Local company helps Ghana save millions of dollars
Zeal Environmental Technologies (ZETL) is the only indigenous Ghanaian company currently handling waste, including hazardous ones, generated at the country’s offshore operations.
Zeal Environmental also handles oily waste in two other Western African countries.
The local company has survived stiff competition from international players, but for the heavy investment in the business and the expertise it engages from some of the country’s best technical institutions and science universities of Zeal.
Normally, international oil support companies would obtain the contract for a cross-border management of the waste generate from the country’s oil and gas industries.
The company’s strategic importance and critical role in the oil and gas industry has not eluded the prying eyes of the state. The acting Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission, Nii Adzei Akpor, recently visited the premises of Zeal Environmental Technologies at Nyankrom, near Sekondi.
Visibly surprised at the level of investment at the premises and the state-of-the-art setup, the acting CEO said, ‘I have heard about the facility used in managing the country’s oily waste but had not visited. I must say that I am impressed and surprised at what I’m seeing.’
Nii Akpor pledged his outfit’s support for the company and all other local oil and gas service providers to ensure that the country fully benefited from the new industry.
Nii Akpor said if the country would benefit from the oil and gas operation local industries must plan an active role.
The acting CEO said support for the local industries was vital as benefits that would accrue to the country, not only limited to taxes and royalties, but the prevention of capital flight.
Nii Akpor said it was important to note that, without the services of integrated waste management facility that Zeal Environmental had set up in the country the cost of managing oily waste from the country’s oil and gas industry would have been very high.
He, therefore, commended the company for the investment, saying it was one of the several of examples of the readiness of Ghanaian to take over the industry.
Local oil service providers have an umbrella body, the Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers Association (GOGSPA). Zeal is a member of the 50-member association of various service providers in the industry.
The members together emply over 7,500 Ghanaians, most of them highly skilled jobs graduates from the country’s universities and polytechnics. Zeal Environmental alone employs 180 skilled staff.
Nii Akpor said the challenged was that ‘if these local companies, who were competing with expatriate companies who were enjoying this tax exemptions, it means that the service charges on the parts of the local service providers would be higher.’
He said the means that, the oil companies would prefer using the expatriate service companies in the name of cheaper cost, therefore, it was important to ensure level playing field in support of the local companies.
GOSPA has lamented about high taxes imposed on local players who import chemicals and equipment for the industry, while the giants in the industry were exempted.
Nii Akpor explained the oil companies did not have tax exemption except the state own Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Therefore, the facility was extended to them for equipment and items solely imported for oil and gas exploration activities.
The commission had written to the Ministry of Finance for the resolution of the issue.
‘It is easy if we can identify goods imported solely for the sector and not divert to another place or also import the chemicals of the equipment through the GNPC,’ the acting CEO said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Zeal Environmental Technology, Mr Kwaku Ennin, welcomed efforts by the commission to ensure a level playing field to relief local players in the interest of the country.
He said Zeal would do everything possible to ensure that it played its part to prevent relying on expatriate companies to manage waste from the oilfields.
Zeal Environmental Technologies is a wholly owned Ghanaian environmental services company with over 35 years’ experience in managing hazardous and non-hazardous waste from oil and gas operations, mining, manufacturing, as well as general waste management services.
The company’s prime focus had been in the oil and gas sector. It provides oil spill and hazmat emergency response, removal, containing, transportation, processing, recycling and the disposal of waste streams with the flexibility to leave the sampling of waste products for lab analysis.
It manages oily waste removal and treatment; wastewater transfer station tank cleaning and metal and plastic waste separation and treatment; oily wastewater and sludge treatment.
It also manages oily slops, oil and gas condensates, waste fuels, oil, waste brine, and other hydrocarbons with high flash points/heating value.
The company has installed the country’s first industrial incinerator that relies on natural gas.
By Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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