ESB International establishes new hub in South Africa

11 Nov 2013

Pictured: Paul Farrell, ESB International Business Development Manager for Africa and Minister Joe Costello, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

ESB’s global engineering consultancy business ESB International has opened a new hub in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The company has been operating in the region since the late 1990s, focusing on a market that has an underdeveloped power infrastructure and often an unreliable supply.

In recent times, the company has seen strong demand and growth for its engineering consultancy services and the office will act as a hub for ESBI’s operations in all of Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa.

ESBI has already worked on a number of strategic projects for the South African energy company, ESKOM, and a number of other power utilities in South Africa over the past five years.

ESBI has been providing energy sector consultancy services on a US$206m energy project in Tanzania, and has completed or currently has projects under way in countries including Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, and Kenya.

Secure and reliable energy supply

“We are very excited to be strengthening our presence in South Africa with this new office, which highlights our commitment to this key market and our goal to provide innovative solutions to the power sector internationally,” said Ollie Brogan, managing director, ESB International. 

“We are seeing significant business opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, as countries aim to improve the reliability and quality of their electricity supply and infrastructure.”

“Establishing a secure and reliable energy supply is a big challenge but is essential for sustainable economic growth and improving the quality of lives of the people in the region.

“We have a solid track record in delivering large-scale projects and our goal is to help our customers minimise project risks and optimise the commercial aspects of their power asset,” Brogan said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years