6th GI WACAF Regional Conferenc Report

The 6th GI WACAF Regional Conference was organised in Accra, Ghana at the Holiday Inn Hotel, from 16 to 19 November 2015. It gathered delegates from different ministries and agencies as well as representatives from the private sector from 20 countries of the region.
The event was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Republic of Ghana within the framework of the GI WACAF Project. The Conference was supported by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas association for environmental and social issues.
Around 75 participants attended the Conference. The list of participants is attached as Annex 4 of this report.
The objectives of the Regional Conference focused upon the following: 1. Raise awareness on oil spill preparedness and response issues with emphasis on the challenges in the region; 2. Facilitate information sharing and lessons learned in the GI WACAF Region; 3. Review the progress achieved since the last Regional Conference (Namibia, 2013); and 4. Determine priority actions for the coming biennium 2016-2017 to strengthen oil spill response capability in the region.
In order to address these objectives, the participants were guided through four days of presentations, case studies, working group sessions, table-top exercises and discussions. . Keep Reading


The GI WACAF Regional Conference 2015 being held in 2015, is the ideal platform for companies looking to develop new business, raise capital, position or reinforce their brand as a credible and knowledgeable resource for the energy investment sector.
Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the GI WACAF Regional Conference 2015 is one of the best ways for companies to promote their products, projects and services to delegates of 22 countries and other industry players across both days of the conference. Keep Reading




ENI Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Development
Non-Technical Summary (NTS)

The main purpose of this Non-Technical Summary (NTS) is to facilitate communication and public involvement, as public participation is a pillar of modern approaches to impact assessment, in a fully transparent perspective. The NTS presents, in non-technical language, the findings of a detailed Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) undertaken in connection with the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project in Ghana and is a tool that allows consultation of stakeholders and their participation into the EIA process. Moreover ESHIA disclosure is a requirement set by Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NTS provides an integrated overview of the two phases of the OCTP Development related to the oil exploitation - Phase 1 and gas exploitation - Phase 2, in order to make stakeholders aware the of the project activities and their consequences on environment, socio-economic and health components.. Keep Reading

Epa and Fisheries Commission Collaborates In Management Of The Marine Environment

Ghana is currently experiencing increase in offshore oil exploration and exploitation activities in its marine environment. The multiple, and sometimes conflicting uses of marine ecosystems require the organization of marine space to manage interactions between users and to ensure that demands for development are balanced in relation to the need to protect the marine environment. Among the sectors exploiting available resources in the marine and coastal zone, are the fisheries sector, which depends on healthy ecosystems to ensure that the reproductive capacity of the resources exploited is maintained, and the Petroleum Sector which targeted the underlying sea bed for extraction of petroleum resources n this conflicting interests in the use of Marine Keep Reading

Tullow Submits TEN Environmental Impact Statement to EPA

Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) and its Partners, Kosmos Energy LLC, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) and Sabre Oil and Gas, known as the TEN Partners, propose to develop the Tweneboa, Enyenra (originally named Owo) and Ntomme (TEN) hydrocarbon Fields offshore Ghana. The project is known as the TEN Project. The proposed TEN Project is the second major hydrocarbon development offshore Ghana after the Jubilee Field development in 2009/2010. Keep Reading

EPA Takes Delivery of Rapid Response Boat

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken a delivery of a rigid hulled water craft purchased under the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project to support Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) of marine and costal resources. The craft has an own trailer for maximum flexibility in the use of the vessel for coastal and inland waters patrols. Keep Reading


Address by The Executive Director, Mr Daniel S. Amlalo at the commissioning of the EPA Head Office Environmental Quality Laboratory.He said The EPA is mandated by the EPA Act 1994(Act 490) to prescribe standards and guidelines relating to the pollution of the air, water, land and noise among others. Over the years, EPA has developed sector specific environmental quality guidelines for reducing emissions and discharge of toxic wastes and substances into the environment.He said, in as much as the sector specific guidelines have been useful, the Agency in collaboration with the Ghana Standards Authority and the Attorney Generals department is working to transform these guidelines into standards. Keep Reading

National Oil Spill Contingency Plan

The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) has been in operation since 1986 and has seen a number of revisions with the latest revision done in November 2009. The aim of the NOSCP is to bring together the combined resources of the nation, the oil, shipping and exploration industries, to provide a level of preparedness to the threat posed to the environment by oil and chemical spills. Keep Reading


Guidelines and Policies The following guidelines and policies issued by the EPA are applicable to the oil and gas industry

1. Guidelines for Environmental Assessment and Management in the Offshore Oil and Gas Development

2. Dispersant Policy

3. Dispersant Importation and Use Guidelines

4. Oil Waste Management Guidelines Keep Reading