Ghana boost for Scottish businesses

Ghana boost for Scottish businesses

The president of Ghana is visiting Aberdeen next week to highlight the businesses opportunities for firms in the oil and gas industry in West Africa.

President John Dramani Mahama is meeting with local businesses on Friday, 18 March, at a forum organised by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce at the AECC.

Oil and natural gas production in Ghana are both expected to increase within the next five years with the start of new offshore projects.

The West African nation exports its crude oil production to international markets, while its natural gas production is used to fuel its domestic power plants.

Chief executive of the chamber Russell Borthwick said there were many opportunities in the former British colony.

He said: “As an emerging oil and gas location, opportunities exist in virtually every area of the petroleum sector in the country, both upstream and downstream, and Ghana’s energy sector has expanded considerably after the discovery of the Jubilee oil field in 2007.

“Our world-renowned expertise is exportable, and we have solid experience in assisting partners in less mature basins around the globe.

“But the opportunities aren’t restricted to the oil and gas industry.

“There are considerable projects for the construction, agriculture and fishery industries as well as the health and education sectors.

“We are looking forward to welcoming president Mahama and discussing how best we can share our region’s unrivalled knowledge, innovation and technology.”