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The Energy Center in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has organized a colloquium on the theme “First Jubilee Oil: Celebrating with caution Ghana’s Oil and Gas Prospects.”
The main objective of the two-day programme was to provide a platform for dialogue between the university community and stakeholders that will lead to the prudent utilization of the oil and gas endowment for the overall benefit of Ghanaians.
Among other objectives include providing a platform for students to familiarize themselves with the job opportunities and for lectures to interact with their counterparts from the oil and gas industry.
The Vice Chancellor of the university and chairman for the programme, Professor William Otoo Ellis welcomed the dignitaries to the programme and wished them a fruitful colloquium.
In his welcome address, the Provost for the College of Engineering, Professor Samuel I.K. Ampadu said the College is inspired by its pivotal role and strong contribution to National Development over the past 60 years adding that the College is poised to evolve and respond to the Research and Capacity Development needs of the county and the Sub-region of which the oil and gas sector is no exception.
Professor Ampadu also intimated that the College would continue to play its role in the nation’s oil and gas industry in offering training and research and using platforms like Colloquia to share knowledge and inform national discourse with the hope that the discourse and knowledge sharing at such Colloquia will positively influence the National direction as we celebrate with caution, Ghana’s Oil and Gas prospects.
Since its establishment in the early 1950’s, the College of Engineering has played a critical role in training personnel who have manned and sustained the operations of highly sensitive national projects and installations including the Akosombo and Kpong Hydroelectric project, the Volta Aluminum Company (VALCO), Ghana Water Company, Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) among others.
Currently, the College of Engineering is participating in a US$ 38 million programme of the Government of Ghana with the World Bank. This is to develop, among other things, modern laboratory facilities and strengthen capacity for training and research in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering programmes.
Other Speakers at the programme included Mr. Kwame Pianim, former chairman of PURC and an economist; Professor Aboagye Menyeh, KNUST; Mr. Alex Mould, Chief Executive Officer, NPA; Mr. Ato Ampiah, Managing Director, TOR; Nana Asafo Adjei, Managing Director, GNPC; Dr. Rudulf King, Senior Research Fellow, CAP, KNUST; Mr. Sunil Mathrani, World Bank.
Sponsors for the programme include Kosmos, Schlumberger, Ghana Insurers Association, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tullow and Amalgamated Bank Limted (Amal Bank).
Bright Habita, KNUST