Компания Altaaqa Global получила признание ISO в области энергоэффективности

Компания стала первой и пока единственной среди поставщиков услуг временного энергоснабжения, проекты которой сертифицированы согласно требованиям стандартов ISO 50001:2011

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После месяцев тщательного согласования процессов и проведения обширного аудита, компания Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power – ведущий поставщик услуг временного энергоснабжения, объемы которых измеряются мегаваттами, была сертифицирована аккредитованной ISO сертификационной организацией TÜV NORD, головной офис которой расположен в Ганновере (Германия), на соответствие требованиям стандарта ISO 50001:2011.

Стандарт ISO 50001:2011 устанавливает требования к созданию, внедрению, поддержанию и усовершенствованию системы энергетического менеджмента, позволяющей организации систематически совершенствовать энергоэффективность ее операционной деятельности и проектов.

«Стандарт ISO 50001:2011 применим в любой организации, которая стремится к тому, чтобы ее продукция и услуги отвечали заявленной ею политике в области энергетики», – пояснил Шибу Дейвис, генеральный менеджер по вопросам сертификации, охраны труда и лабораторным исследованиям в организации TÜV NORD. «Сертификат, присвоенный компании Altaaqa Global – единственной в мире среди компаний по аренде решений для энергоснабжения, служит признанием неотступного стремления компании осуществлять проекты по выработке электроэнергии в объемах, измеряемых мегаваттами, эффективно используя энергию, сохраняя природные ресурсы и помогая предотвратить изменение климата».

Мегана Миллин, специалист Altaaqa Global по вопросам качества и охраны труда, описала, как компания обеспечивает внедрение политики в области энергетики и ее соблюдение в рамках всех процессов. «Мы ставим цель обеспечить наиболее энергоэффективные и экологически ответственные решения энергоснабжения для наших клиентов. В этой связи, мы последовательно выполняем требования нашей политики в области энергетики на всех этапах, начиная с выбора энергооборудования, при разработке электростанций, транспортировке, в ходе монтажных работ в рамках проекта, во время сдачи в эксплуатации и обслуживания. Кроме этого, мы регулярно модернизируем наши существующие установки, чтобы сделать их еще более энергоэффективными».

Маджид Захид, коммерческий директор компании Altaaqa Global, рассказал о том, как компания гарантирует удовлетворенность клиентов в осуществляемых компанией проектах по предоставлению услуг аренды решений энергоснабжения в объеме, измеряющемся мегаваттами: «При помощи мониторинга и оценки рабочих параметров, осуществляемых авторитетными сертификационными организациями с мировым именем, мы обеспечиваем соответствие наших станций самым высоким стандартам эффективности. Таким образом мы можем гарантировать нашим клиентам, что осуществляемые нами проекты в области энергетики не только обеспечивают беспрерывное снабжение электроэнергией, но и позволяют снизить затраты и минимизировать эксплуатационные расходы».

Со своей стороны, Петер ден Богерт, генеральный директор компании Altaaqa Global, призвал представителей отрасли услуг аренды решений энергоснабжения принять на себя обязательства по ответственному использованию энергии. «На нас как на представителей отрасли временного энергоснабжения лежит ответственность сознательно бороться с влиянием нашей деятельности на окружающую среду. Поэтому мы в компании Altaaqa Global постоянно развиваем и оптимизируем наши решения в области выработки энергии, с тем чтобы в конечном итоге они приносили реальную экономическую, социальную и экологическую пользу. Мы гордимся тем, что проложили путь отрасли автономных электростанций к высоким операционным параметрам и эффективному использованию топлива».

В 2014 г. компания Altaaqa Global также получила сертификаты соответствия стандартам ISO 9001:2008 (Система управления качеством), ISO 14001:2004 (Система управления природопользованием) и OHSAS 18001:2007 (Система управления охраной труда и производственной безопасностью), и заняла место в списке избранных мировых компаний, успешно пройдя тройной аудит и получив все сертификаты в первый год оценки.

