Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) will welcome a delegation from Barranquilla, Colombia, to the Granite City tomorrow.
It follows AGCC membership director Liam Smyth’s trip to Barranquilla in September, during which he explained the reasons for Aberdeen’s success in supporting oil and gas companies to local business people.
Mr Smyth also signed a memorandum of understanding with Colombian counterparts.
Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce and a number of its members will be in Aberdeen tomorrow to develop contacts in the oil and gas industry.
The visit is part of a trade mission led by Colombian Energy Minister German Zapata.
Mr Smyth said: “I am really looking forward to repaying the hospitality that was shown to me during my recent visit to Colombia, which is an interesting place going through a period of transformation.
“They were incredibly interested to hear how Aberdeen led its growth from humble beginnings to take advantage of economic and geographic potential and grasp opportunities.
“Working together has benefits for both cities and the memorandum of understanding is an important step in forming a successful and profitable relationship from which the cluster of expert companies that we have in offshore operations can benefit.”
Barranquilla aims to become the centre of operations for the Caribbean region’s developing offshore oil and gas industry.
Last year, the Kronos well – drilled in a joint venture between Anadarko and Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol – verified the presence of hydrocarbons in ultra-deepwater of the country’s south Caribbean area and confirmed the potential of the petroleum system in the region.