Ghanaian centre to boost local content in oil industry to be fully operational in 2014 – Minister

oilAs part of measures to promote local content and participation in the petroleum industry, an Enterprise Development Centre in Takoradi with support from the Jubilee Partners will be fully operational in the course of 2014.

The Centre would facilitate the training of Small Medium Enterprises to be properly positioned to take advantage of the oil and gas industry.

Mr Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance said this when he presented the 2014 Budget statement and Economic Policy in Parliament on the theme: “Sustaining Confidence in the Future of the Ghanaian Economy” in Accra on Tuesday.

He said the 132MW Takoradi T3 Power Project which was projected to be formally commissioned by the end of the first quarter of 2013 had been commissioned by President John Mahama.

He said the Bui Hydroelectric Power Project would also come online with the full capacity of 400MW by the end of 2013.

The Finance Minister said the completion of the Gas Infrastructure Project for the Onshore/Offshore pipeline in respect of the regulatory and metering station and the gas plant was scheduled for completion in  2013.

On Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Terkper said Government would procure and distribute 100,000 laptops to individuals and educational institutions to promote the teaching, learning and use of Information Communication Technology.

He said Government would also provide training for the youth in Assembling and repairing of Information Communication Technology equipment, promote skills and knowledge in Information Communication Technology and create jobs.

Source: GNA

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