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Petroleum engineers develop skills

By: Kester Aburam Korankye
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Mr Ato Aidoo
Mr Ato Aidoo

IN a bid to improve the skills and capacity of students and young professionals in the petroleum industry, the Society for Petroleum Engineers has organised a workshop in Accra to train participants in how to write effective technical papers in the oil and gas industry.

Abysmal performance
According to the Chairman of the Ghana section of the society, Mr Ato Aidoo, the workshop had become necessary due to the poor performance of Ghanaians who participated in this year’s technical paper competition organised by the African section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.

 “The Society of Petroleum Engineers International and its Africa regional section requested students to put in technical papers to compete against other students from different universities in African but this year none of the papers that Ghanaian students presented was selected to the final stage,” he told the GRAPHIC BUSINESS on the sidelines of the worksho

 He said the abysmal performance by engineering students was difficult to accept and had necessitated the workshop which was the first in a series to be organised across engineering faculties in the various universities in the country.

“Looking at the quality of the papers that were presented from Ghana, we realised that there is a big gap in terms of understanding of the students on how to write and present these technical papers. We should at least have one or two papers selected to the final stage and even if the person does not win, they put in an effort, “he said. 

Capacity building
Mr Aidoo said the training was to help students in the field in Ghana to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the world in Technical Writing and Presentation.

“The first is helping the student on how to write good technical papers. First of all, teach them how to get and present the data to ensure that they have a good presentation when it comes up. It is also targeted at young petroleum engineers or professionals within the oil and gas industry who are less than 35 years old (termed as a young professional), above 35 is termed as a mature professional, depending on the numbers of years of experience,” he added.

A member of the society, Dr Riverson Oppong, who took participants through the training, said there was the need to identify a problem, conduct research to find a possible solution to the problem while sticking to the rules of the industry.

The participants were drawn from the University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), University of Mines and University of Professional Studies, (UPSA).

The Society of Petroleum Engineers is a world-wide organisation of professionals and students who aim to work in the oil and gas industry and professionals already in the oil and gas industry. — GB