Siemens, WestPark sign MoU to build first industrial and business park in Takoradi

Jean – Louis Warnholz, Managing Director, BlackIvy (second from left) exchanging the sign MoU with  Ralf Gerharz , CFO, Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa

Jean – Louis Warnholz, Managing Director, BlackIvy (second from left) exchanging the sign MoU with Ralf Gerharz , CFO, Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa

Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WestPark Enterprises to develop an expandable microgrid solution for the fast-growing industrial and business park based in Takoradi.

The WestPark aims to eliminate many of the challenges faced by companies doing business in Sub-Sahara Africa, such as access to reliable power, water, broadband internet and transport.

The new industrial park is poised to accelerate the transformation of Takoradi.

To lay the foundations for reliable, competitive and efficient energy, WestPark has entered into a partnership with Siemens.

A statement issued by Siemens in Accra yesterday said as part of the agreement, Siemens would develop a 250kw microgrid that controls the energy generation and throughput for the initial phase of buildings to be constructed at WestPark.

“Siemens will design the microgrid so that the first phase of WestPark can be powered entirely by renewable energy and therefore provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution for tenants,” the statement said.

The microgrid according to the statement would be powered by on site photovoltaic panels. A back-up battery storage solution will be sourced as well.

The grid, the statement said, could be expanded as more buildings were added with the aim to ensure that the park remains powered by renewable energy.

According to Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, “This project is perfectly in line with Siemens’ vision for future business in Ghana and other African countries. As a company we are continuously looking for new responsible and efficient energy and infrastructure solutions, and our collaboration with WestPark is a good example of how we can support partners with similar goals.”

Siemens, the statement said “is specifically committed to economic growth across Africa, and doing so in a forward-thinking manner by implementing environmentally sustainable solutions that will help its partners and customers succeed in today’s environmentally-conscious global market.”

By Times Reporter

 

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