Gas for development

The 5-year Gas for Development project is premised on the need for industry programmes and initiatives that focus on policy, leadership and learning platforms targeting the nascent gas sector separately from the oil sector. This approach reflects the unique window of opportunity presented to the country for the utilization of gas as a driver for broader economic transformation and natural resource-based industrialization.

In acknowledgement of key policy documents that have played a pivotal role in outlining and clarifying the long-term plans and objectives for the sector, Gas for Development programmes are structured to promote the review and realignment of policy positions to help promote global competitiveness and a clear unambiguous philosophy of development.

TGC embarked on a 5-year “Gas for Development” project (G4D) in 2017, seeking to leverage its strategic policy advocacy initiatives targeted at decision-makers, stakeholders and the wider communities, in order to adopt, promote and put into effect best practices which safeguard the gas industry’s advancement within the context of gas-based industrialization. G4D’s project objectives are stated below as follows:

  • Deepen understanding of policy interventions that address the complex factors and tools required to spur downstream utilization options in Ghana’s gas sector.
  • Advocate for policies that secure and promote the growth of domestic gas supplies while promoting the strategic leveraging of nearby gas fields (pipeline gas) to meet local demand.
  • Promote key gas policy interventions to sub-regional players (governments and investors) by delivering platforms for the exchange of knowledge and best practices among gas producing countries in the West African sub-region and worldwide.
  • Prioritize reinforcement of the knowledge and information base by systematically collecting evidence that enables policy evaluation
  • Engage with industry leaders, policy makers and marginalized stakeholders to influence and support key policy positions that reflect Ghana’s long-term national development priorities

Gas for Development is to serve as a strategic kick-starter to developing the academic and technical requirements that will support the industry’s human resource to harness the unique local competencies interacting within the global energy business environment.

By achieving the aforementioned objectives, Gas for Development is strategically positioned to offer Government and stakeholders the backing to pursue policy planning devoid of political interference and vested interests that may undermine the nurturing of a structured policy environment for the natural gas industry.

The Gas for Development project is premised on the need for focused policy, leadership and learning platforms that target the gas sector separately from the oil sector. Given this requirement, policies to drive development in the gas sector are to be bolstered to protect institutions from the risk of political capture that could result in stunted growth. Jurisdictions that have conformed to the emerging global practice of differentiating oil and gas activities in policymaking have affirmed that over time, this has allowed for greater contributions to economic development from the gas sector. The platforms associated with the project – Ghana Gas Forum & Gas Hub – create the medium for stakeholders to address and resolve gas policy issues. They also serve as a strategic kick-starter to developing an academic and technical model for the medium-long term objective of building an Energy Policy and Leadership Centre. The centre will support the industry by building the technical know-how and human resource capacity to promote policymaking sustainable development of the sector. In the short-medium term, the Gas for Development project will seek to advance recommendations and consensus on sector issues.

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