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Siemens commits to Ghana’s energy sector

Accra, July 3, GNA – A
global technology leader in electrification, Siemens, has reiterated its
commitment to assisting Ghana in meeting the country’s expanding energy needs.

Andreas Pistauer,
Executive Vice President, Power and Gas Africa Siemens, said power generations
was one of the fundamentals of economic growth.

“Every modern economy
needs electricity in order to enable businesses to grow. There is a tremendous
need for electricity in Ghana for further improving the situation for power
generation and electricity supply situation,” Mr Pistauer said in an interview
with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a training programme in Accra.

The training programme
was to keep its partners in touch with Siemens latest technology offerings with
particular focus on the recently launched 44-megawatt aero-derivative gas
turbine for mobile power generation.

He said Siemens wanted
to support Ghana particularly in bringing its technology in the power sector to
provide alternatives and engender competition.

“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,” he said.

Key in the pursuit of
this relationship, Mr Pistauer, said was working with partner local companies
in the successful execution of projects and also jointly working together to
resolve problems when they arise. 

He said with Siemens
innovative and excellent fast track power solution technology could help bring
down the cost of power to consumers.

On renewable energy,
Mr Pistauer said there was significant potential in Ghana and that the
company’s goal was to support as best as it could through jointly working with
Ghanaian partners.

“Renewable are no regret
strategy as long as the plant is installed and it is working,” he said, adding
that it brings significant advantage to the economy.

Mr Edmund Acheampong,
Siemens Ghana CEO, said Siemens was in Ghana for the long haul to contribute to
the country’s energy sector developments.

“We are here to stay
for the long-term. Whatever we do here we want it to be sustainable. It is a
long-term approach that we are using and we are here to provide solutions. If
there is a system that has failed we want to provide a lasting solution to
replace or make the system better,” he said.

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,”
Mr Acheampong said.

Siemens is rolling out
a steam turbine project with Group five 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.

GNA

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