Siemens increases investment in Ghana’s energy sector

Accra, Aug. 21, GNA – Global technology
powerhouse Siemens has announced further significant investment in gas and
steam energy generation projects in Ghana over the next three to five years.

One of the world’s largest energy, industrial
and infrastructure companies, Siemens will roll out a series of projects,
including new gas and steam turbines contributing hundreds of megawatts to the
national power grid in Ghana.    

At a VIP event held in Accra, Siemens Southern
and Eastern Africa CEO, Sabine Dall’Omo, said the global company was committed
to assisting Ghana in meeting the country’s expanding energy needs.

“We have identified Ghana as one of our key
countries and our further investment is aimed at helping the country reach its
economic goals and secure it as a serious contender on the African continent,”
Dall’Omo said.

The event was attended by Ibrahim Murtala
Mohammed, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.

With a current power generation capacity of
2936 MW, Ghana requires significant further energy investment.

Hydropower is by far the largest contributor
to the country’s energy supply at 1580 MW, and the Ghanaian government aims to
increase overall capacity to 5000 MW through harnessing renewable energy
projects in the future.   

Partnering with local companies to meet local
power needs- one of such project is for ENI in Sanzule where Siemens has been
contracted to deliver two gas compression packages for its onshore receiving
facility.

In this instance, Siemens has entered into a
joint venture with local company Draper Oil and Gas Limited to form Siemens Oil
and Gas.

“Siemens is committed to collaborating with
Ghanaian companies to ensure improved energy availability, building of local
expertise as well as economic growth through job creation,” Dall’Omo said.

Other flagship projects being undertaken by
Siemens includes the rolling out a steam turbine project with Group 5 in Kpone
– the largest steam plant in the country contributing 350 MW to the grid.

Another project under way is the Tema Thermal
Power Plant. The Tema plant is being rolled out in two phases and includes the
installation of eight gas turbines overall.

It has the advantage of flexibility in times
of unsecure gas supply, and will ultimately add 82 MW to the national grid.

“Siemens will in future be working with
stakeholders to look into opportunities to harness wind energy to meet Ghana’s
energy needs,” Dall’Omo said.

It was announced that Edmund Acheampong, a
Ghananian who has been working with Siemens in the United States, has been
appointed as the new Ghana country manager of Siemens in Accra.

His team will be responsible for business
development, sales and project execution.

Mr Acheampong said at the event Siemens is
currently active in more than 200 countries, and has a 165-year track record in
engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability.

“Siemens has a deep understanding of Ghana’s
current and future energy issues, and is well placed to assist the country in
addressing these challenges.   

“Our commitment to Africa as a continent, and
Ghana in particular, has been characterised by more than just the provision of
infrastructure that has helped grow the economy, however.

Our conduct has always been characterised by a
desire to see and contribute towards genuine and sustainable social upliftment
in close collaboration with our local partners,” Acheampong concluded. 

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global
technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation,
quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years.

The company is active in more than 200
countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and
digitalization.

GNA

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