The Petroleum Commission has announced a new platform that will create a single window system to pre-qualify all local companies which tender for petroleum contracts in the country.
Known as the Common Qualification System (CQS), the platform will also unravel bias treatment and issues of disqualification of Ghanaian companies seeking to operate in the oil and gas sector.
The CQS is a requirement under the country’s local content law which creates room for indigenous Ghanaian companies to pitch petroleum related businesses for contract.
Some local companies have over the years complained of bottlenecks in getting contracts in the sector, a situation some have argued is making them lose out on competition to international oil companies.
“[The CQS] will address one of the biggest challenges we have,” chief executive of the Petroleum Commission, Egbert Faibaille Jnr. told a cross section of stakeholders at the 4th local content and exhibition conference at Takoradi under the theme: “five years of local content: achievement and challenges”.
He observed that the current qualification systems used by industry players in pre-qualifying companies “no doubt leads to unfair treatment and disqualification of indigenous companies who respond to tenders”.
Mr. Faibaille also said to ensure that Ghanaian companies benefit from upstream oil and gas activities, a costs audit department has been created to confirm and analyze local purchases and services contracted by non – indigenous companies.
A deputy Minister of Energy responsible for the petroleum sector, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam said government will continue to initiate and implement regulatory reforms to make Ghana the preferred destination for investment in the world.
Touching on the anomalous behaviour of some oil companies, he said government will strengthen the Petroleum Commission to pursue unruly companies who try to manipulate the system to their advantage.
“There are certainly good and bad companies when it comes to compliance…some oil companies have specialized in beating the system whilst others rely on local and foreign experts to expose the weaknesses in our laws for their exploitation,” he observed.
Meanwhile the Commission has inaugurated its multipurpose office in Takoradi to facilitate and enhance easier engagements with its stakeholders.
By Loveridge Ampratwum Okyere|3news.com|Ghana