Ghana’s National OIL Company (GNPC) has held discussions with top officials of AGAT Laboratories, a Canada-based company, to explore the possibility of partnership during a four-day working visit by AGAT Laboratories officials to GNPC offices in Accra.

This visit, comprising a series of meetings and familiarisation tours of GNPC’s operations at the Research & Data Centre and the GNPC Training Centre, marks a pivotal moment in GNPC’s quest to enhance research capabilities and foster innovation within the oil and gas sector.

In an introductory meeting that featured discussions on advanced analytical techniques and cutting-edge research methodologies, the distinguished Canadian company, globally known for its specialised laboratory services, explored potential partnerships, collaborations and support for GNPC’s ambitious Research and Technology Center (RATC) project.

Representing the Chief Executive Officer, Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah, the General Manager for Strategy & Investment at GNPC, Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, expressed enthusiasm about the potential collaboration, stating, “AGAT Laboratories brings a wealth of expertise and experience that perfectly aligns with our vision of establishing GNPC as a leading world-class oil and gas company.

Their proficiency in various scientific disciplines opens exciting possibilities for innovation and knowledge exchange.”

Impressed by GNPC’s commitment to advancing research and technology in the energy sector, the Chief Science Officer at AGAT Laboratories, Brent Nassichuk, in the company of Colin Thiessen, Director of Business Development at AGAT Lab, said the visit had provided his team with valuable insights into the corporation’s capabilities and aspirations.

“We see great potential for collaboration in areas such as environmental analysis, geochemical studies, and specialised testing,” he said.

Mr. Kwesi Krasi Eyiah, General Manager of Research & Data at GNPC, said a partnership with AGAT Laboratories would offer a significant opportunity for GNPC to leverage cutting-edge technologies and analytical methods to drive innovation in the oil and gas industry.

“By combining our expertise with AGAT’s specialised capabilities, we are poised to revolutionise research and data analysis not only in the petroleum sector in Ghana but across other areas as well,” he said.

The discussions also focused on leveraging AGAT’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and GNPC’s existing infrastructure to enhance research outcomes and drive sustainable growth in the oil and gas industry.

Both entities underscored the importance of fostering a collaborative ecosystem conducive to knowledge sharing and innovation.

As GNPC continues to fortify its position as a key player in the global energy landscape, partnerships with esteemed institutions like AGAT Laboratories serve as catalysts for progress.

The visit concluded on a positive note, with both parties expressing optimism about the prospects of their collaboration.

Looking ahead, GNPC remains steadfast in harnessing the latest advancements in science and technology to unlock the full potential of Ghana’s oil and gas reserves.

A potential partnership with AGAT Laboratories will represent a significant stride towards achieving this objective and underscore GNPC’s unwavering commitment to excellence in research and development.

Other GNPC officials at the meeting included Mr Albert Akowuah, Mana of Corporate Strategy; Mr Ato Debrah, Manager of Human Resource (Training & Competence Development) and Mr Vincent Kwamla Hotor, Manager of geology.