Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Ghana: Oil and gas industry plans training programme

The management of New Alpha Refinery-Ghana plans to establish a training programme for the oil and gas industry. The South Africa-based company is currently undertaking feasibility studies to establish a tank farm and second refinery in Ghana, to be located in the Western Region.

Executive Chairman Merlyn Julie told the Ghana News Agency in Accra that the training should lead to “jobs for about 4,800 to 5,000 people.” He said the company is in discussions with the Ministry of Energy and other stakeholders to use the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) as a training base.

The New Alpha project will more than quadruple the 45,000 b/d output of TOR and will supply neighbouring countries with refined products including gasoline and jet-fuel. “Ghana's ability to export refined products to neighbouring countries will be a strategic economic venture,” he said.

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