Genser Energy Hosts KNUST and UMaT Students; Bridges Gap Between Theory and Practice

Genser Energy, an independent power producer based in Ghana, has taken a significant step in bridging the gap between academic learning and practical application by hosting students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at its Anwomaso Branch and Metering Station (ABMS) in Kumasi. This initiative is part of Genser’s commitment to education and training, offering students invaluable hands-on experience in the engineering field.

The visit provided the students with a deep dive into the gas midstream industry, covering essential aspects such as manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and the utilization of natural gas in Ghana. Led by Genser Energy’s skilled engineers, Mark Cleur, Lawrence Nana Kossono, and Deborah Ewuraba Cromwell, the training session included practical demonstrations and discussions on career opportunities within the industry.

Power Plant Manager at Genser Energy, Mark Cleur, emphasized the importance of such initiatives. “Seeing our operations firsthand allows students to connect their classroom knowledge with practical applications.

We hope to inspire the next generation of engineers by demonstrating the real-world impact of their studies,” he said. Students expressed their appreciation for the experience.

Nancy Osei, a third-year KNUST student, remarked, “This has been an insightful experience for me. I have really learned a lot.”

Andy, another student from KNUST, added, “We have been able to appreciate what we have learned in class and make a connection with what is happening on the field.” The field trip coordinator for the Department of Chemical Engineering at KNUST, Dr. Jude Bonsu, and Dr. Ziggah of UMaT also praised Genser Energy for providing this opportunity.

“Bringing students to see the devices and processes they learn about in class has been immensely beneficial,” they commented. The students’ visit focused on exposing them to the practical aspects of natural gas pipeline operations and management.

The 110-kilometer natural gas pipeline, a pivotal infrastructure project, supports the 250-megawatt Kumasi 1 Thermal Power Plant (K1TPP) and future plants, representing a significant advancement in Ghana’s energy sector. Genser Energy’s collaboration with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) on the Anwomaso Gas Pipeline project involves constructing a 420-kilometer network with 12,000 steel pipes imported from the United States.

This network, divided into three phases, aims to deliver natural gas from the Western Region, bolster Ghana’s power sector, and provide affordable energy to support regional industries. By organizing this visit, Genser Energy not only highlighted its operational expertise but also reinforced its dedication to supporting educational initiatives and workforce development in Ghana.

This proactive approach ensures that the country’s future engineers are well-equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive the industry forward.