A statement, issued by GNPC and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the appointments were part of the continuous roll-out of GNPC’s evolving organizational structure in line with corporate strategy and future direction.
It said Mr Thomas Manu has being appointed Deputy Chief Executive for Exploration and Production, with oversight of the Projects, Geosciences, Engineering and Research Technology and Development directorates.
While Mr Kwame Ntow Amoah, has being appointed Deputy Chief Executive for Commercial and Corporate Services, with oversight of the Commercial, Finance and Human Resource directorates, and the Facilities and Procurement departments.
The statement said Mr Manu, an Exploration Geophysicist by profession, has had over 25 years of upstream oil and gas industry experience and until his appointment was Director of Operations at GNPC.
It said his areas of technical expertise include Interpretation of Seismic and Geological Datasets, Basin Analysis, Prospect Definition, Exploration Concepts and Field Development.
The statement said Mr Manu steered the development and progress of GNPC’s exploration strategy, acreage promotion strategy and development of all associated policies including: acreage sizes, categorisation of companies and application evaluation criteria and has been the key technical person for the Ghana Negotiation Team.
It said Mr Manu has a Master of Science Degree in Geophysics from the Institute of Exploration Geology Moscow, Russia, and also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ghana.
The statement said Amoah, until his appointment, was Manager of the Corporate Strategy and New Business Department of GNPC, with over 25 years’ experience in corporate strategy formulation and negotiating large scale oil and gas agreements.
He has worked on many high level committees, including the Presidential Committee on the National Petroleum Policy (2008) and chairing the National Gas Pricing Policy Committee (2011).
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for GNPC-Technip Engineering Services Limited.
He holds an MBA in General Management from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Ghana, Legon.
The GNPC was established in 1983 by PNDC Law 64 to provide the institutional framework to support the Government’s objective of providing adequate and reliable supply of petroleum products and reducing the country’s dependence on crude oil imports, through the development of the country’s own petroleum resources.
Backed by the Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Law 1984, PNDC Law 84, the Corporation started operations in 1985.
PNDC Law 84 also grants GNPC the right of entry into any open acreage to undertake exploration activities.