GE Oil & Gas opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana, expanding its global footprint and building up local capacity.. The company committed to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years, as it seeks to build an excellent team locally.
The facility, which will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, has a 1,600 square meters indoor test area with capability for testing three subsea trees (XTs) simultaneously, and 4,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor storage. This new infrastructure is already playing a critical role in supporting the installation for Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project – for which GE Oil & Gas is supplying subsea and turbomachinery equipment and will support the local community by helping to provide direct employment opportunities. It will also provide welcome support for the local supply chain, and for small and medium-sized enterprises.
In Ghana, GE has collaborated with our USAID-funded Supply Chain Development project to build the capacity of local Small and Medium businesses. Along with committing to delivering a comprehensive training program for the local workforce, GE Oil & Gas has recruited more than 30 Ghanaian staff to work at the new facility, including two fully-trained field service engineers who are now working offshore to support the installation phase for the OCTP project.
It also partnered with Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Ashesi University College in a two-phased approach to local capacity building, including education and skills development, and a small to medium enterprise (SME) development program. The partnership is helping to develop the next and future generations of the oil and gas workforce, providing them with practical learning opportunities and access to technical expertise, locally.