MODEC to use Ghana as base for expansion …Trains 16 local employees in Brazil

MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd has indicated it will use Ghana as its base to expand to other West African countries.

Takashi Nishino, MODEC Global Operations head who disclosed this said the company was excited about its operations in Ghana and would like to contribute its quota to the development of the country’s oil and gas industry.

He was speaking at the inauguration of MPSG-MdB secondment training programme for 16 selected local employees of MODEC who would be trained in Brazil for six months on operations and management of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).

Mr. Nishino expressed the company’s appreciation to the government of Ghana and the Petroleum Commission for the support over the period.

He said the training initiative was an integral part of the company’s operations adding that building the capacity of the locals was crucial for the growth and development of the country.

Mr. Egbert Faibille, acting Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum Commission said the training programme was as a result of an agreement between MODEC and the Commission when the latter applied for permission to bring in some expatriates to come and work with the company.

“I suggested that if you are bringing some expatriates then you must also send some of your local employees for training abroad. I’m happy that today we are witnessing the manifestation of the agreement,” he said.

He said the government was keen on seeing Ghanaians playing a key role in the oil and gas industry.

He urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the programme to build their capacity and the technical know-how in the operations and management of FPSOs.

“For the Ghanaians, who will have the privilege to go on this training programme, I must say that this is not a tea party, it is an opportunity for you to increase your respective individual and collective capacities on O&M with regards to FPSO operations, so that when you are back here, whatever knowledge that you acquire, whatever that was imparted, you will be able to also impart in others,” he said.

Mr. Egbert Faibille also added that, the beneficiaries of the training would be called upon by government for future engagements as and when their acquired expertise was needed by the state.

He said, “We at the commission, we will monitor this exercise and indeed, we have a database, where on your return we will feed your data into so that in the next foreseeable future depending on where you find yourself in the industry if such issues come up we go into the database and we find out that five years or 10 years ago, you had this benefit of this training from MODEC, so we can pluck you from wherever you are to come and work on others, it will not be out of place.”

Mr. Joseph Cudjoe, Deputy Energy Minister, said the government was supportive of the training initiative and called on the beneficiaries to make the country proud during their training period in Brazil.

By David Adadevoh

 

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