Mr Egbert Faibile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum commission (PC) has said the actualisation of the local content law in the oil and gas sector called for massive support to indigenous industries to enable them give off their best.
“We will therefore give our full support to local businesses which are bent on succeeding in both downstream and upstream sector in this all important oil and gas industry”.
The Chief Executive Officer gave the assurance during a familiarisation visit to the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) 13500 cubic metre Marine Gas Oil (MGO) station at the Port of Takoradi and a similar facility at the Sekondi Naval Base.
Mr Faibile who was impressed with the facilities put up by Go-Energy, a subsidiary of Goil said the team undertook the visit to get full knowledge of what was on the ground and to make better recommendations to players in the industry with regards to Marine Gas Oil.
The MGO facility built at a cost of 15 million dollars is said to be one of the best stations in West Africa, supplying vessels with MGO right at the port and thereby saving time and cost to offshore and exploration companies.
Engineer Amentor Aziakar, Operations Manager of Go-Energy who took the CEO and his team through the inspection said the facility had been built with four critical factors: environment, security, quality and quantity in mind to ensure that their operations met international standards.
Mr Alex Josaih Adzew, Chief Operating Officer of Goil said the facility had been positioned in the Port of Takoradi to serve the interest of vessels in the oil and gas sector.
He also described the facility as one-stop shop for all marine gas oil which would help to reduce turnaround time and increase the revenue of government when fully patronised by customers in the oil and gas sector.
Mr Adzew said since GOIL was a member of the international Bunkering Industries Association, bunkering operations were always done in accordance with international standards.
At the Sekondi Naval Base, Engineer Azaikar said the three tank farms with capacity of 1200m3 acted as a buffer to the MGO facilities at the Port of Takoradi.
“Here, we receive, filter before discharging into the tanks to ensure that all specifications were met”.
The team later left for Cape Coast for a similar national duty tour.