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)