The Ghana National Gas Company is building the capacity of tertiary engineering students through their gas challenge, which seeks to bridge the gap between academia and the gas industry.
Gas Challenge committee chair Augustina Osei believes the petroleum industry will be in good hands given the hands-on experience of the participating schools.
According to Augustina Osei, students from participating schools in the Gas Challenge are accepted by the company as part of its internship programs to gain insight and employable skills in the industry.
“One quickly realizes that even the professors and lecturers who receive oil and gas courses are not really familiar with the local gas and its operations and even with the Ghana Gas company. We felt that we had to bridge the gap between academia and industry. We also believe there is a need to build capacity and look to the future and have young men and women take the baton in the near future as we give them opportunities to pursue a job, national service and internships “, she said.
Competing in zone three of the Gas Challenge saw defending champions from the University of Mines and Technology compete against competitors from the University of Energy and Natural Resources and Kumasi Technical University.
The University of Mines and Technology’s Condensate team solidified their campaign to defend their title after evading defeat to the methanol and LNG teams of KsTU and UENR, respectively.
The two-time champions beat their closest competitor, the LNG team, by a margin of three points, amassing 55 points by the end of the competition.
“Personally, I wasn’t worried because I trust them. You are very good. So I already knew we won, so I just waited for the last question and we did it,” said one of the contestants.
The Kumasi Technical University debutants put on an impressive performance despite their defeat as they led the competition to the end of the fourth round.
They promise better performance next year.
“I will say that we are very sorry to have disappointed them, but I know that we will do better next time,” remarked a candidate from the methanol team.
The theme of this year’s Gas Challenge is “Embracing the future together, the vital role of gas in driving socio-economic growth and development”.
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