GE Oil and Gas have opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana, expanding its global footprint and supporting local investment
The facility, which will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, has a 1,600sqm indoor test area with capability for testing three subsea trees (XTs) simultaneously, and 4,000sqm of indoor and outdoor storage. This new infrastructure is already playing a critical role in supporting the installation for Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project - for which GE Oil and Gas is supplying subsea and turbomachinery equipment - and will support the local community by helping to provide direct employment opportunities. It will also provide welcome support for the local supply chain, and for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Lorenzo Simonelli, president of CEO of GE Oil and Gas, attended the opening ceremony today with customers, suppliers and local Government representatives. “The opening of the GE Takoradi facility demonstrates our commitment to developing local partnerships and capacity building to deliver effective and efficient solutions for our customers,” said Simonelli. “Localization supports growth in the communities in which we work while increasing our productivity. As a global company, GE is uniquely placed to have a well-rounded economic impact on the regions where we operate. We are committed to partnering with Ghana to help support building critical skills and developing infrastructure for the country’s future growth.”
GE has committed to delivering more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years, as it seeks to build a world-class team locally. It has recruited more than 30 Ghanaian staff to work at the new facility, including two fully-trained field service engineers who are now working offshore to support the installation phase for the OCTP project.
Ado Oseragbaje, president and CEO Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Oil & Gas, said, “Ghana has decades of development potential and we are excited to provide support to a project that will act as an important energy source for the country for many years with minimal environmental impact, while also driving the development of local infrastructure and capacity-building. We have the strength and scope to be able to stay close to our customers, work where they work, and invest in the training and facilities required to reduce complexity, provide faster turnaround of equipment deliveries, support our partners and build a solid talent pipeline in-country.”