For Breaking Ghanaian Laws
The Petroleum Commission led by Egbert Isaac Faibille Jnr, is going tough on certain foreign companies working in the petroleum industry for flaunting the laws of Ghana with impunity.
One such company is Siemens Oil and Gas Limited, the German conglomerate, which has a contract with ENI to provide equipment to the Sanzule gas processing plant in the Western Region.
Petroleum Commission sources, disclosed that their checks at the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), have confirmed that Siemens, has brought into Ghana lots of expatriates to work at its Sanzule facility without the appropriate work permit or residence permits to legally work in Ghana.
For this reason, Petroleum Commission, has summoned the Country Manager of the Siemens Oil and Gas Limited for breaking the laws of Ghana.
An invitation letter cited by The Herald disclosed that, the officials of the company must report themselves to the “head office of the Commission in Accra on 26th September 2018 at 3:00 pm for explanation. All parties in the joint venture company must be present.”
The letter disclosed that a 2 July 20, 2018 monitory exercise on the Siemens Company observed infractions in relations to LI 2204 and the Joint Venture Guidelines with regards operating a bank account with an indigenous Ghanaian bank, no Technology transfers plan and contract executed without due regard to local content requirement.
Mr Faibille’s letter dated August 16, 2018, disclosed that Siemens Oil and Gas, was also found to have names of the seven expatriates working for the company, whose names were not on the Petroleum Commission work permit facilitation database.
Below is the letter of summons detailing how Siemens Oil and Gas Limited flouted Section 51 of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production ) Act, 2016(Act 919) Regulation 44 of Petroleum, Regulation 44 of Petroleum – Local Content and Local Participation Regulations of 2013, (LI2204) and other relevant, laws, regulations, guidelines, directive among others and must answer .