 

Конец

 

О компании Altaaqa Global

Компания Altaaqa Global, являющаяся подразделением группы компаний Zahid Group, была выбрана компанией Caterpillar Inc. в качестве поставщика решений по обеспечению энергоснабжения по всему миру в объеме, измеряющемся многими мегаваттами. Компания владеет, мобилизует, устанавливает и эксплуатирует эффективные независимые электростанции (IPP) в местах расположения, указанных заказчиком, и фокусируется на развивающихся рынках регионов Африки, расположенных к югу от Сахары, Центральной Азии, Индостана, Латинской Америки, Юго-Восточной Азии, Ближнего Востока и Северной Африки. Наличие прокатного оборудования, в котором используются различные виды топлива, например, дизельное топливо, природный газ, а также наличие двухтопливного оборудования, позволяет компании Altaaqa Global в короткие сроки устанавливать и запускать временные электростанции, обеспечивая энергоснабжения там, где необходимо, и тогда, когда это необходимо.

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О группе компаний Zahid Group

Группа компаний Zahid Group представляет широкий ряд компаний, предлагающих полный набор услуг, ориентированных на потребности клиента, в различных отраслях, переживающих подъем. В их числе находятся такие отрасли, как строительство, горнодобывающая промышленность, нефтегазовая промышленность, сельское хозяйство, энергетика, выработка электроэнергии и воды, транспортировка материалов, строительные материалы, транспорт и логистика, развитие проектов по строительству жилья, путешествия и туризм, утилизация и переработка отходов, а также гостиничный сектор.

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О компании TÜV NORD

Компания TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG установила деловые отношения в более, чем 70 странах Европы, Северной и Южной Америки, Азии и Африки, и в настоящее время представлена на всех основных рынках мира. Группа TÜV NORD Group объединила под эгидой компании TÜV NORD International признанный профессионализм, высококвалифицированный персонал, специализирующийся в широком спектре областей, а также значительное количество компаний, занимающих лидирующие позиции в своих секторах рынка. Сегодня, приобретенные на протяжении многих лет знания и профессиональный персонал, насчитывающий 8400 специалистов, гарантируют признание марки TÜV NORD как символа безопасности, профессионализма и надежности.

 

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Altaaqa Global荣获ISO能效认证

该公司是首家也是目前唯一一家项目通过ISO 50001:2011标准认证的临时电力供应商

经过数月严格的过程校准和大量的审计,作为一家全球领先多兆瓦级临时电力解决方案供应商,Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power获得了ISO认证机构TÜV NORD(总部位于德国汉诺威)的ISO 50001:2011认证。

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ISO 50001:2011规定了能源管理系统的建立、执行、维护和改善要求,旨在促成企业遵循系统性方法,以实现其业务运营和项目能效的持续改善。

“ISO 50001:2011适用于所有希望确保其产品和服务符合其既定能源政策的企业”,TÜV NORD的HSD & Lab认证总经理Shibu Davies表示。“Altaaqa Global成为全球唯一一家荣获该项认证的电力租赁公司,这是该公司在提供高效利用能源、保护自然资源和帮助应对气候变化的多兆瓦级发电项目方面做出不懈努力的最好印证。”

Altaaqa Global的质量和健康安全执行官Meghana Millin描述了公司如何确保其能源政策的顺利实施以及在整个流程中的贯彻一致。“我们致力于为客户提供最佳能效和绿色环保的电力解决方案。因此,我们从电力设备选择到电厂设计、交通运输以及项目安装、调试和维修,都恪守我们的能源政策。此外,我们还定期对当前设备进行升级,以进一步改善其能效表现。”

Altaaqa Global的首席商务官Majid Zahid进一步解释了该公司如何确保其多兆瓦级电力租赁项目获得客户的满意反馈:“我们通过声誉良好的全球认证机构对其性能进行检测与评估,以确保公司的电厂保持最高效率水平。通过这种办法,我们可以向客户保证我们的电力项目不仅能提供不间断的、可靠的电力供应,还能节约成本并将运营支出降到最低。”

Altaaqa Global首席执行官Peter den Boogert则号召整个电力租赁行业肩负起能源责任:“从事电力供应行业,作为临时电力供应商的我们,对减少公司运营带来的环境影响责无旁贷。这也是Altaaqa Global不断地开发和优化我们的发电解决方案,以最终真正增进经济、社会和环境效益的原因。能在独立发电行业成为能源效率和燃料效率的开路先锋,我们感到非常自豪。”

