Meridian Wins at the 2020 Ghana Oil & Gas Awards
December 21, 2020
ACCRA, GHANA – 15 DEC 2020
The seventh edition of the Ghana Oil & Gas Awards was held last month on the 7th of November at Kempinski Hotel in Accra. Meridian Logistics and Engineering Ltd. (MLE) picked up three of the ceremony’s highest honors including Best Engineering and Construction company (Upstream), CEO of the Year and honors for their corporate COVID Response. The night was cladded with a socially distanced crowd of individuals representing various companies in the oil and gas industry.
In 2020, the oil and gas industry was met with multiple road blocks in the first quarter of 2020, including the sudden decrease in oil prices in February 2020 and the onset of COVID 19 in March, causing a negative impact on trade and exploration. In Ghana, the amalgamation of these issues rendered a decline in productivity for many major oil and gas companies. The results left some companies to downsize operations or shut down completely. Despite industry setbacks, Meridian Logistic and Engineering Ltd.’s strength in strategy and operations powered company projects throughout the year.
Some of Meridian’s most prominent developments consist of Atuabo Compression Station and the ongoing National Fish Landing Sites.
In 2018 and 2019, MLE also won Engineering and Construction company of the Year and Logistics Company of the Year. This year, MLE was nominated for four award categories and the company took home three awards, including CEO of the Year-Upstream, Engineering and Construction along with an award for excellence in corporate social responsibility for their COVID 19 Response.
“Winning this award serves great meaning from the perspective of the local content policy. We generally experience stiff competition with international companies, but through hiring the best local and international talent, this goes to show that local companies are more than competent and can compete with the best,” said Mr. Charles Addo, CEO of Meridian, Logistics and Engineering Ltd.
A champion of local content with a commitment to excellence in execution in the oil and gas industry, MLE also supported the government of Ghana with COVID 19 support.
MLE’s COVID 19 response included work on the following response projects
1. Supporting the Ellembele Health Directorate in Western Region, where the company procured 90% of COVID 19 essentials such as protective gear, thermometer guns, alcohol and gowns.
2. Supporting the Food Bank for the Aged – provided food items such as rice, tin tomatoes and provisions.
3. Donating COVID essentials equivalent of GHS 400,000.00 to Ghana’s Ministry of Transport.
4. Commissioning and constructing an intensive care unit for St. Martins Depores Hospital in Eikwe (Western Region), which has eight recovery beds and four 2.5 horse power ACs.
“We moved first from a humanitarian stand point, then economic. We truly wanted to help our nation ease the challenge. This thing is bigger that any government. So, the private sector needed to help the government. That’s why we were so energized,” shared Mr. Charles Addo.
Mr. Addo also shared MLE works to ensure the protocols are in place throughout their local and international offices. Workers and their families receive free testing on an ongoing basis. The Ghana Oil & Gas CEO of the Year shared MLE will continue to do all they can.
For more information visit www.meridian.com.gh