Mon, 22/12/2014 - 12:04
Current Issue 80
Setting the Benchmark for West African Engineering
A company backed by a team of experienced, knowledgeable and dependable staff that provide value-add services to its product range
Writer Emily Jarvis
Project Manager Arron Rampling
Harlequin International Ghana Limited (HIT) has an experienced, knowledgeable and dependable team who are at the forefront of your general mechanical and hydraulic engineering needs. Since formation in 1998, the company has been providing services in the mining, oil and gas, agriculture, and ports and harbour sectors.
“Here at HIT we always find the best possible solutions available for our clients, we continuously motivate our staff to achieve their optimum level of productivity and together as a team we are always reaching for new heights,” says the company.
With unrivalled capabilities within the engineering market, whether it is hydraulic, electrical or mechanical, Harlequin is able to provide added value to its products and services. “At HIT no job will be taken on unless it is known for sure that the work will be accomplished resulting in complete customer satisfaction.”
The company has worked on crucial Ghanaian turn-key projects, which have been completed efficiently and to a high standard whilst remaining cost effective. After investing 1.5 million dollars in specialised equipment, Harlequin continues to grow its status as the preferred supplier in all industries in which it operates.
As a distributor and supplier of a wide product offering from companies such as Krost shelving, Hyva, Linde, Toolquip, Enerpac, Gedore, Rigid and Aeroquip, Harlequin remains the go-to name for a host of industries. It has achieved this with an unprecedented range of capabilities within the engineering market, a committed, experienced and reliable workforce, and a history of adding value to its hydraulic, electrical and mechanical services and products.
Meeting the Highest Standards
Today, the business boasts 2,000 square metres of workshop area, state-of- the-art fabrication centres, hydraulic repair centres, engineering and CNC centres, brush plating, metrology, a spray booth and temperature controlled storage areas, as well as a well stocked forklift centre and an expertly manned CAD centre with the latest in CAD and solid works software.
But you shouldn’t just take Harlequin’s word for it. The firm was the first of its kind to receive the ISO 9001:2008 certification in Ghana via Det Norske Veritas (DNV). This accreditation neatly demonstrates to its customers that all of HIT’s products, procedures and training regimes meet the highest exacting standards.
Guaranteed Project Completion
For HIT, it is not just about having the right talent and resources. It is also about knowing how to apply them. Consequently, the company will never take a job on unless it can guarantee to see the project through to a satisfactory conclusion. The company’s experience in completing quality turn-key projects means that it knows exactly where and when it can provide the best products at the height of value for money.
Vast Product Range
To get a better idea of how Harlequin became so successful however, it’s worth taking a look at an individual line of the company’s product range, in particular, its extensive offering of forklift trucks. HIT is the exclusive agent for Linde Material Handling Equipment in Ghana, a position that it holds with pride because Linde Material Handling are among the world’s best manufacturers of forklift trucks and warehouse handling equipment, as well as being well known for their hydrostatic drives that are used internationally in farming, construction and forestry machinery.
Over the last year, HIT has experienced some phenomenal changes. The oil and gas industry in Ghana is slowing due to no planned exploration rigs in the waters at present. However, the TEN Project (Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme) is currently underway and Harlequin has been awarded a manufacturing contract for this oil and gas exploration development.
The TEN fields are located in the Deepwater Tano licence area, which covers more than 800km2, and lies around 20km west of Tullow’s Jubilee field. The project is expected to deliver first oil in 2016, with a plateau production rate of 80,000 barrels of oil per day. Future development of gas resources at TEN is anticipated following the commencement of the oil start-up.
“This would be a first in Ghana, so all major activities are now focussed on this contract, which should be completed by May 2016,” states the company.
The company hope that this project will secure the longevity of their position in the mining industry for future years to come.
Cutting Edge Software
As well as standing by the best names in the business, the company is also able to hardness some of the latest technologies. HIT recently purchased the USM Vision total weld inspection solution and the software will create an integrated database using procedures drawn from international codes and standards, with ray tracing functionality to aid in the validation of UT parameters.
The cutting edge software is used in collaboration with a specially designed hand-held flaw detector that features a unique user interface that uses two track balls to direct the device, making it easy to use for even untrained operators. The device weighs only four kilograms and boasts a 10.4 inch screen with a 1024 x 768 resolution, as well as a hot battery swap exchange so that low batteries cannot halt workflows.
HIT’s implementation of the latest in technological innovations cements their position as the preferred supplier to all industries. “We run a professional operation and stay ahead of the times. With our focus on innovation, we bring the latest equipments to our clients. Moreover, without their support – always pushing us to serve them better – we would not be where we are today.
“The level of trust that Blue Chip international companies put in us is enormous. So we consider our clients as partners rather than customers, and we will continue to push forwards on this mutually rewarding basis.
“Furthermore, without the commitment of the people, we would not be as successful as we are today. It is our combined team effort that has allowed us to become a leading supplier in Ghana,” concludes HIT.