2014年,Altaaqa Global还分别获得了ISO 9001:2008(质量管理系统)、ISO 14001:2004(环境管理系统)和OHSAS 18001:2007(职业健康和安全管理系统)认证,通过了三重审计并在评估的第一年便获得所有认证,以此跻身全球顶尖精英企业之列。

 

 

关于Altaaqa Global

Altaaqa Global是扎西德集团旗下公司,被卡特彼勒公司选中作为其全球兆瓦级交钥匙临时电力解决方案的提供方。公司在客户地点拥有、调动、安装并操作高效的临时独立发电厂(IPP),重点为撒哈拉以南的非洲、中亚、印度次大陆、拉丁美洲、东南亚、中东和北非的新兴市场。Altaaqa Global提供的电力租赁设备的运行依靠不同类型的能源,如柴油、天然气或双燃料,能够部署并提供迅速的临时发电厂解决方案,在需要的任何时间和地点提供电力。

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关于扎西德集团

扎西德集团代表在一些蓬勃发展的行业内提供全面、以客户为中心的解决方案的一系列不同公司。这些行业包括建筑,矿业,石油和天然气,能源、电力和水力发电,物料运输,交通和物流,房地产开发,旅游观光,废物处理与回收以及酒店业。

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关于TÜV NORD

TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG在欧洲、美洲、亚洲和非洲的70多个国家中建立了业务关系,在各个主要国际市场中都有业务存在。TÜV NORD集团将其公认的能力、多样化的创新才能以及作为各个市场领袖的公司结合到一起,组成了TÜV NORD国际。如今,经过了多年的专业知识发展,一支由来自全球各地的8400名员工组成的团队竭诚努力,确保“TÜV NORD”成为全球客户信赖的安全、高质、胜任和诚信的公司。

 

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Altaaqa Global logra el reconocimiento de ISO por el desempeño energético

La empresa es la primera y, hasta el momento, la única proveedora de energía temporal en lograr la certificación de sus proyectos de conformidad con las normas ISO 50001:2011

Después de meses de una rigurosa alineación de procesos y una auditoría extensiva, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, un proveedor mundial líder de soluciones de energía temporal de multimegavatios, obtuvo la certificación ISO 50001:2011 de TÜV NORD, la organización de certificación acreditada por ISO con sede central en Hanover, Alemania.

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ISO 50001:2011 especifica los requisitos para establecer, implementar, mantener y mejorar un sistema de gestión de energía, cuyo propósito es permitir a organización seguir un enfoque sistemático para lograr mejoras continuas en el desempeño energético dentro de sus operaciones y proyectos.

“ISO 50001:2011 es aplicable a todas las organizaciones que deseen garantizar que sus productos y servicios cumplan con su política de energía declarada”, afirmó Shibu Davies, Gerente General de Certificaciones, HSD & Lab en TÜV NORD. “La certificación concedida a Altaaqa Global, la única empresa de alquiler de energía del mundo en haber alcanzado la hazaña hasta la fecha, es testimonio de la firme dedicación de la empresa de ofrecer proyectos de generación de energía multimegavatios que utilicen la energía de manera eficiente, preserven los recursos naturales y ayuden a combatir el cambio climático”.

Meghana Millin, Responsable de Calidad y Medio Ambiente, Salud y Seguridad en Altaaqa Global, describió de qué manera la empresa garantiza la implementación y el cumplimiento de su política energética en sus procesos. “Capacitamos a nuestros objetivos sobre cómo ofrecer las soluciones energéticas más eficientes y ecológicas a nuestros clientes. Por lo tanto, continuamos comprometidos con nuestra política energética desde la selección de equipamiento eléctrico hasta el diseño de las centrales eléctricas, el transporte y la instalación, la puesta en marcha y el mantenimiento de los proyectos. Asimismo, actualizamos regularmente nuestras instalaciones actuales para mejorar aún más su desempeño energético”.

