ZEN Petroleum, a local owned Oil Marketing Company (OMC) has attained ISO certification following months of rigorous assessment.
ZEN was awarded the certification after meeting the requirements of the internationally respected Quality Management System (QMS) standards-measuring instrument ISO 9001:2008.
“Quality is a central component of our mission and our culture, and we are committed to the on-going development and delivery of superior products that align with our vision of creating a truly pollution free world,” said Paul Twum-Barimah, ZEN’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “The ISO 9001 Certification is a significant milestone for all of us at ZEN as a local company.
“As a West African company with a global outlook, international standards and quality products, we pioneer innovative solutions. We were the first oil company to introduce low sulphur (500 ppm) to mining companies in Ghana. Our goal is to be the most cost effective supplier of quality fuel and lubricants and related services to our customers.”
Mr Twum-Barimah stated that this is another indication that indigenous Ghanaian OMC’s are ready to take back control of the downstream petroleum sector and called on government to speed up implementation of a local content and participation policy to stop the sector from falling into predatory OMC’s, owned and controlled by oil trading conglomerates, who are well positioned to manipulate the market to the long term detriment of a sector that currently contributes around 10% of the country’s gross domestic product
The certification is an industry standard that verifies the integrity of an organization’s quality management systems and recognizes its ability to meet customers’ quality requirements while continually improving operational processes.
The recognition supports ZEN’s idea of becoming a leader within the downstream and is a testament to the company’s ability to deliver quality products to customers across a wide spectrum of vertical markets.
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. It develops and promulgates a standard which seeks to ensure desirable characteristics of products and services such as quality, environmental friendliness, safety, reliability, efficiency and interchange ability — all at an economical cost.
The establishment of ZEN’s QMS made it possible to articulate the company’s vision and mission to innovate within the downstream industry while effectively and consistently meeting the needs and expectations of its customers and partners.
ZEN Petroleum is the largest supplier of Gasoil to mines in Ghana with offices in Mali, Burkina Faso and Liberia.