Ministry of Energy
The Ministry of Energy is the Government of Ghana Ministry responsible for energy policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as supervision and coordination of activities of Energy Sector Agencies. The Ministry of Energy has undergone restructuring and name changes over the years. The Ministry’s name was changed from Ministry of Energy to Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in 2012; split into Ministries of Petroleum and Power in November 2014 and on February 27, 2017, by Executive Instrument, (E.I. 28), the Ministries of Petroleum and Power were merged to create the current Ministry of Energy.
Vision – Our vision is to become an energy economy with reliable supply of high-quality energy services for the Ghanaian economy and for export.
Within the context of energy sector vision, the goal of the energy sector is to make energy services universally accessible and readily available in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The Ministry of Energy develops and ensures a reliable high-quality energy service at the minimum cost to all sectors of the economy through the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of energy sector policies.
POWER SUB SECTOR
Ghana’s power supply sources are from hydroelectricity, thermal fueled by crude oil, natural gas and diesel, solar and also imports from La Cote D’Ivoire. Ghana also exports power to Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. Ongoing grid expansions would allow further exports to other neighboring countries in the sub region.
The petroleum industry is typically categorized into three segments; Upstream, Midstream and Downstream. For the purposes of regulation in Ghana, the industry is divided into Upstream and downstream subsectors which cover activities from the exploration and production of petroleum through refining, storage, transportation, to the marketing of petroleum products.
Departments of the Ministry
- Minister for Energy
- Deputy Minister for Energy – Power
- Deputy Minister for Energy – Petroleum
- Deputy Minister for Energy – Finance and Infrastructure
- Chief Director
CIVIL SERVICE FOUR-LINE DIRECTORATES
- Finance and Administration (F&A)
- Policy, Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPBME)
- Human Resources Management and Development (HRMD)
- Research , Statistics and Information Management
FOUR KEY TECHNICAL DIRECTORATES
- Power Directorate
- Renewable and Nuclear Energy
- Petroleum Directorate
- Legal Directorate
TWO MULTI-DONOR FUNDED PROJECTS
- Ghana Energy Development & Access Project (GEDAP)
- Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project (OGCBP)
AGENCIES UNDER THE MINISTRY:
- Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo)
- Bui Power Authority (BPA)
- Energy Commission (EC)
- Volta River Authority (VRA)
- Volta River Authority Resettlement Trust Fund
- Volta Aluminum Company (VALCO)
- Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)
- Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO)
- Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST)
- Petroleum Commission (PC)
- Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GCMC)
- Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL)
- Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC)
- National Petroleum Authority (NPA)
- Tema Oil Refinery (TOR)
- Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)
The Treaty of Pelindaba established the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE). AFCONE plays a key role in advancing the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology in Africa and in bringing much-needed support to States Parties to fully benefit from nuclear sciences and technology applications in the areas of health, agriculture and energy. AFCONE is also actively engaged in global and regional efforts towards disarmament and non-proliferation.
The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 204 of 1963, as the sole Agency in Ghana responsible for all matters relating to peaceful uses of atomic energy. The Act 204 was amended in 1993 by PNDC Law 308 mainly to enable it to create other institutes under the Commission. This amendment resulted in the creation of two other Institutes in addition to the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) – formerly Kwame Nkrumah Nuclear Research Institute (KNNRI). The two Institutes are the Radiation Protection Institute and the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI). The founding Act 204 of 1963 has been superseded by Act 588 of 2000 to make provision for GAEC to undertake commercialisation of its research and development results.
The functions of the Commission according to Act 588 are as follows:
- To make proposals to the Government for Legislation in the field of nuclear radiation and radioactive waste management.
- To advise the Government on questions relating to nuclear energy, science and technology.
- To establish, for the purpose of research and in furtherance of its functions, Institutes of the Commission and to exercise control over the boards of management of the Institutes.
- To encourage and promote the commercialisation of research and development results through its Institutes.
- To supervise the carrying out of all requirements designed to secure the safety and health of radiation workers and the environment.
- To engage in research and development activities, as well as in the publication and dissemination of research findings and other useful technical information.
- To oversee and facilitate the development of human resources in the fields of nuclear science and technology, and to promote the training of scientific, technical and non-scientific personnel of the Commission.
- To maintain relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other similar international and national organisations on matters of research and development of nuclear energy and nuclear technology.
- To collaborate with Universities and Research Institutes for the purpose of conducting research into matters connected with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology.
To become the leading organisation contributing to sustainable national prosperity through the effective utilization of nuclear, biotechnology and other related technologies.
The corporate mission of the Commission is to develop and promote the utilisation of nuclear, biotechnology, and other related technologies for socio-economic development through research, training and commercialization; and to advice government on policy related to peaceful applications of these technologies.
In pursuit of this mission, GAEC has established the six technical institutes and a graduate school for its research and development activities with a total staff strength of about 900. They are as follows:
- National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI)
- Radiation Protection Institute (RPI)
- Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI)
- Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI)
- Nuclear Power Institute (NPI)
- Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI)
- Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS)
Additionally, GAEC has developed strategic alliances and partnership with national, regional and international bodies to assist Ghana fulfil her obligations in nuclear safety, security, safeguards and environmental protection while building the necessary capacity for the introduction of nuclear power into Ghana’s energy mix.