Majid Zahid, Director Comercial de Altaaqa Global, especificó de qué manera la empresa garantiza la satisfacción del cliente en todos sus proyectos de alquiler de energía multimegavatios: “Garantizamos que nuestras centrales eléctricas mantienen el máximo nivel de eficiencia mediante el control y la evaluación de su desempeño por parte de prestigiosos organismos de certificación mundiales. De esta manera, garantizamos a nuestros clientes que nuestros proyectos energéticos no solo suministran energía confiable e ininterrumpida, sino que también ofrecen ahorro de costos y mínimos gastos operativos”.

Respecto de este tema, Peter den Boogert, Director General de Altaaqa Global, instó al sector de energía de alquiler a defender la causa de la responsabilidad energética. “Al estar en el negocio del suministro de electricidad, la responsabilidad pesa sobre nosotros, los proveedores de energía temporal, de mitigar concienzudamente los efectos ambientales de nuestras operaciones. Es por eso que en Altaaqa Global desarrollamos y optimizamos continuamente nuestras soluciones de generación de energía para que, en última instancia, promuevan beneficios económicos, sociales y ambientales reales. Nos enorgullece haber marcado el camino en el desempeño energético y el rendimiento del combustible en el sector de productores independientes de energía”.

En 2014, Altaaqa Global también obtuvo las certificaciones ISO 9001:2008 (Sistema de Gestión de Calidad), ISO 14001:2004 (Sistema de Gestión Medioambiental) y OHSAS 18001:2007 (Sistema de Gestión de la Salud y la Seguridad en el Trabajo) y, por lo tanto, pasó a formar parte de una lista de élite de empresas mundiales que han completado una auditoría tripe y han recibido todas las certificaciones en su primer año de evaluación.

 

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Acerca de Altaaqa Global

Altaaqa Global, filial de Zahid Group, ha sido seleccionada por Caterpillar Inc. para proporcionar soluciones energéticas temporales de múltiples MW de llave en mano a nivel mundial. La empresa posee, moviliza, instala y maneja eficaces plantas energéticas independientes (IPP) temporales en emplazamientos de clientes, con una concentración en los mercados emergentes de África Subsahariana, Asia Central, el subcontinente indio, América Latina, Asia Sudoriental, Oriente Medio y África del Norte. Altaaqa Global, que ofrece equipos de alquiler para generación eléctrica que funcionan con diferentes tipos de combustible como diésel, gas natural o combustible dual, está posicionada para implementar y proporcionar rápidamente soluciones de plantas energéticas temporales que permiten suministrar electricidad en cualquier momento y lugar según sea necesario.

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Acerca de Zahid Group

Zahid Group representa a una amplia variedad de empresas que ofrecen soluciones integrales orientadas al cliente en diversos sectores en crecimiento. Algunos de estos sectores son: minería; petróleo y gas; agricultura; generación de energía, electricidad y agua; manipulación de materiales; materiales de construcción; transporte y logística; desarrollo inmobiliario; turismo y viajes; reciclaje y gestión de desechos; y hotelería.

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Acerca de TÜV NORD

TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG ha establecido relaciones comerciales en más de 70 países por toda Europa, América, Asia y África, y tiene representación en los mercados más grandes a nivel mundial. TÜV NORD Group ha combinado sus competencias reconocidas, su talento innovador versátil y muchas otras empresas líderes en sus segmentos de mercado bajo el auspicio de TÜV NORD International. Actualmente, los conocimientos técnicos desarrollados a lo largo de los años junto con una fuerza laboral de 8400 empleados a nivel mundial lograron que “TÜV NORD” sea aceptado como un nombre de confianza, capacidad, calidad y seguridad.

 

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Altaaqa Global obtém reconhecimento ISO pelo desempenho energético

A empresa é o primeiro e, até agora, o único fornecedora de energia temporária a ter seus projetos certificados em conformidade com os padrões ISO 50001:2011

Depois de meses de rigoroso alinhamento de processo e extensa auditoria, a Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, fornecedor líder global de soluções de energia temporária multi-megawatt, obteve a certificação ISO 50001:2011 da TÜV NORD, o órgão certificador reconhecido pela ISO sediado em Hanover, na Alemanha.

