First cohort of Modec Onshore trainees successfully complete six months overseas training in Brazil

A MODEC Group company, MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd. (MPSG) and operator of FPSO Kwame Nkrumah & FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills on behalf of Tullow Ghana Ltd has announced at a welcome dinner reception, the successfully completion of the first batch of trainees in its overseas training programme with MODEC Serviços de Petróleo do Brasil Ltd. (MODEC Brazil); MPSG-MdB Secondment Training Programme.

The first batch of five (5) participants who have completed 6-7 months of on-the-job training in Brazil were welcomed at a dinner reception on Friday 20th September hosted by Mr. Theophilus Ahwireng, Managing Director of MPSG, and attended by senior officials of the Petroleum Commission, Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL), MPSG board members among other dignitaries.

Welcoming the first batch of trainees who had successfully completed their training, Mr. Theophilus Ahwireng commended the participants on their dedication to the training goals. He commented that a number of the trainees had been requested (by the Brazil office) to return for a further extension of the programme. This he said was testament to the focus and hard work the trainees had put into their own development.

Mr. Kwaku Boateng, Director for Localisation, Petroleum Commission who represented the Deputy CEO of Petroleum Commission at the event, extended compliments from the CEO, the Board and Management of the Petroleum Commission to MPSG and its stakeholders. “You have by this training programme, demonstrated commitment to enhancing local content in Ghana. This is an excellent initiative which feeds into Government’s overarching agenda to develop the country’s human resource base for increased participation in the Oil and Gas industry”, Mr. Boateng commented. He noted that more of such initiatives were encouraged in the industry to develop the competencies of Ghanaians and urged MPSG to do even to develop local talent.

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MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd. has over the past two years invested over USD$ 2.1mllion in the training of twenty five (25) fresh graduates with technical backgrounds in a rigorous eighteen (18) month offshore programme.  Recruitment is nearing completion for another 15 fresh graduates with technical backgrounds to participate in a twenty four (24) month training programme to prepare them for offshore operations which includes one (1) year on-the-Job training on a Brazil FPSO where MODEC has its largest fleet of eleven (11) FPSOs.

The MPSG-MdB Secondment Training programme for Onshore personnel (who are critical and integral to FPSO operations) was also launched in January this year with the support of Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) and the Petroleum Commission with the aim of developing the capabilities of bright local professionals with the right skillsets, through on-the-job training and best practice transfer at MODEC’s state of the art facilities in Brazil. The first cohort of sixteen (16) participants were selected based on performance and across various onshore departments to participant in the 2019 training programme.

Addressing the trainees, Mr. Kweku Awotwi, Executive Vice President, Tullow Plc/Managing Director TGL, expressed the hope that the training in Brazil had instilled stronger capabilities and improved skill sets that would guarantee continuity and sustainability of MODEC’s activities in Ghana for many years to come. He also noted that Tullow was pleased with the partnership it had nurtured with MODEC over the years which had been mutually beneficial, as both companies had drawn on the experience of each other while promoting the shared philosophy of developing local capacity of Ghanaian technical professionals and indigenous companies.

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The first batch of trainees took turns to share their experiences with the guests at the dinner and thanked MPSG and its partners for the unique training opportunity.

The second batch of trainees are being processed to commence their overseas secondment training in October this year.

About MODEC Group

MODEC has been providing competitive floating solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognized as a leading specialist for floating production systems such as Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels and Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs). MODEC has an excellent track record of EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) as well as charter and operations projects.

MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd. (MPSG) is a subsidiary of MODEC Inc.

MPSG (which is a joint venture company with JILMEC, an indigenous Ghanaian company with expertise in exploration, production and oilfield logistics services) is the operator of two FPSOs on behalf of Tullow Ghana Limited namely, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah for Jubilee fields and FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, for TEN fields and contributes approximately 80% of Ghana’s oil production.

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