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Black & Veatch establishes SA operation

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Black & Veatch, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) leader providing energy, water, and telecommunications solutions, has announced the creation of its local entity, Black & Veatch South Africa.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, the new local subsidiary is an extension of the 100-year old company. It also reflects Black & Veatch’s commitment to providing reliable infrastructure solutions to improve lives in 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. The formation of this locally-based, employee-owned entity, allows us to build on a more than 50-year presence in the region,” said Karen Daniel, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Sponsor of Black & Veatch’s Sub-Saharan Africa growth strategy.

“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. Together we will strive to change the way that Sub-Saharan African communities live, work and prosper for decades to come.”

Black & Veatch celebrated its global centenary earlier this month. The company fulfills its mission of ‘Building a World of Difference’ by providing reliable and innovative infrastructure solutions for the world’s most complex challenges.

“There are many opportunities for us to make a difference on the continent and we have a proven track record of delivering major infrastructure projects across Africa,” said Webb Meko, Black & Veatch South Africa Regional General Manager for Business Development.

“This step reflects Africa’s growing commitment to be a key market for global business. As a full service EPC and consulting services provider, we look forward to addressing some of Africa’s most critical infrastructure challenges.”

Through its new entity, Black & Veatch is committed to improving the quality of lives throughout the region, building economies, transferring skills and knowledge, and impacting communities through job creation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education support.

Black & Veatch African projects:
* Black & Veatch has been planning and implementing world-class infrastructure projects in Africa for more than 50 years.
* Black & Veatch completed Ghana’s first IPP simple cycle EPC project supported by US investment. The Takoradi Power Facility provides electricity to address the country’s residential and industrial power needs, offsetting electricity shortages due to periodic drought conditions.
* Black & Veatch is currently supporting a 4,800 MW supercritical coal-fired power mega project in South Africa. It is one of the largest energy infrastructure projects under construction in the world, supported by a comprehensive skills and knowledge transfer program. Once completed, the project will provide reliable electricity for South Africa well into the future.
* Black & Veatch supported the development and design of the Sere Wind Energy Project in Western Cape South Africa.