Dr. Ben K. D. Asante, a renowned Oil and Gas Engineer, has been appointed Caretaker Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas).
His appointment follows the exit of the former CEO of the company, Dr. George Sipa-Adjah Yankey.
Dr. Asante assumes his new role as Acting-CEO with more than 25 years global experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He is one of few black Oil and Gas engineers to have testified as an expert pipeline engineer before the US Supreme Court. He has also provided expert witness testimonies on gas custody transfer disputes in South America.
Dr. Asante is a Lecturer at the School of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a former Engineering and Technical Director of Ghana’s premier Gas Infrastructure project, which birthed the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant and allied gas infrastructure in the Western Region.
He is the mastermind of Ghana’s first Gas Master Plan in 2008.
The new CEO has provided consulting, engineering services, project management, and technical support for various projects throughout the world, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has also worked in various technical and management roles for major Operating Companies and Engineering Consulting companies in Canada, including Nova/TransCanada; US and Ghana.
He was adjudged the Best Worker for the Year for Excellence at the global energy firm, Enron Corporation, in 2001.
Dr. Asante holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from KNUST, Ghana and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada. He also obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London/University of Calgary, where he later taught Gas Processing and Pipeline Engineering.
He has published 15 technical papers and made over 80 technical presentations within and outside North America on Oil/Gas Infrastructure Design and Operations.