Building work for GNPC operational headquarters in Takoradi begins

President Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for construction of the operational headquarters of the GNPC expected to be completed 2022

On Wednesday 19 August, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the start of construction of the operational headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, which is expected to be completed in 2022.

This is in fulfilment of a key manifesto pledge by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the people of the Western Region in the run-up to the December 2016 election, a pledge reiterated by the then president-elect Akufo-Addo to the Western Regional House of Chiefs on 27 December 2016.

Indeed, on page 44 of the 2016 NPP manifesto, the NPP pledged to position Western Region “into a regional oil services hub with a first-class port facility, as well as positioning it as an efficient centre for back-office support for the oil industry in the West African region, including the relocation of the headquarters of GNPC to the region”.

President Akufo-Addo cuts the sod for construction of the GNPC operational headquarters in Takoradi to begin


“Nananom, I am here this afternoon to cut the sod for the commencement of construction works on a seven-storey modern office complex, spanning about 7,000 square metres of floor space, to be used as the operational headquarters of GNPC,” he said.

But for the protracted search for a suitable land for this office, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President told the gathering, the project would have been at an advanced stage by now.

“I appreciate the effort of the Western Regional Minister, the Western Regional House of Chiefs and the Regional Lands Commission, for making it possible for this project to commence. Once completed, the building will have a 300-seater auditorium, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and a business centre on the ground floor,” he said.

The president continued: “The upper floors will provide office spaces for GNPC and other potential tenants, especially in the oil and gas value chain. The building will also have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and will achieve energy efficiency through the use of solar energy. It will be a smart office, and it will be one of the most advanced buildings, and, indeed, one of a kind in Sekondi-Takoradi.”

The headquarters are to be built at a cost of US$25 million over a two-year period. President Akufo-Addo urged the contractor, Messrs Sienna Services, to ensure timely delivery of the project.

Architectural impression of the GNPC operational headquarters

Expressing his delight with the many projects being undertaken by GNPC, through the GNPC Foundation, which also has its headquarters in Takoradi, President Akufo-Addo said the foundation has been focused on capacity-building, through awards of scholarships, research funding for universities and training of artisans.

“It is supporting artisanal training for masons, mechanics, carpenters, electricians, hairdressers, dressmakers et cetera to enable them to obtain certification from the National Vocational Training Institute.

“It is good that the Western Region is benefiting from many of the initiatives undertaken by the GNPC Foundation, as the oil and gas resources that generate the revenues of the corporation are currently located off the shores of the Western Region,” he said.

Thanking the chiefs for their support, President Akufo-Addo said: “I look forward to commissioning this building upon its completion, God willing, in 2022, because ‘One Good Term Deserves Another’. Hopefully, by the grace of God, it will be four more for Nana and the NPP.”

Click on the link below to watch the sod-cutting ceremony.


Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio

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