COVID-19 won’t affect Ghana’s upstream production significantly – Petroleum Commission CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission Ghana, Egbert Faibille Jnr, has assured the public that the Commission will continue to fulfill its mandate of managing the utilization of the nation’s petroleum resources in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Citi Business News during the unveiling of  new solar-powered hand-washing machines procured by the Commission to be used within its premises, Mr. Faibille said even though companies operating on Ghana’s offshore fields have cut down the number of personnel particularly non-essential workers, that will not have a significant impact on production and general output.

Mr. Faibille said the Petroleum Commission procured the device as part of its commitment to promoting local content and locally-manufactured products.

“The Petroleum Commission is in discussions with some oil companies who intend to review their forecasts and projections due to the effects of the pandemic on their operations” he added.

“The various companies will thus come up with justifications to be sent to the Ministry of Energy for evaluation and final approval,” he added.

He also stated that no oil company has recorded a case of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease in Ghana.

On his part, Co-founder of Magnifico Solutions, Kevin Apeku, manufacturers of the device, said the machine is powered by a 250-megawatt solar panel roof and equipped with sensors to dispense soap and water to enable easy hand-washing without the touching of surfaces.

He further noted that the product is ideal for use in public spaces because it is movable and easy to operate.

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