Deputy Minister of Petroleum Ghana
The name Ben Dagadu is a name that resonates well with the energy sector. Blessed with the rare combination of enormous expertise and wealth of experience following decades of active service in the industry. Hon Benjamin Spencer Kwaku Dagadu has held various key positions in the Oil and Energy sector and contributed immensely to its evolution. His achievements are well recognized inside and outside Ghana.
As a Professional Engineer, Ben holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Technical University of Heavy Industry, Miskolc, Hungary and has more than Thirty (30) years’ experience in the oil industry.
He has worked with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) from January 1989 to June 2003 as Manager of Field Evaluation and Development Department as well as Projects Coordinator. He has extensive Operation Management experience on GNPC’s projects such as the Tano Fields, Saltpond Project, Angola Block-24 Extended Well Testing Programme, the Gabon and La Cote D’Ivoire Projects.
Ben was responsible for the Reservoir Engineering Studies task of the Front-end Engineering undertaken by Single Buoy Mooring Inc (SBM) of Monaco on Floating Oil and Electricity (FLOE) Production utilising the Tano Fields. He was also involved in the conversion of GNPC’s Drillship Discoverer-511 (D511) to Production Platform by the design, procurement and installation of production vessels in the dock at Dragon Pacific in Singapore.
After leaving GNPC in 2003, he became the Energy Consultant to the Ministry of Energy-Ghana for the Osagyefo Power Barge from July 2003 to September 2007. He was also employed as Consultant to Atholl Energy Ghana Ltd., the Company involved in the construction of 50MW Tema TT2 Power Plant for the Volta River Authority ((VRA)–the main energy generator in Ghana.
Until April 2013, Ben was the Executive Director/Head of Ghana Operations of A-Z Petroleum Products Ghana Ltd (2010-2013).
Ben was the team leader for the Petroleum Department, Ministry of Fuel and Power, Accra from September 1980 to January 1989. He led the team for the Saltpond Project and participated in the Reservoir Engineering Study of the Saltpond Field with Braspetrol of Brazil.
From 1982 to 1984, he was the Chairman of the Workers Defence Committee, Petroleum Department, Ministry of Fuel and Power.
Ben Dagadu was born on 19th April 1948 in Tsyome-Afedo, in the Volta Region, Ghana.
He describes himself as “friendly, loyal, serious, dedicated and hardworking individual who has an ambition to succeed in all environments I find myself.” He speaks English, Hungarian and Ewe.
Hon Benjamin Dagadu is currently the Deputy Minister-Petroleum with the Ministry of PetroleumGhana.