A deputy Energy Minister Joseph Cudjoe has commended MODEC Production Services Ghana (MPSG) JV. Ltd, a firm offering floating solutions in the offshore oil and gas industry, for improving the knowledge and expertise of its staffs in the country.
Mr. Cudjoe said he sees “MODEC resetting its business for the next 50 years with this initiative” to train its local staff in different positions across its operations in Ghana.
He stated that in future, training of locals will become a competitive tool for companies in the emerging oil and gas countries, adding that though this initiative as a giant step that needed to be commended, he expected it to continue.
The minister gave the commendation at the opening of MPSG’s maiden secondment training programme with its sister company, MODEC Serviços de Petróleo do Brasil Ltd. (MODEC Brazil), for its Ghanaian employees.
A total of 16 staff of MPSG, which the is operator of FPSO Kwame Nkrumah and FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills on behalf of Tullow Ghana Ltd, are being trained.
Acting CEO of the Petroleum Commission (PC), Mr. Egbert Faibille Jnr commended the company for its commitment and listening ear to train local talent to replace expatriate roles.
Mr. Faibille said the presence of a strong representation from the PC signified the importance and seriousness that the Commission placed on the training initiative.
“The government of Ghana is committed to the localisation of roles. Our goal is to train our people to become the best in the upstream oil and gas industry”, he said, adding that the Commission will be monitoring the training very closely.
General Manager of MPSG, David Gleave, stated that development of people was at the heart of MODEC’s business success and that the company continued to aggressively pursue the utilisation of local expertise in its operations.
MODEC Global Operations Head, Mr. Takashi Nishino, reiterated that MODEC has been making considerable efforts for improvement in production service and localisation across its operations globally.
“We are intending to continue and even accelerate our activities, and this training programme is a very important part of it.”
Mr Nishino further indicated that MODEC has a clear vision to further enhance MPSG as a base not only for Ghana, but as a support base for its future expansion in West Africa and Africa as a whole.
This training programme is a small, but great step for MODEC’s future vision as well, he noted.
MODEC has 10 Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSOs) vessels and one huge Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel afloat in Brazilian waters for production service to Petrobras, SHELL and TOTAL.
In addition, it has two modern FPSOs under construction for the pre-salt fields. MODEC Brazil is the number one offshore service provider in Brazil.
This provides a rich training ground for the nominated Ghanaian professionals to acquire knowledge on their digitalization programme, and develop a performance mindset, among others.
The first batch of nominated employees for the training will leave in February 2019.
Mr. David Blackmore, Operations Manager of Tullow Ghana Ltd expressed the hope that the training will impact positively on the trainees, safety performance, problem solving and the development of Ghanaian technical professionals in the upstream oil and gas industry.