London-based firm, Intertek Group Plc says January 31, 2012 it has opened a new purpose-built petroleum laboratory at Ghana’s Takoradi Port.
The company says it opens the lab to meet the increased market demand for an independent petroleum industry testing, inspection and calibration services.
The company said in a statement that the new laboratory is a world-class modern facility, staffed with experienced chemists, testing to industry standards.
“The Takoradi facility tests and inspects a wide range of crude oil and refined petroleum products, including marine fuel, lube oils, diesel, gasoline, etc. Additional expansion of petroleum related testing capabilities at the lab are expected in the coming year,” the statement said.
The company also has plans to set up a “metering and calibration service” in the first quarter of 2012, serving the oil and gas industry in Ghana.
“Our expansion of petroleum industry services into the Takoradi region enhances our existing business in Ghana and is a key element in our local growth strategy,” said Jay Gutierrez, Executive Vice President of Intertek’s Commodities division.
The company has been providing testing and inspection services in Ghana since 1984.