Comprehensive  Ghana Oil and Gas news, information, updates, analysis


News in Brief

GNPC begins oil exploration in Northern Region

  • SOURCE: graphic.com.gh | Graphic
  • Mr John Peter Amewu (3rd left), Minister of Energy, unveiling the plaque to commission the Langatre CHPS at West Gonja District. Looking on are Mr Jibril Mawuzu Saeed (left), DCE of West Gonja District and Mr Salifu Saeed (2nd left), Northern Regional Minister.

    The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has started exploring for oil in the Northern Region.

    The region, which forms about 52 per cent of the Voltaian Basin that stretches across 104,000 square kilometres (km2) of land, is said to be a potential hub of commercial quantities of oil.

    About 16 districts in the region are said to have a huge potential for the natural resource which has not been harnessed.

    During a courtesy call on the overlord of the Gonja Traditional Area, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa I, as part of a tour of the Northern Region, the Minister of Energy, Mr John-Peter Amewu, gave an assurance that every effort would be made to discover the oil and harness it for national development.

    The minister’s entourage included the Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam; the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed, and other officials of the Energy Ministry as well as the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC).

     Support

    Mr Amewu called on the Yagbonwura and other traditional rulers to cooperate with the government to ensure that the resource was discovered and exploited.

    He stressed that the government was committed to ensuring that oil resources were properly harnessed to benefit the host communities and the country at large.

    The Energy Ministry, he added, would address challenges related to erratic power supply that had confronted the Northern Region.

    Meanwhile, Mr Saeed noted that the Northern Region had a huge investment potential and added that the discovery of oil in commercial quantities would help address the daunting development challenges in the area.

    Bagre Dam

    Mr Saeed bemoaned the loss of livelihoods resulting from the perennial spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso and asked for pragmatic steps to be taken to address that challenge.

    He, therefore, called on the Ministry of Energy and other relevant state agencies to take steps to tap the excess water from the Bagre Dam to generate more hydroelectric power.

    “There is hydro power potential here because steps can be taken to provide small dams to store excess water from the Bagre Dam which can then be used to generate more electricity. The spillage of the dam should rather be a blessing to us and not the other way round,” he said.

    Profile photo of Graphic

    Graphic

    The Daily Graphic is a Ghanaian state-owned daily newspaper published in Accra, Ghana.
    With a circulation of 100,000 copies, the Graphic is the most widely read daily newspaper in the country
    Profile photo of Graphic

    Latest posts by Graphic (see all)

    Share this article

    Leave a reply

    Personality of the Month
    Poll

    Do you think the President should fund the free SHS with oil revenue?

    Follow Us Online
    About Us
    Reporting Oil and Gas project was launched on 4th June 2009 at Takoradi, Western Region, Ghana by Penplusbytes (www.penplusbytes.org) with the vision of providing a one stop online information and knowledge about Ghana’s oil and gas sector read more
    Events Calendar
    << Sep 2018 >>
    MTWTFSS
    27 28 29 30 31 1 2
    3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16
    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
    24 25 26 27 28 29 30
    Twitter Activity Stream
     

    Partners We are proud to be associated with:

    Skip to toolbar