TREL Recruiting for New International Renewable Energy Project in Ghana
News Date: 25th August 2011
Takoradi Renewable Energy Limited (“TREL”), the international renewable energy trading company and Ghana-based subsidiary of Africa Renewables Ltd, has announced it is actively recruiting for 70+ new forestry and biomass production jobs. The local jobs are part of Ghana’s first ever sustainable woodchip biomass extraction and exportation project and include at least 3 engineering and senior management positions.
TREL provides the European utilities industry with stable, long term supplies of quality biomass. Founded in April 2010 to develop renewable energy projects in Africa, TREL employs cutting edge technology and operations whilst respecting the environment and local communities. Headquartered in Belgium, with offices in London, Takoradi and Abidjan, TREL forms a link that ensures both customer and vendor fully benefit from the new opportunities provided by sustainable African biomass.
The TREL biomass extraction chain in Ghana harvests redundant trees from rubber plantations and processes them into woodchips, which are then exported to the North European energy market. The project is anchored by an eight-year purchase agreement with the Ghana Rubber Estates Ltd (GREL), a subsidiary of the SIFCA Group, the largest of West Africa’s agro-industrial groups.
The TREL investment program in Ghana will require an initial $8 million and when replicated on the rest of the SIFCA plantations across West Africa, this figure will reach $40 million. On its first project in Takoradi TREL expects to export 150,000 tonnes a year by 2012 and to increase this amount to 500,000 tonnes a year by 2015 from further regional development. In doing so, TREL will further connect Africa to the green energy economy.
Training staff is an important objective for TREL as the specialised forestry machinery being imported requires qualified operators. The project also covers the development of a large five hectare storage depot with offices, a spare part store and mechanical work shop. Ideally placed between the GREL plantation and the port of Takoradi, the storage facility will store up to 110,000m³.
The jobs cover a variety of positions from mechanical engineers, truck drivers and finance management to skilled forestry machinery operators. The functions will cover all stages of the extraction process, from the initial felling of trees, through to the processing into woodchips, and final delivery to the port for exportation.
The port of Takoradi will benefit from the project as biomass export is a completely new line of revenue, creating more maritime traffic, port handling activity and therefore an increase in local employment opportunities.
Jean-Francois Guillon, TREL Chief Executive, said:
“We believe our project will generate many jobs at all levels for the local community in Takoradi. Of the 72 jobs that are on our budget, three will require specific biomass expertise. The rest of our employees will be hired from the local area, including the position of Chief Finance Director.”
“We are going to introduce through our project, specific methods and forestry technology which have never been seen before. Our ambition is to promote Ghana in the years to come, as the leading West African biomass exporter.”
Discussing the business potential that biomass has, he added:
“Africa is not just rich in fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, but also has huge resources in renewable energy such as biomass, which can be harvested in a sustainable and responsible manner. Our processing of redundant rubber trees, into woodchips, is the perfect example of this.”
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About Takoradi Renewable Energy Limited
Takoradi Renewable Energy Limited (TREL) provides the European utilities industry with stable, long term supplies of quality biomass. Founded by senior energy trader J.F. Guillon in April 2010 to develop renewable energy projects in Africa, TREL employs cutting edge technology and operations whilst respecting the environment and local communities.
About SIFCA Group
SIFCA is the number one agro-industrial group in West Africa, headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. SIFCA was founded in 1964 in Ivory Coast specializing in cocoa and coffee production. Over the last 40+ years it has grown to be the largest agro-industrial group with operations in all countries of West Africa. SIFCA is a major employer and contributor to the economy of the region with a 21,000+ strong workforce, €600 million in turnover and €69 million in Net results.
About Jean-Francois Guillon, Founder and CEO
Jean-Francois has over 25 years experience in commodities and energy trading, having worked at Vitol from 1983 to 2010, first as a physical oil trader and later as a carbon project originator. He has extensive expertise in the oil sector, carbon trading and renewable energy. He has extensive knowledge of the African environment, both from a commercial and a logistics point of view. With TREL, Jean-Francois is engaged in a long-term mission focused on the development of energy infrastructure in Africa from renewable sources. He wants TREL to provide the link for European commercial partners who are looking to secure long-term biomass supply contracts or seeking to invest in renewable power generation in Africa.
Source: SIFCA Group