Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Ewusiejoe (WR) Sept. 13, GNA – The Harlequin
International (Ghana) Limited has opened an ultra-modern centre to commence
operations and give support services to the upstream petroleum sector in the
The over $ 20, 000, 000, facility is a leading
state of the art centre providing fabrication, engineering and hydraulic
services to oil and gas industry, agriculture and the ports and harbours.
Mr Barry Williams, the Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of Harlequin International (Ghana) Limited said from a modest beginning in
Tema, 20 years ago, the company had
delivered satisfactory services to all
its clientele base and had grown into a one -stop facility covering fabrication
“We are now a preferred and recognised
provider for the oil and gas including agriculture “he added.
He said though the journey had not been easy, the
company with tenacity and support from both clients and employees developed an
internationally acclaimed support services.
Mr Williams recounted that 21 years ago in
1997, Ashanti Goldfields invited the company from its base in south Africa to assess
what services it could offer them and other companies outside South Africa,
with the aim of keeping the business on the African continent and stop moving
products all over the world.
Beginning operations from Takoradi in 2003,
the world class company, had over the years, provided quality services to
numerous companies, individuals, private and the public sector organisations,
local and international in the oil and gas industry, ports and harbours and the
He said the opportunity came at a greater
costs due to long delays in shipping components in and out of the country to
The Harlequin CEO said in 1998, the company
opened a satellite operation in Ghana with an initial investment of $600,000 on
600sq.metre base in Tema with a small workforce of two which had grown to 120
labour force and delivered services mainly to mining, ports and harbour
industries and clients throughout the country.
He said the company saw the need to expand and
improve its facilities based on industry demands by investing another $4, 000,000
into the Tema project in 2012.
“With the oil and gas industry, we invested
$20,000,000 in the world class facility equipped with state of the art
equipment to increase capacity and also deliver more quality services to the
“Harlequin has recognised over the past
years that it is in the interest of Ghana and our company to look ahead and increase
indigenous ownership and management, and to this end, we have now included a
group of young Ghanaian businessmen who have acquired a stake in our company,
and furthering the indigenisation of Harlequin”.
“We feel excited and proud of what we have
achieved over the past 20 years. We have grown from a small humble company into
a true market leader not only for Ghana, but for all neighbouring countries and
as a gateway to the West African region”.
The new members of the company, who are all Executive
Directors, include Mr Kofi Oduro Mensah, Daniel Hesse -Tetteh and Frederick
Herman Hesse -Tetteh.
“The above financial and human resource
investments show Ghana as a safe haven to other investors and we encourage such
to look ahead and join us in the challenge towards improving employment,
education and social responsibility for all Ghanaians.”
Mr Williams said the vision of Harlequin was to
become a preferred company and catalyst for range of services across industries
through determination, discipline, integrity and hard work.
The CEO of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu
Koney, pointed out that Harlequin had proven to become a leading engineering
company offering expertise and commitment to clients and reliable services.
He therefore pledged to work with the company
to deepen integration of the mining industry with other sectors of the Ghanaian
economy, to broaden value chain.
“The drive to ensure that investors put
in more resources to improve services in the mining sector is critical as it is
meant to create value downstream through job and wealth creation as well
spurring economic growth of the country.” he added.
Applauding Harlequin for the giant steps in training
locals in fabrication and engineering fields, the Deputy Minister, Environment,
Science Technology and Innovation, Mrs Patricia Appiagyei, stressed that the country
needed to manufacture her own machinery and equipment to achieve the ‘Ghana
beyond aid’ agenda.
That, she said would ensure that Ghana took
its destiny in her own hands and stopped relying on foreign goods and services
adding that Ghana needed to solve local problems with local solutions.
‘We have to embrace technology, be self
-confident and improve the economy. We need to create the means to exploit our
natural resources.” Mrs. Appiagyei
The Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie,
spoke about the four point agenda of the government including providing the
enabling environment and also restoring investors to progress, assuring that
Harlequin, a local content programme would become an example to others in
providing jobs and a sustainable development in the country.