Fabrication Works At Takoradi Port Begins

Subsea PixA ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a fabrication facility at the Takoradi Port has taken place at Takoradi in the Western Region

The project, being undertaking by Subsea 7 of the United Kingdom, will serve as part of the oil services hub being created in the oil-rich region.

Subsea 7 is one of the main contractors for Tullow Oil on the Ten Development Project offshore, tasked to provide design, procurement, fabrication, transportation and installation of the production of lowliness and connections as well as survey and metrology for jumper connections.

The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Richard Anamoo, said the expansion work on the break waters has been completed before schedule.

He said the ongoing work on the cocoa wharf would soon be completed, while the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) braces for the construction of a number of big tanks for the storage of oil.

Mr. Anamoo said with the commencement of work on the fabrication facility, “the purpose and mission of the Takoradi Port is being realised gradually”.

The Director-General said the Ghana Navy, Marine Police and other security agencies were adequately prepared to put piracy to a stop for maritime business to go on uninterrupted.

He said the policy of the GPHA was to turn the country’s ports into world class facilities to raise the standard of maritime business in Ghana.

Mr. Anamoo was convinced that investors would partner the GPHA to realise its vision to promote safe maritime business in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Subsea 7, Jean Cahuzac said his company would strengthen the concrete ground to be able to withstand the load of large cranes and heavy fabrication.

In addition, Subsea 7 would install a long fabrication shed to house a large plate rolling machine, adding 30 containers of welding machines will soon arrive in the country for the installation.

Mr. Cahuzac said the company’s values were safety, integrity, innovation, performance and collaboration.

Subsea 7 has undertaken similar projects in countries like Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and Mozambique.

The Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo said the reason for the expansion of the ports was to receive larger vessels and assist the oil and gas industry to flourish well.

He said the government has approved the building of a third port in Ghana to augment the work of the existing two.

The Regional Minister urged contractors to open an office in Takoradi to allow people gain access to them without difficulty.

From Peter Gbambila, Takoradi

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