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A ISO 50001:2011 especifica os requisitos para estabelecer, implementar, manter e aprimorar um sistema de gerenciamento de energia cujo objetivo é permitir que uma organização siga uma abordagem sistemática para obter aprimoramento contínuo do desempenho energético em suas operações e projetos.

“A ISO 50001:2011 é aplicável a qualquer organização que deseja garantir que seus produtos e serviços estejam em conformidade com sua política energética declarada”, afirmou Shibu Davies, Diretor Geral de Certificação, HSD & Lab, da TÜV NORD. “Essa certificação concedida à Altaaqa Global, a única empresa de fornecimento de energia do mundo a ter realizado esse feito até agora, é um testemunho da dedicação inabalável da empresa em entregar projetos de geração energética multi-megawatt que utilizam energia de modo eficiente, preservem os recursos naturais e ajudem a combater as mudanças climáticas.”

Meghana Millin, Diretora de Qualidade e Serviço de Saúde da Altaaqa Global, descreveu como a empresa garante que sua política de energia seja implementada e respeitada em todos os processos. “Nós treinamos nossa visão para oferecer as soluções mais energeticamente eficientes e ambientalmente responsáveis a nossos clientes. Assim, permanecemos comprometidos com nossa política de energia em todos os momentos: na escolha do equipamento de energia, no desenvolvimento das usinas, no transporte, na instalação do projeto, no comissionamento e na manutenção. Além disso, atualizamos regularmente nossas instalações para aprimorar ainda mais seu desempenho energético.”

Majid Zahid, Diretor Comercial da Altaaqa Global, explicou como a empresa garante a satisfação do cliente em todos os seus projetos de fornecimento de energia multi-megawatt: “Nos certificamos de que nossas usinas mantenham o mais alto nível de eficiência, fazendo com que seu desempenho seja monitorado e avaliado por órgãos de certificação globais. Dessa maneira, garantimos aos clientes que nossos projetos de energia não apenas forneçam eletricidade confiável ininterrupta, mas também ofereçam economia e despesas operacionais mínimas.”

Em relação a essa última parte, Peter den Boogert, CEO da Altaaqa Global, convida o setor de fornecimento de energia elétrica a se dedicar à causa da responsabilidade energética. “Estando no ramo de fornecimento de energia, recai sobre nós, fornecedores de energia temporária, a responsabilidade de reduzir conscientemente os impactos ambientais de nossas operações. É por isso que nós, da Altaaqa Global, desenvolvemos e otimizamos continuamente nossas soluções de geração de energia, promovendo, por fim, reais benefícios econômicos, sociais e ambientais. Temos orgulho de ser pioneiros no desempenho energético e na eficiência de combustível no setor de Política de Produtos Integrada.”

Em 2014, a Altaaqa Global também obteve as certificações ISO 9001:2008 (Sistema de Gerenciamento de Qualidade), ISO 14001:2004 (Sistema de Gerenciamento Ambiental) e OHSAS 18001:2007 (Sistemas de Gerenciamento de Segurança e Saúde Ocupacional), tornando-se parte da lista de elite de empresas mundiais que concluíram uma auditoria tripla e receberam todas as certificações em seu primeiro ano de avaliação.

 

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Sobre a Altaaqa Global

A Altaaqa Global, uma subsidiária do Grupo Zahid, foi selecionada pela Caterpillar Inc. para distribuir soluções elétricas completas e temporárias de muitos megawatts em todo o mundo. A companhia possui, mobiliza, instala e opera centrais elétricas eficientes independentes temporárias (IPP) nas localizações do cliente, focando-se nos mercados emergentes da África Subsaariana, Ásia Central, Subcontinente Indiano, América Latina, Sudeste da Ásia, Médio Oriente e Norte de África. Disponibilizando equipamento de energia elétrica de aluguel que pode operar com tipos de combustíveis diferentes, tais como diesel, gás natural ou bicombustível, a Altaaqa Global está posicionada para instalar e implementar rapidamente soluções com centrais elétricas temporárias, fornecendo eletricidade sempre e onde quer que seja necessária.

