Francis Ameyibor, GNA Special Correspondent, Aberdeen, Scotland
Aberdeen (Scotland), June 12, GNA – Indigenous Ghanaian companies into the oil and gas industry, on a trade mission to Aberdeen, Scotland, have been introduced to innovative technologies on asset integrity management.
This is to help them to improve efficiency, protect the people, environment and equipment.
Mr. George Byers, Europe and Africa Regional Manager, OSE Global Asset Integrity Management Solution and Services, said that was the way forward to maximize returns on investment.
Asset integrity management minimises business risks associated with accidents and loss of production and maintains the asset in fit for purpose condition.
OES has among other things been providing special services to assess the integrity of asset and potential corrosion/degradation, risk assessment and ensuring reliability, availability and maintainability of asset.
It has additionally been doing audit and inspections aimed at maintaining the asset and to keep workers safe.
Mr. Byers said they recognized the huge opportunity to work together with Ghana, as with other West African countries, through local partnerships, encouraging knowledge and technology transfer.
“We have been in Angola since 2015, and Nigeria since 2014; we are looking to form similar agreements in Ghana,” he added.
He said OES understood that there was nothing more frustrating than being handed a list of areas to rectify as an inspection team left the site.
“Which is why, you have the option to let us work with you to rectify non-conformances, either as the job progresses or at a later date. Keep corrective actions at zero.”
About 100, Ghanaian companies in the oil and gas companies are in Aberdeen, seeking to forge strategic partnerships with Scottish businesses.
The maiden trade mission was organized by the Petroleum Commission, together with the United Kingdom-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UK-GCC) and the Scottish Development International – the international arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies.
It provides the opportunity to learn best practices, share experiences and technology transfer.
Mr. Stephen Sekyere-Abankwa, Board Chairman of the Petroleum Commission and Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Minister of Energy, are leading the delegation