Norwegian oil and gas company, Aker Energy AS has promoted its Ghana’s Country Director, Mrs. Kadijah Amoah, to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
This follows a decision by Aker Energy SA to let Aker Energy Ghana to be managed and run fully by Ghanaians.
The company announced this in a statement issued on Tuesday, February 3, 2021.
Aker Energy holds a 50 percent participating interest in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block in the Western part of the Republic of Ghana, including the Pecan development project.
Other partners are Lukoil (38%), Fueltrade (2%) and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (10%).
In a statement issued on Tuesday, CEO of Aker Energy, AS Håvard Garseth said: “This sends a strong signal that Aker Energy is committed to becoming a fully Ghanaian operator managed and run by Ghanaian employees. Mrs. Kadijah Amoah has, as Country Director, proved her drive, intellect and passion for her native country and the company and we are looking forward to her management of this transition.”
Commenting on her elevation, Mrs. Kadijah Amoah said: “For the Ghanaian people, we need to get in control of our own destiny and it starts with mastering the development and operation of the vast energy resources we have. The 700 million barrels of undeveloped oil in our block and the adjacent AGM block have the potential to transform Ghana, not only the economy but also the competence base. The latter can also be applied over time in other sectors such as the renewables sector.”
Mr. Garseth would continue to safeguard the technical delivery of the Pecan project while supporting Mrs. Amoah’s management of the transition to become a fully-run Ghanaian operator.
“I am humbled by this honour, but also glad that Håvard and his very experienced technical team will continue to support and safeguard the technical delivery until all technical knowledge and competence has been fully transferred to my home country,” said Mrs. Kadijah Amoah.
During 2020, the technical team, comprising some of the most experienced subsea experts globally, reduced the breakeven estimate significantly through optimising the field development.
“I am very satisfied by the strong work that the teams in Accra and Oslo have carried out so far. The technical fundamentals of the new concept are strong,” says Garseth.