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Sobre o Grupo Zahid

O Grupo Zahid representa uma gama diversa de empresas, oferecendo soluções abrangentes e centradas no cliente em vários setores em expansão. Algumas dessas atividades incluem construção; mineração; petróleo e gás; agricultura; geração de energia, eletricidade e água; manuseio de materiais; materiais para construção; transporte e logística; desenvolvimento imobiliário; viagens e turismo; gestão de resíduos e reciclagem; e hospitalidade.

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Sobre a TÜV NORD

A TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG tem relações comerciais estabelecidas em mais de 70 países na Europa, na América, na Ásia e na África e está representada agora em todos os principais mercados mundiais. O Grupo TÜV NORD reuniu sua competência reconhecida, seu talento inovador e versátil e diversas empresas que são líderes em seus segmentos de mercado sob o controle geral da TÜV NORD International. Hoje, o know-how desenvolvido com o passar de vários anos e uma dedicada e forte equipe de trabalho de mais de 8.400 funcionários em todo o mundo garantem que a “TÜV NORD” seja vista como um nome mundial quando se trata de segurança, qualidade, competência e confiança.

 

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Altaaqa Global obtient la certification ISO pour sa performance en solutions d’énergie

L’entreprise est le premier et l’unique prestataire de solutions d’énergie temporaire dont les projets sont certifiés par la norme ISO 50001:2011

Après de nombreux mois d’audits détaillés et d’alignements des processus rigoureux, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, le principal prestataire international de solutions d’énergie temporaire de plusieurs méga-watts, a obtenu la certification ISO 50001:2011 auprès de TÜV NORD, l’organisme de certification ISO siégeant à Hanovre en Allemagne.

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La norme ISO 50001:2011 détermine les exigences relatives à l’établissement, l’exécution, l’entretien et l’amélioration d’un système de gestion de l’énergie dont le but est de permettre à une organisation de suivre une approche systématique visant à améliorer en continu la performance énergétique au sein de ses projets et opérations.

« La norme ISO 50001:2011 s’applique à toutes les organisations qui veulent s’assurer que leurs produits et services respectent leurs politiques énergétiques officielles », indique Shibu Davies, directeur général Certification, HSD & Lab chez TÜV NORD. « Cette certification attribuée à Altaaqa Global, la seule entreprise de location d’énergie au monde à accomplir, jusqu’à présent, cette prouesse, témoigne de l’engagement résolu de cette entreprise à délivrer des projets de génération d’énergie de plusieurs méga-watts qui utilisent efficacement l’énergie, préservent les ressources naturelles et aident à combattre le changement climatique. »

Meghana Millin, responsable qualité & HSE chez Altaaqa Global, a décrit comment l’entreprise veille à la bonne exécution et au respect de sa politique énergétique à travers tous ses processus. « Nous faisons notre possible pour fournir des solutions d’énergie aussi écologiques et écoénergétiques que possible à nos clients. Nous respectons notre politique énergétique depuis la sélection de l’équipement énergétique, en passant par la conception des centrales, jusqu’au transport, l’installation, la mise en service et la maintenance du projet. En outre, nous actualisons régulièrement nos installations pour améliorer encore plus leur performance énergétique. »

Majid Zahid, le directeur commercial d’Altaaqa Global, a expliqué comment l’entreprise garantit la satisfaction de ses clients dans tous ses projets de location d’énergie de plusieurs méga-watts : « Nous veillons à ce que nos centrales soient aussi performantes que possible au travers de contrôles et d’évaluations par des organismes internationaux reconnus. Ainsi, nous pouvons garantir à nos clients que non seulement nos projets pourront leur fournir, en toute fiabilité et en continu, de l’électricité mais également qu’ils leur offriront des économies de coûts et des dépenses d’exploitation aussi minimes que possible. »

