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Scottish Oil and Gas Trade Delegation to visit Ghana

14 Scottish oil and gas companies to visit Ghana on 21st and 22nd January, 2016.

A Scottish Oil & Gas delegation will be visiting Ghana on 21st and 22nd of January 2016. The aim of this visit is to gain a good understanding of local market conditions and to look for potential local partners interested in enhancing their own offer by linking up with a Scotland-based company.

Gary Soper, Accra-based Regional Manager for Africa for Scottish Development International, who will be leading the delegation for this visit, said “I am delighted to be bringing such a large trade delegation from Scotland, all of whom are interested in helping to develop and build the Ghanaian oil and gas industry for the benefit of its citizens. Sub sectors represented include education and training; subsea engineering; winches; electrical product distribution; well construction and engineering services; and remote communications systems to name but a few. ’’ Amongst the delegation, awareness of the need to address local content and local participation issues is high.

Scotland is a true Global Hub for oil and gas. The oil and gas cluster makes a huge contribution to the Scottish economy and Scotland has grown many creative and innovative companies already operating in over 100 countries worldwide.

And whilst some Scotland-based companies are already operating in Ghana, there is scope for more to be active here through developing partnerships and transferring some of the technologies and skills that have been built up over the 50 years of operating in the North Sea.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the composition of the delegation should get in touch with:


Scottish Development International (SDI) is the international economic development arm of Government in Scotland and provides a broad range of services to support companies and institutions to help them develop their overseas business. SDI also helps overseas businesses tap into Scotland’s key strengths in innovation, knowledge, high levels skills and technology.

Operating in 29 countries around the world, SDI opened its first office in Africa in the British High Commission in Accra in June 2014. Whilst regional in its geographic focus, sectorally the focus of activity in Africa is exclusively oil and gas and education and training related to oil and gas.

The delegation comprises some 14 companies:

Scottish Companies
271 Offshore
ACE Winches
AEL Electrical
Core Specialist Services Ltd
Forth Valley College
Glasgow Caledonian University
Peprime Limited
Robert Gordon University
Terasaki Electric (Europe) Ltd
Zenith Energy