Former Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Tranportation Company (BOST) Mr. George Mensah Okley has passed on, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed. His death occurred later today after a short illness, reliable family source said.
Mr. Okley was appointed to BOST to replace the disgraced former MD Alfred Obeng who was embroiled in allegations of corruption over sale of contaminated fuel and other deals. Mr. Okley himself later resigned under circumstances that Energy think tank Institute for Energy Security (IES) said was mired in corruption.
Mr. Okley was rumoured to be nursing a parliamentary ambition in the Nungua area on the ticket of the ruling NPP but shelved his ambition partly due to ill-health.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
George Mensah Okley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree also in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dortmund, with a focus on Fluid Separation Process, Process Modelling and Optimization, Process Control Design and Modelling of Dynamic Systems.
He also holds a Master’s 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 modelling with management.
In 2014, he undertook a professional course in petroleum engineering at the Imperial College, London; 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).
Mr. Okley worked as a Research Scientific Officer at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 2005 to 2007. He worked as a Petroleum Engineer at the Ministry of Energy from 2008 to 2012; and served as Acting Head of Upstream of the Petroleum Division of the Ministry of Energy from 2013 to 2017. He has been involved in the monitoring of the implementation of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP); a member of 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.