Black & Veatch sets up in Johannesburg to target sub-Saharan Africa

US-based engineering heavyweight Black & Veatch has set up an office in Johannesburg, South Africa to win work in energy, power and telecommunications across sub-Saharan Africa.

"The ambitious infrastructure development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa align with our existing strengths and are a vital element of Black & Veatch’s continued global growth," said Karen Daniel, the company’s chief financial officer and executive sponsor of its sub-Saharan growth strategy.

She added: "Infrastructure is critical to empowering the people of Africa and fostering new levels of prosperity and growth in the region. Our 10,000 global professionals will work with our local clients to bring world-class power, oil and gas, water and communications solutions to the region."

The company, which specialises in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), said it has been planning and implementing infrastructure projects in Africa for more than 50 years.

Projects include the Takoradi gas power plant in Ghana, an ongoing 4,800 MW coal-fired power project in South Africa, and the Sere Wind Energy Project in Western Cape South Africa.

This year the firm was 32nd among top global design firms by Engineering News-Record.

Photograph: Sunrise in Johannesburg (Dylan Harbour/Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. I own and run a small commercial building in Cape Town where the monthly cost of electricity alone
    now exceeds the cost of all other municipal charges combined!

    This is the crushing result of a progressive increase of 750% in total now on the original unit tariff in 2009!

    These tariffs are the cause of hundreds of business failures and huge increases in the numbers of persons now unemployed! My appeal to Messrs Black & Veatch to do all in its “power” to have our unsustainable power tariffs reduced or at very least increased no more than the official inflation rate! ( Please note that my family and I are all South Africans now and for over five generations spanning the last 125 years since 1890!)

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