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Lawrence Asangongo Apaalse
Chief Director

Mr Lawrence Apaalse is the current Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Micropaleontology from the Russian State University of Oil and Gas and University College London respectively.

Contact Info
Email: law.apaalse@energymin.gov.gh
Education
Master of Science Degree in Micropaleontology from University College London
University College London

Mr. Lawrence Apaalse is the current Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Micropaleontology from the Russian State University of Oil and Gas and University College London respectively.

Mr Lawrence Apaalse was an employee of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation with over twenty-two (22) years working experience in the area of exploration and biostratigraphy but was seconded to the Ministry as Director Petroleum in August 2015. Prior to his secondment, he was appointed Manager of Exploration and Appraisal to oversee petroleum licensing, exploration and appraisals of discoveries. He acted as Chief Director of the Ministry from July 2017 to till his retirement in April 2019. Mr Apaalse then joined the Civil Service in April 2019 as the substantive Chief Director of the Ministry.

While serving at GNPC, he also served as the National Coordinator of the Ghana National Continental Shelf Delineation Project (GNCSDP) and oversaw the preparation of Ghana’s Submission to the United Nations' Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) for the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in line with Article 76 of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He is currently the technical advisor to the Ghana Boundary Commission (GBC) overseeing the delimitation of Ghana’s maritime boundaries. He led the Technical Team of Ghana in providing inputs for the maritime boundary dispute arbitration between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG) and Ghana Boundary Commission.

Throughout his career, Mr Apaalse has planned and executed several projects, including a US$5.0 million seismic acquisition project for the implementation of Article 76 of UNCLOS in Ghana as well as leading the technical team of Environmental Solution Ltd (ESL) to carry out Art. 76 Desktop study for the Republic of Liberia.

He has published variously, including Dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and cote d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean-Lessons from another maritime delimitation case arising from the African Region, Ghana's Extended Continental Shelf Submission to the CLCS under Art 76 of UNCLOS in the Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, Paleogene Climate and Productivity of the Eastern Equatorial Atlantic, Cretaceous and Tertiary Palynomorphs from the ST-9H well of the Tano Basin, and Biological Diversity Reductions: Lessons from the Geologic Past.

He is married with four (4) children and speaks English and Russian.

 

 

Chief Director
Mr Lawrence Apaalse is the current Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Micropaleontology from the Russian State University of Oil and Gas and University College London respectively.