An ultra-modern fabrication, engineering and hydraulic facility for the oil and gas industry has been duly commissioned by Harlequin International, Ghana in Ewusiejoe. The facility worth over $20 million is situated on a 200,000 sq.m land in Ewusiajoe in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region. Harlequin International officially began operations in 1998 in Tema and with dedication and quality service delivery has risen to be one of the best engineering firm in the West African Sub-region.
The company started operating in 2003 in Takoradi, and in 2012 with a strategic consideration of prospects in the oil and gas sector invested millions in establishing a world class facility with state of the art equipment in Ewusiejoe, to enable it increase their capacity in production and delivery of quality services in the sector.
Recounting strides made by the company over the years, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Harlequin International, Ghana Barry Williams noted in his speech at the 20th Anniversary of the company and the commissioning of the new facility in Ewusiejoe yesterday, that the company has grown steadily into a one stop facility covering fabrication, engineering and hydraulics services.
“The journey has been a long road and not an easy one however, with the tenacity and support from both clients and employees, Harlequin has developed an operation internationally recognized throughout all spheres of support services”, he added.
Mr Williams continued that the company has become a preferred and recognized provider for industries such as the oil and gas, mining, ports and harbours and the agriculture sectors of the Ghanaian economy and several others in Africa.
He emphasized that the company anticipates to increase indigenous ownership and management, as in tune with their indigenization policy.
“I announce today that Harlequin has recognized over the past years that it is in the interest of Ghana and our company to look ahead and increase indigenous ownership and management, and to this end, we have now included a group of young Ghanaian businessmen who have acquired a stake in our company and as such, furthering the indigenization of Harlequin”, Mr Williams elaborated.
He acknowledged that the financial and human resource investments is evident of Ghana being a safe haven to other investors. Mr Williams encouraged potential investors and industry players to join in their challenge towards improving employment, education and social responsibility for all Ghanaians.
For his part, Chief Executive Officer for the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu Koney attested to the expertise and potential Harlequin has demonstrated over the past twenty years. He emphasized that such successes and impact made by the company in the extractive sector be emulated by other players in the industry.
“Let me place on record that the chamber is elated to be part of this momentous occasion which is an opportunity to join hands with you to usher in this facility that will not only provide services for companies in the extractive and construction sectors but also serve as a training institution for young engineers and scientist in the country”, he stated.
He intimated that the Chamber would continuously liaise with industry players and state institutions to deepen the integration of the industry with other sectors of the economy so as to broaden the value inherent in the sector.
In his closing closing remarks, Chair for the occasion, who is also the paramount chief of Lower Dixcove, Nana Kwasi Agyeman IX, charged Harlequin to adhere to local content provisions, with greater emphasis of creating sufficient job opportunities and placement for the locale.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News