Interview with Zeal Environmental Technologies Limited (ZETL), one of the biggest indigenous Ghanaian Oil & Gas Waste Management companies that provide services to the oil industry in Ghana.
Zeal Environmental Technologies Limited (ZETL) is one of the biggest indigenous Ghanaian Oil & Gas Waste Management companies that provide services to the oil industry in Ghana. Zeal started working with Tullow in 2008 and we met with Mr. Kwaku Ennin, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, to find out more about the company and their work with Tullow.
Q: How was your company started?
Zeal began as Zeal Limited in 1977 offering Corrosion Engineering Services to mining companies. Then in 2006 Zeal Environmental Technologies Limited took over Zeal Limited to provide flexible, cost effective and competitive solutions to environmental issues in the emerging oil and gas industry. With a dedicated, hardworking and persevering attitude, we have been able to expand Zeal to be the biggest indigenous Ghanaian Oil & Gas Waste Management company that provides valuable services to multinational oil companies operating in Ghana and Liberia.
Q: What does Zeal Environmental Technologies Limited do?
Our operations relate to conservation and environmental friendliness. The company coordinates with principal core sectors and compliant authorities, i.e. the Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders whose activities are synchronized into a single operation that meets the contractual requirements of our clients.
Q: When did you start working with Tullow and how has your business grown since then?
Zeal started working with Tullow in December 2008 and this has opened doors to work with a number of other Oil and Gas companies in the Jubilee Partnership and in Liberia. However our services also go beyond Oil and Gas, as we also work with all commercial vessels berthing at Takoradi Port. Since working with Tullow, we have expanded threefold and also increased employment for previously unemployed youths. Zeal currently employs 44 permanent employees of various professional backgrounds and about 80 casual workers of diverse skills at our Integrated Oil Field Waste Management Facility at Nyankrom.
We have also been able to support various projects in our catchment area of operation such as upgrading power from single phase to three phase electricity to enhance economic activities of the Nyankrom township.
Q: What do you find positive about working with Tullow?
We value their strict adherence to environmental, health and safety policies. They also give positive feedback on our operations and offer technical advice that has helped us to improve our service delivery. The skills our company has gained from its experience with Tullow are transferrable both inside and outside our country.
Q: How would you describe your relationship with Tullow?
I would say it’s highly professional with excellent communication. We are cordial to one another and the benefits of working together are mutual.
Q: What advice would you give to local companies who may be thinking of working with Tullow?
We would advise local companies to put structures in place to ensure high professional quality and efficient service delivery. They should also build both human resource and equipment capacity and ensure continuous training of personnel.
Q: What does the future hold for your company?
Zeal is committed to maintaining its leading role in the oil field generated waste management industry by investing in developing Zeal’s Integrated Oil Field Waste Management Facility, as a centre of excellence. This facility is now managing all waste from the drilling activities offshore Ghana and Liberia and is continuously building capacity in the area of human resource, state of the art equipment and expansion programme.