BENJAMIN K.D. ASANTE (PENG)
In the July 2021–2022 academic year, Dr. Benjamin K. D. Asante accepted and honored the invitation to become the union life patron. After his acceptance, he was introduced to the union in the union’s 3 day mini congress held at UPSA by the then president of the union, H.E Stephen Akwasi Acquah (MAYOR CARLOS), in August 2021. On June 30th, 2022, the general assembly accepted and confirmed Dr. Benjamin Asante as a life patron of the union.
Dr. Asante has always lent his support to the union’s illustrious and worthwhile activities because of his love and enthusiasm for educating, mentoring, and fostering the growth of Ghanaian students.
The union under his patronage is breaking barriers, changing narratives, redefining student leadership and equipping and building student capacities through events, seminars, conferences, and forums.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Benjamin Asante is an Asante-Akyem from Juansa and was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to Kwasi Aninakwa-Asante and Gladys Mensah. He attended the Bantama/Asokwa Presby primary schools, and State Experimental and City of Kumasi middle schools. Upon passing his common entrance exam, he was admitted into Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, where he obtained his GCE Ordinary Level and GCE Advanced Level certificates in science. He proceeded to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. He later enrolled at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he pursued a Master’s degree in chemical engineering. He also completed a joint dissertation on Multiphase (Oil and Gas) Flow at Imperial College London and the University of Calgary and obtained a PhD in chemical engineering
Upon graduating from university in 1984, Asante was posted to the National Industrial Company in Kumasi for his national service. He has worked for major operating companies as well as engineering consulting companies in Canada, the US, and Ghana in various technical and management roles. He has also provided engineering services, project management, and technical support for projects throughout the world, including Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the US. He has also provided consulting services to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
Asante has taught gas processing and pipeline engineering to graduate students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Imperial College, London. His expertise was brought to the fore after 2007 when Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities. He was the technical director of Ghana’s first gas infrastructure project and also developed the first gas infrastructure and utilization master plan for Ghana in 2008. His work profile includes periods at Nova-TransCanada, Jacobs Engineering, and Enron. Whilst at Enron, he was adjudged the Best Employee for exhibiting respect, innovation, and excellence in 2001
Asante was one of only five Africans to be invited by the United States Department of Energy to help author a book on natural gas and liquefied natural gas. He was an expert witness in the resolution of the gas custody dispute between Bolivia and Brazil in 2004. He has advised on, developed, and evaluated several oil and gas projects around the world.
Ghana Gas appointment
In January 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed him as CEO of Ghana Gas Company Ltd.
Dr. Assante is a man of unique achievements and qualities. Among the many transformative projects he has undertaken are: transformatiomal projects notable among them are.
- In 2017, management took a bold decision to indigenize the operations of its installations. This commendable feat was achieved in 2 years.
- The indigenization saves the tax-payer a monthly bill of $3M ($36M annually) for engaging the services of expatriates.It has opened up opportunities for young engineering graduates & employment for Ghanaian workers, while deepening local participation in the oil & gas sector
- The company has increased its local workforce by about 300% from 2017 to 2021.
- Gas flow has remarkably increased from 90mmscfd to 300mmscfd since the indigenization.
- As part of its Cooperate social Responsibility , the company has completed about 150 projects across the nation covering areas such as education, health, boreholes, roads security, social development and sports – the construction of Astro Turfs.
It is worthwhile to celebrate what Dr. Benjamin Asante has accomplished at Ghana Gas.