Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has signed an agreement with Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum (JCCP) as it aims to enhance its oil spill capabilities.

The two companies signed the agreement this week, Adnoc said in a social media post on Wednesday.

The state oil and gas player said that its agreement with JCCP is a part of its long-term strategy to improve its “focus on sustainability and innovation".

“Under the terms of the agreement, JCCP (and) Adnoc (through COSMO Energy and Maritime Disaster Prevention Center) will develop tidal current surveys, oil drifting simulation, an environmental sensitivity index and a comprehensive oil spill response plan,” Adnoc added.

Adnoc claimed that the “emerging technologies will boost its preparedness in the unlikely event of an oil spill".

The United Arab Emirates and Japan have a key trading relationship and Japan’s Jodco is Adnoc’s long-term partner having stakes in several onshore and offshore concessions operated by the Abu Dhabi giant.

In recent days, Abu Dhabi and Dubai authorities unveiled a giant onshore gas discovery between the two emirates that could host 80 trillion cubic feet of gas.