The Ghana Oil and Gas Awards (GOGA) on Friday awarded some 41 distinguished industry players for their contributions to the energy sector at its 7th 2020 awards aimed at recognizing the achievements of players in Ghana’s upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.
The winners from local and international companies in the country’s oil and gas sector were awarded in both honorary and competitive categories in recognition of their roles in growing the industry.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Yofi Grant expressed government’s commitment towards the growth of the oil industry. He stressed the need for increased production, enhanced value chain, and local content for wealth creation.
He further encouraged all young Ghanaian men and women in the industry to exploit all opportunities in the sector.
“It’s government’s intension to upscale the Oil and Gas Sector with young people, and that is the reason the GIPC is endorsing investments in the sector, he said.
On his part, Board Chairman of the governing council, Prof. Nana Esselfie Konduah, reiterated remarks made by the organiser, Richard Abbey Jnr., on the rigorous steps taken in the selection and awarding process.
“We don’t take the processes lightly because we know our reputations are at stake; but more importantly, it has implications for how people interact with the companies.”
He hinted that there could be a broadening of the scheme to include more of the ancillary service providers who are indispensable in the sector’s proper functioning.
Events Director at Xodus Communications, Richard Abbey Jnr., assured the industry of sustaining the event which represents a cross-section of the oil and gas stakeholders.
The awards this year saw Chief Executive Officer of RigWorld Ghana Limited, Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban emerging as Upstream entrepreneur of the Year 2020.
He was recognized for his role in building RigWorld as a highly respected upstream brand in the country.
Goil Company Limited’s Kwame Osei-Prempeh was adjudged CEO of the Year [Downstream], while CEO of the Year (Upstream) went to Charles Addo of Meridian Logistics and Engineering Limited.
Entrepreneur of the Year (Downstream) was Zakari Ibrahim of Pacific Oil Ghana Ltd.
Other award-winners included Brand of the Year – Total Petroleum Ghana Plc; Bulk Distributing Company of the Year – Juwel Energy; Overall Oil and Gas Company of the Year-Downstream, Juwel Energy; Oil and Gas Company of the Year-Upstream, Technipfmc Ghana Ltd.; Indigenous Oil Company of the Year [Downstream] – Petrosol Ghana Ltd.; Indigenous Oil Company of the Year [Upstream] -Harlequin Oil and Gas Ltd.; Industry Excellence Award – James Kwoku Ahiadome.
Others are Oil and Gas Institution of the Year, Rigworld Training Centre; Oil and Gas Logistics Company of the Year, Kodson Plus Company Limited; Oil and Gas Personality of the Year, S.N Dowuona Owoo-Adonai Shipping; Oil and Gas Service Company of the Year [Shipping], Adonai Shipping Ltd.; Oil and Gas Service Company of the Year [Lifting], Jonmoore International Limited; Oil and Gas Service Company of the Year [Catering], Transatlantic Catering Service Ltd.; Oil and Gas Service Company of the Year [Bunkering], Ai Energy Group Limited; Oil Marketing Company of the Year, Goil Company Limited.
The rest are Best Growing Oil & Gas Company of the Year, Pacific Oil Ghana Ltd.; Consultancy Company of the Year, Africa Centre For Energy Policy; Depot of the Year, Tema Tank Farm- Chase Logistics; Emerging Brand of the Year, Andev Company Limited; Engineering and Construction Company of the Year, Meridian Logistics and Engineering Limited; Excellence In Corporate Social Responsibility [Downstream] – Vivo Energy Ghana (Shell Licencee); Excellence In Corporate Social Responsibility: [Upstream], Technipfmc Ghana Limited; Excellence In Health, Safety, Environment And Quality [Downstream],Puma Energy Distribution Ghana Ltd.; and Excellence in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality [Upstream], AI Energy Group Limited.
Haulage Company of the Year, J.K. Ahiadome Transport & Company Limited; LPG Marketing Company of the Year, Manbah Gas Company Ltd.; Lubricant Product of the Year, Total Quartz 9000 Future Ow20; Marketing Campaign of the Year, Total Petroleum Ghana Plc- Total Loyalty Scheme; Petroleum Dealer of the Year, Goil Burma Camp Service Station; Recruitments Company of the Year, Rigworld International Services; Unsung Hero of the Year, Stanley Owusu-Asamoah –J.K.Ahiadome Transport & Company Ltd.; Unsung Hero of the Year, Shirley Tony Kum- Vivo Energy Ghana (Shell Licencee); COVID-19 Response Award, Meridian Logistics and Engineering Ltd.
The Institute for Energy Security (IES) was adjudged Policy Activist of the Year, while Henry Osei and Senyo Hosi received Special Recognition as Young Achiever and for Leadership respectively.