GE works in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development especially in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. GE is working with Ghana’s leaders on plans to develop the critical infrastructure needed for continued energy management in the country.
In 2014, GE opened a new 200-capacity permanent office in Accra, with a total of 45 employees – 95% of which are Ghanaians.
Beyond providing equipment, GE is a solutions provider in Ghana, working with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders to solve infrastructure challenges in power, healthcare and transport. GE has tripled its number of employees in Ghana since 2011 and remains committed to developing young leaders committed to excellence and integrity.
GE signed a healthcare MOU with the government of Ghana in 2013, and as at the end of 2014, there had been a shipment of 400 Vscans, GE’s portable ultrasound device. There is an option for an additional 1600 Vscan to be supplied. GE is spearheading a training execution plan for the VScan program, which is currently in development.
Other Healthcare footprint in Ghana include:
- Development of Training Execution plan for CHPS workers for Vscan program
- Leadership, Innovation and Strategy (LIS Workshop) held in Istanbul November 2013 to contribute to public sector capacity building. 6 members of Ministry of Health and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital were in attendance
- Launch of independent feasibility study to develop Public-Private Partnership (PPP) COE project at KBTH
Oil and Gas
GE Oil & Gas recently opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana , expanding its global footprint and supporting local investment. The company committed to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years, as it seeks to build a world-class team locally.
The facility, which will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, has a 1,600 square meters indoor test area with capability for testing three subsea trees (XTs) simultaneously, and 4,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor storage. This new infrastructure is already playing a critical role in supporting the installation for Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project - for which GE Oil & Gas is supplying subsea and turbomachinery equipment - and will support the local community by helping to provide direct employment opportunities. It will also provide welcome support for the local supply chain, and for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Providing Technical Expertise for the Oil and Gas Industry
While Hydrocarbons are new to Ghana’s economic development, it is fast becoming a key pillar. Oil and Gas revenues are massive contributor to the government budget. The Government of Ghana is looking for opportunities to leverage the country’s reserves to create jobs and opportunities, generate electricity and jump-start industrialization. Alongside this is a drive to ensure that local Ghanaian businesses play a greater role across the extractive industries, providing goods and services to international businesses involved in the space.
GE is supporting both of these ambitions, providing technical expertise and technology for companies as they invest in gas collection and processing infrastructure. GE’s gas turbines and compressors play a critical role on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah powering the vessel and compressing natural gas for storage and transportation. The company is also committed to increasing its own local content, developing Ghanaian enterprises so that they can participate in the company’s oil and gas supply chain.
GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technologies and services for all segments of the oil and gas industry and, for the last 20 years, has played a crucial role in economic and industrial development across the continent. By maximizing efficiency, productivity and reliability, we help customers adapt to increasingly complex challenges at the same time as the local industry goes through unprecedented growth in terms of product demand, human resources, supply networks and infrastructure.
Through the Ghana 1000 project, a power project initiated by GE in conjunction with Endeavor Energy and Eranove (formerly Finagestion), the government aims to create what would be Sub Saharan Africa’s largest power park, providing more than 1000MW to the national grid once completed. The project is coupled with a floating LNG vessel (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) to supply gas to the power plant, an integrated gas to power solution that is expected to lower the costs of electricity.
The five-year project is expected to boost Ghana’s power generation capacity by 50% from the current 2000MW installed capacity.
GE signed an MOU with Ghana to create a consortium for the rehabilitation of the Western Line.
GE is committed to the sustainable development of Africa’s future through GE Kujenga, our sustainability program in Africa. The word Kujenga means “build” in Swahili. Our approach is to empower people by building valuable skills, equip communities with new tools and technology, and elevate ideas that are helping to solve Africa’s challenges. To date, GE businesses have invested more than $19,000,000 in CSI programs throughout the region, impacting over 91,000 lives.
In Ghana, GE through GE Kujenga and its employees volunteer program, GE Volunteers, has implemented several projects. These include;
- IT 4 Charity: GE Ghana donated 30 laptops, refurbished a computer laboratory and instituted an IT training program for the Unity Cluster of schools. This cluster located in Kotobabi, Accra previously had 3 computers for its 1000+ students. Under this initiative, GE also provided free eye care and eyewear to 1300 residents of Nima.
- Village of Hope Orphanage: GE supported the orphanage with cash donations towards the payment of school fees for orphans, repainting of the orphanage as well as mentorship programs. GE also has a longstanding partnership with Ashesi University Ghana, where students are actively engaged in job shadowing, mentorship programs and internship opportunities.
- Support Nana Kwabena Gyan Primary School: GE through the GE Volunteers programme runs various programs to encourage the students from Nana Kwabena to develop a keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.
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