Ghana has opened its first-ever pavilion at the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas in the United States of America.
The pavilion, which was inaugurated by Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, will allow 15 local oil and gas firms participating in the conference to pitch their camp, the first time in the conference’s 50-year history that Ghanaian firms will be camped together.
The about 15 companies and agencies will join other firms from the world over to share knowledge and expertise on how to move the industry forward, as well as ideas on the latest technology and trends in the oil and gas sector.
According to Mr. Agyarko, the maiden pavilion at the conference represents a major milestone in showcasing Ghana as a preferred destination for oil and gas investment on continent.
“This step is significant in the development life-cycle of Ghana’s upstream petroleum industry. After a decade of numerous discoveries, Ghana has successfully developed legislation, built and grown institutions and an industry and has managed to convert these into tangible results,” he said.
Mr. Agyarko therefore urged Ghanaian firms to make use of the conference, so as to establish the right partnerships with other companies and investors alike.
The Ghanaian contingent, which includes: the Energy Ministry; Ghana National Petroleum Corporation; Kosmos Energy; Tullow Energy; Ghana Revenue Authority; Seaweld Engineering and GOIL among others, was put together by Consolidated Shipping Agencies (CONSHIP).
According to Linda Vasnani of CONSHIP, the opening of the Ghana pavilion at the global conference is a dream come through for the company, and the country at large.
“Success in securing the space was only the first step in realising this dream. All other activities in the making this possible were because of the unflinching support of the US Commercial Service of the American Embassy, the Mister of Energy and the American Chamber of Commerce. They bought into this vision and made the Ghana pavilion at OTC 2018 a reality,” Mrs. Vasnani said.
OTC is a platform where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.
This year’s conference runs from April 30 to May 3, 2018.