15 March 2016
The offshore oil business is relatively new to Ghana so, with the exception of those working on the Jubilee field, opportunities for Ghanaians to gain experience have been rather limited. The TEN Plan of Development included commitments by Tullow Oil and its partners to create opportunities for Ghanaians to gain experience and develop skills as integral members of the project team.
Since 2013, a total of 52 Ghanaians from GNPC, the Petroleum Commission of Ghana and Tullow Ghana Ltd have spent time on secondment with the TEN Project team in London, Singapore, Houston and Ghana.
The secondees have worked in a variety of roles including Subsea Engineer, FPSO Commissioning Engineer, Geologist and Project Finance Manager. They have developed skills and experience relevant to a major offshore development project, making them well placed to contribute to future oil developments in Ghana.
In addition, 30 Ghanaian nationals worked on the FPSO conversion with MODEC in Singapore. Fifteen of these trainees completed the Level 3 General Vocational Qualification – Diploma in Process Operations. Ten of these Ghanaian engineers were members of the crew for the vessel’s voyage to Ghana and many more will be part of the team that operates the FPSO.