IbisTek Limited a fully owned-Ghanaian company through a concession agreement with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, as part of the Takoradi Port expansion project has signed into an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with an international marine engineering firm; Jan De Nul (JDN), for the construction of an on-dock container and multipurpose terminal at the Takoradi Port. The On-dock Container and Multipurpose terminal is christened “Atlantic Terminal Service”.
Through the service of the project consultant; Royal Hanskoning DHV, request for proposals were sent to seven EPC contractors including JDN, and with an impressive and cost effective proposal won the contract.
The EPC contract was signed into by Chairman of IbisTek Limited, Kwame Gyan and a representative of JDN, Filipo Morobe on Wednesday 19 December, 2018 at the project site in the Takoradi Port.
The EPC contract will see to the construction of 795 meter of container terminal quay, a container yard of approximately 23 hectors, 8 Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes, a Rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) terminal operations, and a 700 meters of multipurpose terminal with equipment. All of these are estimated to cost the sponsor about USD200 million.
The project has a twenty-four month schedule, and is set to be completed in three main phases.
Addressing a gathering for the signing of the EPC contract, Chairman for IbisTek, Kwame Gyan expressed, on behalf of IbesTek, their profound gratitude to CALBANK, Royal Hanskoning, STMA, Members of Parliament to Sekondi and Takoradi, and GPHA, for the support given the project.
Mr. Gyan continued that “the fortunes of IbisTek and GPHA when you come to this particular port, are intertwined. Our success is your success, our failure is your failure. So let’s continue in the same spirit of team work that has brought us this far”
Director of the Takoradi Port, Captain Ebenezer Afadzi, on his part reassured the gathering and Ghanaians of their preparedness to see to the execution of the project within schedule.
“By the end of June 2019, we will receive a container vessel here. And so as we meet here today to officially, sign the contract to sign this project,… on behalf of management of Takoradi Port, we want to assure all of you especially IbesTek that GPHA is solidly behind you”
“If anybody dreams and makes the unfortunate mistake of coming against you, that person will be coming against GPHA, and GPHA will fight it. Because we will want to see this place work in the earliest possible time”, he warned.
In an assuring statement made by a representative of JDN, Filipo Morobe, the EPC contractor would not compromise on the integrity they earned working with the GPHA, and thus would complete the project within schedule and specification.
Mr Morobe stated “in 2012, we sign our first contract, and a couple of years later, a second contract. And even last year, a third contract. And after many years of smooth cooperation with GPHA, and also with the support of local politicians, current and previous government, we are proud to show what you see around you”
He added that “we are happy to sign with them [IbisTek], our first contract, which is two years, and definitely we assure you that we will finish in time, the next 600 meters of quay wall. And like I said with GPHA, we work with three contracts in six years and with IbisTek we have the same ambition”
Chief Executive Officer for the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, Solomon Asamoah scored that IbisTek has been very impressive in fulfilling an ambitious and yet a project of international repute within the shortest period of time. He remarked that their dedication is exemplary of the Ghanaian capacity to champion its own development.
“It’s a wonderful achievement and it’s a very landmark, that Ghanaian group, Ghanaian sponsors with Ghanaian financiers can lead to a development of this magnitude and of this size”, he noted.
Ghana’s Transport Minister, Kweku Ofori Asiamah in a brief address emphasized the role government through the leadership of the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, played to see this dream come through.
“The vision of the president is to develop the infrastructure of this country with indigenous Ghanaian businessmen”
Local Content Emphasised
As part of the EPC agreement, local contracts including the design, supply, fabrication/construction, installation, testing, quality assurance and commissioning of other project components including: buildings, gate and security facilities, diesel filling facility, electrical and mechanical services, access road, and equipment, will be awarded.
Minister for Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah recounted that the president upon a visit to the Western Region, assured the Paramount Chief of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, that a significant component of the contract shall be awarded to the local contractors.
“…the development of Takoradi port, part of the processes should be done by local businesses….to the tune of 250 million dollars. That part of the project should be executed by indigenous companies”, he narrated.
On this ground, Mr Asiamah admonished JDN to adhere to these provisions as spelt in their contract to nurture healthy relations with government and the local people.
Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy Power Fm