Ghana calls for Malaysian help in oil and gas sector

Ghana is asking for Malaysian help to develop the country’s nascent oil and gas industry.

The Ghana High Commissioner to Malaysia, Dan Abodakpi is reported by the Malaysian media as saying Malaysia can play an important role in Ghana’s oil and gas industry by assisting in human resource development and providing technical expertise.

He said Ghana could learn from Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petronas.

Mr. Abodakpi indicated that he has had talks with Petronas officials on ways of building collaboration between Petronas and Ghana’s state-owned oil explorer, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantity in June 2007. The country has the largest oil field to be discovered in West Africa in the last 10 to 15 years. The Jubilee oil field according to Tullow Oil, the major stakeholders in the field contains about 1.8 billion barrels of oil and has 17 wells.

Commercial production of oil is expected at the later part of 2010.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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