ESB International Announces €30 million Contract Win in Turkey and Major Milestone in Tanzania Energy Project

10th April 2013

ESB International, the global engineering consultancy, announced today two major achievements for its international business. The company has won its first contract in Turkey and has also completed a major stage in the Energy Project it is managing in Tanzania, with the official switching on of a new 132kV submarine interconnector from Tanzania to Zanzibar Island. Both events highlight the growth and strength of ESB International’s business and capabilities globally.

Pictured at the Announcement of a €30m six year contract between ESBI and Unit Investment NVM during the Trade Mission to Turkey are:- left to right, Rmzi Gur, Chairman of DEIK, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamonn Gilroy T.D., Sedar Bilgic, Head of Energy Generation Group, Unit Investment NVM, John Sweeney, Head of Innovation, ESBI.
Pictured at the Announcement of a €30m six year contract between ESBI and Unit Investment NVM during the Trade Mission to Turkey are:- left to right, Rmzi Gur, Chairman of DEIK, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamonn Gilroy T.D., Sedar Bilgic, Head of Energy Generation Group, Unit Investment NVM, John Sweeney, Head of Innovation, ESBI.

Details of the contract win in Turkey were announced at an event in Istanbul which was attended by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., who is leading an Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to Turkey. The €30 million, six-year contract is being undertaken in partnership with investment company UNIT and will see ESB International operate and maintain the Yeni Elektrik Power Station, located South West of Istanbul, Turkey. ESB International will also provide technical and engineering support to the plant.

ESB International and UNIT have formed a 50/50 joint venture company known as UNES to manage the contract for the plant, which will generate electricity as a merchant plant into the Turkish market.

Welcoming the announcement the Tánaiste said: “ESBI is a major player on the global stage and is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most progressive and commercially focused electricity consultancy firms. This agreement is the latest advance in ESBI’s relationship with the Turkish market, following the opening of their office in Ankara last year by my colleague Minister of State Costello, and it is clear that ESBI has the skills to help Turkey to meet its fast increasing energy demands. I wish ESBI every success as it continues to build capability and reputation in Turkey and throughout the world – and I also extend every good wish to their partners on this project, UNIT Group.

ESB International operates in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, establishing its first office in Turkey in 2012.

Commenting on today’s achievements John McSweeney, Head of Innovation at ESB International said: "We are delighted to be able to announce these projects, which we believe will impact positively on people's lives in both Tanzania and Turkey.

He added: “The Turkish power plant is capable of generating up to 3% of electricity consumption in Turkey and the expansion of the electricity infrastructure in Tanzania will transform people's lives and offer new generations a bright future as it did in Ireland in the 1950's. We reached a major milestone today with the official switching in of the new 132kV interconnector from Tanzania to Zanzibar Island, which will more than double the transmission capacity currently available."

In 2008, ESB International won an international competitive tender worth $25 million to provide energy sector consultancy services to the Millennium Challenge Account Tanzania (MCA-T) Energy Project. The $200 million Project, which is wholly funded by the US Government through MCA-T, aims to ensure the long-term development of power transmission and distribution  networks in Tanzania for future generations. One of Tanzania’s biggest challenges is its under-developed energy infrastructure. Its electricity power supply is unreliable and only 15% of the population is connected to the national grid.

The consultancy services offered by ESB International include the specification and supervision of the installation of all elements of the interconnector including substations, overhead lines and the submarine cable. The company is also providing consultancy services for rural electrification schemes in seven regions across Tanzania.

The switching in of the new interconnector was marked with a ceremony today at The State House Zanzibar, attended by Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar, Mr. Daniel W. Yohannes, CEO of Millenium Challenge Corporation, Karl Fickenscher, Tanzania Country Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Bernard Mchomvu, CEO MCA-T, Ahmed Rashid, Deputy CEO MCA-T, John Shine, Deputy Chief Executive, ESB, Ollie Brogan, Managing Director, ESB International and John Ashley, Project Director, ESB International.

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About ESB International

ESB International is one of Europe’s leading engineering consultancies specialising in the electricity sector. Since its establishment almost four decades ago, it has completed projects in 115 countries. The company specialises in the delivery of large scale, capital infrastructure projects on behalf of its parent company ESB and international clients, helping them to optimise their energy related projects and strategies.

ESB International provides specialist advice in all aspects of thermal and renewable power generation, electricity transmission and distribution as well as emerging technologies in areas such as smart metering, ocean energy and electric vehicles. It currently employs over 800 staff.www.esbi.ie