A One-day conference on oil and gas aimed at providing the platform for stakeholders to discuss Ghana’s oil industry, its prudent management and potential impact on the environment will take place at Koforidua on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
The event, hosted by the All Nations University College (ANUC), will provide a platform for both local and international oil and gas experts to share ideas on how the country can benefit immensely from the oil exploration to support its socio-economic development aspirations.
It would also provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the oil industry to learn at firsthand the experiences of British Petroleum’s (BP’s) oil spillage in the US from a number of international experts and how preventive measures can be put in place to enable the country prevent and contain any possible oil spillage.
One of the international experts billed to share experiences is Dr Michael Miyittah, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Florida, who will speak on the recent BP Gulf of Mexico oil spillage in the USA.
The conference, which will also feature Professor Ayodeji Jeje, a Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Calgary to speak on “Oil Discovery in Ghana; A Synergy Between Management, Development and Environment”, is being organised by the All Nations University College (ANUC) in Koforidua.
Briefing the Daily Graphic on the event, the Head of Department of the Oil and Gas Department of the All Nations University College, Dr Paul K. Blay, said the programme would also attract participants from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tullow Oil, Tema Oil Refinery, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Baker Hughes Petroleum, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and many other institutions.
He said since the country had now become a major producer of oil and gas, there was the need for various stakeholders to come together and learn from the experiences of BP’s oil spillage in the USA to enable the country prevent such a disaster.
“Even if there should be an unavoidable spillage in Ghana, we should be in an informed position to manage and curtail the impact such disaster could have on our environment and other sectors of the economy”, said Dr Blay.