A United Kingdom delegation from the oil and gas industry is in Ghana to explore the investment opportunities for British businesses in the country.
The delegation is led by the Energy Industries Council (EIC), the leading trade association for UK companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, Footprint to Africa, reports.
A statement by the Editor and Communications Manager, EIC, Elliot Sinclair, and sighted by Footprint to Africa, disclosed that the trade association, which is making its second visit to Ghana, is being accompanied by eight companies comprising a cross-section of the UK oil and gas industry.
According to the statement, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Department at the British High Commission in Accra would host the trade delegation, which aims to identify opportunities in the market, as well as establish new business relationships and strengthen existing ones.
The statement also said the delegates would have an opportunity to meet with local oil and gas operators and contractors to better understand the country’s industry and the opportunities present.
It recounted that in December 2010, the $ 3.3 billion deep-water Jubilee project came online and pushed Ghana to a vivid position among Africa’s oil producers.
It observed that Ghana’s crude oil production reached 99,000 b/d in 2013, and was estimated to rise significantly over the next decade.
Director of Africa & Middle East at the EIC and the EIC Mission Leader, Terry Willis, said: “The Ghanaian Government’s ambitious plans to ramp up commercial utilisation of associated natural gas in order to reduce dependency on unreliable gas imports, while meeting power generation demand, can offer more promising opportunities for the UK supply chain.”
The EIC is the leading trade association providing dedicated services to help members understand, identify and pursue business opportunities globally.
The EIC which was established in 1943, is a not-for-profit organisation with a large membership of UK-registered companies, who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide.
The EIC’s membership operates across the oil & gas, petrochemical, pipeline, power, nuclear and renewable industries, collectively employing over a million people and generating over £100 billion in revenues out of their UK-based operations.
Headquartered in London, the EIC has a global network of offices, from regional UK offices in Teesside and Aberdeen, to international offices in Rio de Janeiro, Houston, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.