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In a press release issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, George Mensah Okley, who is a native of Nungua in the Greater Accra Region, until his appointment, was the Director of Upstream Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy, from February 2017.


Mr. Okley, who was a Research Scientific Officer at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 2005 to 2007, subsequently became a Petroleum Engineer at the Ministry of Energy from 2008 to 2012. He later became the Acting Head of Upstream of the Petroleum Division of the Ministry of Energy from 2013 to 2017.


Below is the profile of the new BOST Managing Director.


George Mensah Okley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dortmund, with a focus on Fluid Separation Process, Process Modelling & Optimization, Process Control Design and Modelling of Dynamic Systems.


He also holds a Masters Degree in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, with a focus on oil field operation (petroleum economics, production and drilling), reservoir engineering, reservoir concepts, reservoir sedimentology, formation evaluation, well testing and production, reservoir simulation, rock mechanics with geophysics and modeling with management.


In 2014, he undertook a professional course in petroleum engineering at the Imperial College, London. He also holds a certificate of completion in Well Surveillance Principles and Reservoir Management; holds a Certificate of Completion of Petrad course in Petroleum Economics; holds a Certificate of Completion of 8-weeks Petrad course in Petroleum Policy and Resource Management; and a Certificate of Completion in New Era in Oil, Gas and Power Value Creation (Project Economics).


He has been involved in the monitoring of the implementation of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP); and a member of the Government Negotiation Team that negotiated Petroleum Agreements with International Oil Companies; was the Ministry’s representative on the Gas Power Infrastructure Committee for the implementation of OCTP gas project; and co-ordinated the development of the Gas Master Plan. 


Mr Okley has a good understanding and experience in Ghana’s Petroleum Regulations as member of the team that developed the Regulations; has strong Reservoir Engineering skills in Raven, Eclipse, TerraStation, Petrel, and Pansystem; and has extensive exposure in the Oil and Gas industry.


He is a native of Nungua, in the Greater Accra Region, and is married with four (4) boys.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yebaoh)