Norway-based Höegh LNG has agreed with Regional Maritime University (RMU) and Quantum Power of Ghana to train seafarers, tug masters and pilots to operate and manoeuvre gas carriers.
Höegh LNG intends to increase the competence of Ghanaian pilots and tug masters, seafarers form the African country and, RMU lecturers. This is to build Ghanaian ability to safely and efficiently operate and handle advanced gas carriers that will be unloading cargo at a new offshore terminal.
Höegh has chartered one of its 170,000m³ floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) newbuildings to Quantum Power, to be based at the port of Tema for 20 years. It landed the contract in December last year and expects the contract to generate an average annual EBITDA of some US$36 million.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)-built Hull 2552 will start to import the first LNG cargoes to Ghana from second-quarter 2018. Hull 2552 is set to become the first FSRU moored in sub-Saharan Africa, importing up to 3.4 million tonnes a year (mta) of LNG through Tema LNG.
Höegh said in a statement: “LNG is set to become an ever-more important part of Ghana’s energy mix and it is important that Ghana develops its own capacity to handle LNG installations.