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ESB Innovation sponsors sixth
Digital Ireland Forum
World Bank contract won
ON 12TH SEPTEMBER, ESB Innovation was a sponsor of the sixth Digital
Ireland Forum which was held in the
Convention Centre in Dublin. Leaders
in the technology and digital business
sphere, as well as policy-makers and
stakeholders in Ireland's digital economy, gathered to discuss the issues and
challenges facing the industry.
ESB's Head of Innovation, John McSweeney, was part of a panel discussion focused on 21st Century Digital
Infrastructure, Environment and Edu-
Above: pictured at the Digital Ireland Forum are Ann O'Dea, Silicon Republic CEO; Ciara Judge from the
Digital Youth Forum Council; John McSweeney, Head of Innovation, ESB; Carolan Lennon from Eircom
Wholesale and Peter Evans from BT Ireland.
cation. John discussed the benefits to
the economy of the new high-speed
Fibre-to-the-Building network soon
to be deployed by ESB and Vodafone
(subject to EU merger control approval) to 50 towns across the country.
He also highlighted how this would
propel Ireland into the ranks of the
world's fastest broadband countries.
Other speakers included Alex White
ESB International has won a new contract with the International Finance
Corporation (IFC, a member of the
World Bank Group), to act as their
Technical Advisor for the proposed corporatisation of Yangon Electricity Supply Board (YESB), the main electricity
distribution company in the Yangon
Region of Myanmar. The IFC intends
to invest in YESB with the objective
of transforming the company into a
commercially independent corporate
Working on behalf of IFC, ESB International will help YESB develop a
roadmap for its future development
and advise on much needed investment in the network. Specifically
ESB International's role will be to
work with IFC and YESB to assess
the company, its operations and assets and to identify and recommend
appropriate short and long term actions to be taken, in order to help it
deliver reliable electricity and meet
sharply rising electricity demands. In
January, the World Bank announced
a US$2 billion funding program for
Myanmar, of which US$1 billion will
be spent on expanding electricity generation, transmission and distribution.
Currently over 70% of the 60 million
population of Myanmar do not have
access to electricity.
Expanding access to electricity in a
country like Myanmar can help transform a society and bring an end to poverty. As part of this programme, IFC
announced its intention to improve
the power supply in the country's former capital and most populated city
of Yangon by investing in YESB and
transforming it into a modern and efficient distribution company.
This is ESB International's first contract in Myanmar. Given the huge investment required in the power sector,
and the flow of donor funds into the
country, there are significant opportunities for ESB International in Myanmar. n
TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and Ciara
Judge, a very impressive Cork student
from the Digital Youth Council (and a
former BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition winner) who spoke
on the importance of implementing
diverse digital technology in schools
and teaching methodologies throughout Ireland. n
ESB International signs contract with
Pictured: Noel Tobin, ESB International; Tonci Bakovic, Chief Energy Specialist, IFC; Julio Lemaitre, Chief
Power Engineer, IFC; Aung Khaing, Chairman, YESB; Brian Montayne and Jim Owens, ESB International.
Belfast to Brussels - 100% electric
ESB INTERNATIONAL HAS recently
signed a World Bank funded contract
worth approximately €750,000 to assist Tanzanian power utility TANESCO develop a national Customer Call
Centre. The new contract follows on
from a separate, USAID-funded Millennium Challenge transmission and
distribution contract that ESB International has executed since 2008.
Tanzania has an overall electrification rate of only around 15%, made
up largely of 'islands' of electrification
such as Dar es Salaam and the Kilimanjaro area.
However, TANESCO aims to connect 250,000 consumers annually for
the foreseeable future, so the national
Call Centre will service a growing customer base for years to come.
Call Centres facilitate efficient handling and resolution of high volumes of
TANESCO staff Mrs Fatuma Chungu, Mr. Evaristo Winyasi and Mr. Walter Jacob, shown together with
(l-r) Ray O' Mullane, Carol Herley, Ber O' Connell, Carmel Geaney, Marina Hunt (all from ESB Networks
Customer Contact Centre) and John Traynor (ESB International).
a range of customer queries. ESB has
developed its own Customer Contact
Centres - one for ESB Networks and
one for Electric Ireland.
The underlying platform requires
state-of-the-art IT and telecom equipment and software (plus telco connectivity). It is no surprise therefore that
in delivering consultancy assistance
for such a strategic facility, ESB International relies on support from our
expert colleagues in ESB Networks'
Telecom Services (Joe O'Neill and John
Wallace). ESB International recently
hosted a visit from three key TANESCO staff involved in the new Call
Centre Project, and was very kindly
supported by key staff at the Customer
Contact Centres for ESB Networks and
Electric Ireland; at the Telecoms Operation Centre, NDCC and SDCC, and
at Telecity. ESB International warmly
thanks all our ESB colleagues for their
great support. n
Pictured at the ESB electric car in Brussels are Dr. Heike Barlag, Green eMotion Project Co-ordinator; Siim
Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission and Hans ten Berge, EURELECTRIC Secretary General.
Two members of the ecars team - Mark
Daly and Conor O'Brien - recently undertook a journey from Belfast to Brussels in a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.
Their journey brought them through
Dublin, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull and Bruges in Belgium. They made the journey
as part of the Green eMotion Rally to
Brussels which culminated in an electromobility demonstration event which
was attended by Vice President of the
European Commission, Siim Kallas.
The journey took two days and involved five charges en-route.
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