Ghana: OffShore West Africa 2011 kicks off in Accra

By Peterking Quaye and Ruth Flumo, from Accra, Ghana, for – Offshore West Africa, the premier and best technical conference and exhibition for offshore industry within the West African Sub-Region, begins in Accra on Tuesday. At a Media Press conference ahead of the event at the British Trade and Investment Centre in The UK High Commission in Ghana, the event organizer’s representative and the Chairman of the Advisory Board were clear about the entire events to the media.

Offshore West Africa provides an annual forum that addresses the technical, environmental and business challenges associated with oil and gas exploration and production in the West African offshore marketplace. The conference provides a unique networking opportunity for the participants to share technology and address issues with experts in their respective fields.

Over 52 exhibitors are participating in the conference including, TOTAL, LUKOIL, Tullow Oil, SNEPCo, NOV Ghana Ltd, Halliburton, MODEC, Sea Trucks Group, ABS, TopRope.Approximately 2,500 delegates from more than 43 countries and others parts of the world are attending the event in the Ghanaian capital ,Accra.

Supported by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Offshore West Africa 2011 Conference will bring together stakeholders in the petroleum industry to share their experiences.

Mr David Paganie, Director of Offshore Conference, said Offshore West Africa was of high interest to national and international oil companies. He said with activities in offshore industries in Ghana expected to increase significantly, the world’s eyes were on the country as an emerging offshore province with enormous potential for oil and gas reserves.  Mr Paganie said the high interest in Ghana necessitated Offshore West Africa to return to Ghana again, a decision based on the growing energy industry interest in Ghana and nearby countries.

The first day saw speaker delivering papers on diverse areas of immense importance to the oil and petroleum industry. Field development, safety environment, floating facilities and sustainable development for then for the oil and gas industry. In a delivery by Steve Worley ,from Worley Engineering ,he was of the view that investors should not only be interested in exploring the industry but also look at other products that can be deduce from the exploration, since the business of exploration is risky . interview with majority of the Exhibitors at the Conference expressed they express their joy about the visits to their stand for enquiries about their products. Exhibitors were mostly noted to be from Nigeria ,USA ,UK ,Ghana and South Africa.