The Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers Association has issued a statement condemning
parliamentarians who are against the completion of the Atuabo Gas Project.
Our notice has been drawn to a recent press release issued by five parliamentarians in which they
seek to hold back the development of the Atuabo Freeport Project. The Atuabo Freeport project is
a significant public private partnership aimed at creating a dedicated oil and gas port along the
coast of Ghana to serve the emerging oil and gas industry. Any action to hold back its development
can only be detrimental to the many service providers the industry requires.
As service providers, the new port will provide us with the opportunity to develop our capacity to
service the industry not only in Ghana but in the wider regional market. With the Atuabo Freeport,
local content can be given a major impetus with an increase in Ghanaian participation in the
percentage of locally produced materials, the number of local personnel, and the amount of goods
and services rendered in the petroleum industry value chain.
The argument by the parliamentarians to defend Takoradi Ports and protect jobs of many
Ghanaians working there cannot be justified. Indeed, the Atuabo Freeport project is
complimentary to that of Takoradi and will not displace any workers as being claimed. Quite on
the contrary, the new port will rather create more new job opportunities for Ghanaians. Ghana is currently building a second FPSO for the TEN project and it is being done in Singapore
with very limited Ghanaian participation. Given the oil discovery of our West Coast, Ghana is
expected to have at least six FPSO’s in operation offshore Ghana. Fabrication work holds immense
potential for service providers and the existence of a fabrication yard at the Atuabo Freeport will
serve us well.
The 1974 SOLAS Convention of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which took effect
on 1st July 2004; International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code would be applied at the
Port. Therefore the argument by the detractors of the project that this new port will pose a
security risk to Ghana is flawed because there will be a dedicated facility located at the port to
The local content and participation provisions within our Petroleum Laws seek to promote the
maximization of value addition through the use of local expertise, goods, services and materials in
petroleum activities and the retention in country of as much activity as possible.
Unfortunately, the manufacturing and industrial base of Ghana is at this point in time not
sufficiently mature to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the industry. As such, most
goods utilized in the petroleum values chain are imported. We believe the Atuabo free port project
would maximize in-country spending, build local capacity and help ensure technology and know
We call on the detractors of the project to put an end to their shortsighted machinations and
perhaps their personal interest. They are after all, members of the same parliament that approved
the project and to turn around to somehow declare the approval by the house as illegal is rather