11 February 2018
ESB International, the global engineering consultancy firm, announced today that it has recently been awarded a multi-million dollar contract with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for a number of critical projects funded by the US Government agency MCC through the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). This contract confirms ESB International's growing international reputation and competitiveness on the global stage.
Commenting on the contract win, Ollie Brogan, Managing Director at ESB International, said: “We will have a five-person team in Ghana to support ECG to review designs and technical documents; assist in a program to monitor and reduce technical and commercial losses; and coordinate between engineering, network projects, and operations directorates in ECG.”
The programme is part of a Ghanaian drive to achieve power supply sufficiency and supply to new oil and gas based industries. The development of EGC’s internal capability via transfer of knowledge and skills sharing underpins the contract.
MiDA’s first round of funding for the ECG Financial and Operational Turnaround Project amounts to almost US$150 million with a further US$190 million available under Tranche 2 funding.
ECG’s Managing Director, Ing S. Boakye-Appiah, welcomed the ESB International team noting that “this funding is critical for the betterment of ECG. Changes in the electricity sector will bring much improved services to our customers. I promise the full support of ECG for this project.”
ESB International’s contract is valued at USD$ 4.2 million and will run for a period of two years, with a possible one year extension.
Reacting to the contract, H.E. Ambassador Seán Hoy, Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana and the Economic Community of West African States, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal, complimented the work of ESB International and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “The international reputation of Ireland Inc. and of Irish engineering expertise owes much to the work of companies like ESB International, ably supported in their efforts by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I’d like to think that this contract is further proof of how positive that reputation has become.”
Established in 1975, ESB International is wholly owned by the Electricity Supply Board and is a leading engineering consultancy firm to the power industry. The company’s involvement with Ghana dates back over thirty years, when it carried out a Study of Power Sector Organisation and Management study for the Ministry of Fuel and Power and thereafter with ECG on the Power V programme.