Stanbic Bank Ghana says its commitment to supporting activities in the downstream gas sector remains unchanged in the face of seemingly dwindling confidence and support for the sector. The bank says it has the capabilities and competencies to meet the demands which come with supporting downstream projects in the oil and gas sector.
Speaking at the just-ended two-day Ghana Gas Forum organised by the Ghana Gas Consortium, the Client Solutions Executive at Stanbic Bank Ghana, Samuel Botchway, said Stanbic Bank is ready to tap into the huge opportunities of the Oil and Gas sector.
“Stanbic Bank sees a great potential in financing downstream projects of the gas sector, as this has an enormous effect on the economy and on livelihoods. Stanbic recognises the diverse rippling impact on the sector and on everyday activities of the citizenry; it is for this reason that the bank has and will always open its doors in support of the gas sector.”
Themed ‘Driving Ghana’s Downstream Gas Utilisation’, the forum was chaired by Mr. Kwame Pianim and held to promote a close partnership among key industry players – including the Ministry of Energy, Ghana National Gas Company and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation – in policy discussions.
The main issues that bedevil the industry are the sector’s inability to attract urgent funding to complete economically-sound projects – from oil development, processing, transmission, and distribution. Typically, financial institutions shy away from these projects because of the industry’s associated risks.
Mr. Botchway stated that despite the innumerable risks, Stanbic Bank – with its remarkable footprint, has measures in place to ensure sound delivery of projects within the sector through provision of effective loan structures such as project-specific risk assessments and management. The bank is also able to help entities raise large amounts of capital, with high levels of leverage. The bank, he said, undertakes major agreements in facilitating funding projects through government consent and support agreements, shareholders’ agreements, power purchase agreements and supply agreement.
According to Executive Secretary of the Gas Consortium, Senam F. Gbeho, the expectations for this year’s forum are high, and it is meant to influence policy decisions in the energy sector – with specific focus on natural gas as a catalyst for development, while encouraging other partners, financiers and project enablers to render their support to achieve a common goal. The forum also highlighted the potential to expand and deepen growth in the local manufacturing sector, focusing sharply on local and global factors which determine the feasibility of downstream projects.
The Gas Consortium is an independent non-profit policy advocacy organisation that promotes the contributions of government, policymakers, experts, practitioners and industry stakeholders to effectively manage and lead the country’s goal of leveraging its gas resources for industrialisation and economic transformation.
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