 2019 to gethands-on training in Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSOs).
Each trainee is due to spend a total of sixmonths on the training which would take place on MODEC Brazil’s FPSOs.
The beneficiaries are to be trained in FPOSsmaintenance, operations, and management and upon their return to Ghana, thetrainees are expected to impact their knowledge to others in the country’s oiland gas sector, with the aim of building a much stronger local content for thenation.
Mr Egbert Faibille Junior, the Acting ChiefExecutive Officer (CEO) of the Petroleum Commission, speaking at theinauguration of the training programme in Accra, explained that it was madepossible through a collaborative effort between the Commission and MODECProduction Services.
He said in 2018, MODEC approached theCommission, seeking permission to bring in 15 expatriates to manage its twoFPSOs namely FPSOs Kwame Nkrumah and FPSO John Evans Atta Mills.
He said the Petroleum Commission, in keepingwith Ghana’s Local Content Law proposed that MODEC finance the training of 16Ghanaians abroad in FPSO management, operations and maintenance.
Mr Faibille Jnr indicated that the proposalwas intended to get some Ghanaians trained so that when the 15 expatriatesleaves the country, Ghanaians could be able to manage the FPSOs themselveswithout having to rely on foreigners.
He said the training programme would build thecapacities of Ghanaians to drive the oil and gas sector forward.
Mr Faibille Jnr urged the beneficiaries tomake good use of the opportunity and impact positively their knowledge to Ghanato improve the sector.
He underscored government’s commitment totraining Ghanaians to take their rightful place in the upstream petroleumspace, urging the beneficiaries who have been working mainly onshore, to taketheir training programme seriously when they visit Brazil.
Mr Takashi Nishino, the Head of MODEC GlobalOperations, said the training would enhance the knowledge of the beneficiariesto be competitive in the oil and gas industry.
He said MODEC would support the beneficiariesduring their stay in Brazil with the needed facilities to succeed andcontribute to the operations of Ghana’s oil and gas sector.