Pour sa part, Peter den Boogert, PDG d’Altaaqa Global, demande à l’industrie de la location d’énergie de soutenir la cause qui promeut la responsabilité énergétique. « Parce que nous sommes dans l’industrie de la fourniture d’énergie il nous incombe à nous, fournisseurs d’énergie temporaire, d’amoindrir en toute conscience l’impact environnemental de nos opérations. C’est la raison pour laquelle, chez Altaaqa Global, nous cherchons constamment à développer et à optimiser nos solutions de génération d’énergie pour qu’elles promeuvent, au final, de vrais avantages pour l’environnement, l’économie et la société. Nous sommes fiers d’avoir ouvert la voie à la performance et au rendement énergétiques dans l’industrie des producteurs d’énergie autonomes. »

En 2014, Altaaqa Global a également obtenu les certifications ISO 9001:2008 (Système de gestion de la qualité), ISO 14001:2004 (Système de gestion de l’environnement) et OHSAS 18001:2007 (Systèmes de gestion de la santé et de la sécurité au travail), faisant d’elle un membre de l’élite des entreprises internationales ayant effectué un triple audit et ayant reçu toutes les certifications dans sa première année d’évaluation.

 

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À propos d’Altaaqa Global

Altaaqa Global, filiale du groupe Zahid, a été choisie par Caterpillar Inc. pour livrer des solutions d’alimentation électrique temporaire clé en main de plusieurs mégawatts dans le monde entier. L’entreprise possède, mobilise, installe et opère des centrales électriques indépendantes (CEI) temporaires et efficaces sur les sites de ses clients, et se concentre sur les marchés émergents de l’Afrique sub-saharienne, de l’Asie centrale, du sous-continent indien, de l’Amérique latine, de l’Asie du sud-est, du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du nord. Proposant à la location des équipements électriques fonctionnant sur divers carburants tels que le diesel, le gaz naturel ou des carburants mixtes, Altaaqa est en mesure de déployer et de livrer rapidement des solutions de centrales électriques temporaires, fournissant de l’électricité à l’endroit et au moment où celle-ci est requise.

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À propos du groupe Zahid

Le groupe Zahid représente un large éventail d’entreprises qui offrent des solutions complètes axées sur le client dans de nombreux secteurs en pleine expansion. Parmi eux, on compte : le secteur minier, le secteur pétrolier et gazier, l’agriculture, l’énergie, la production d’électricité, la manutention, les matériaux de construction, les transports et la logistique, la promotion immobilière, le voyage et le tourisme, la gestion des déchets et le recyclage, et l’hôtellerie.

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À propos de TÜV NORD

TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG entretient des relations professionnelles bien établies dans plus de 70 pays en Europe, dans les Amériques, l’Asie et l’Afrique et est aujourd’hui présente sur tous les grands marchés mondiaux. Le groupe TÜV NORD associe ses compétences reconnues, son talent innovant et polyvalent ainsi que de nombreuses entreprises chefs de file dans leur segment de marché sous l’égide de TÜV NORD International. Aujourd’hui, grâce au savoir-faire développé au cours de nombreuses années et à un personnel dédié de 8 400 employés, “TÜV NORD” est synonyme de sécurité, qualité, compétence et confiance sur le marché mondial.

 

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Altaaqa Global Achieves ISO Recognition for Energy Performance

The company is the first and thus far the only temporary power provider to have its projects certified in accordance with ISO 50001:2011 standards

After months of rigorous process alignment and extensive audit, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, a leading global provider of multi-megawatt temporary power solutions, has achieved ISO 50001:2011 certification from TÜV NORD, the ISO-accredited certification body headquartered in Hanover, Germany.

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ISO 50001:2011 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement in energy performance within its operations and projects.

“ISO 50001:2011 is applicable to any organization wishing to ensure that its products and services conform to its avowed energy policy”, said Shibu Davies, General Manager for Certification, HSD & Lab at TÜV NORD. “This certification awarded to Altaaqa Global, the only rental power company in the world to have achieved the feat to date, is a testimony to the company’s steadfast dedication to delivering multi-megawatt power generation projects that efficiently use energy, conserve natural resources and help in combatting climate change.”

Meghana Millin, Quality and HSE Officer of Altaaqa Global, described how the company ensures that its energy policy is implemented and adhered to across its processes. “We train our sights on providing the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible power solutions to our clients. Thus, we remain committed to our energy policy from the selection of the power equipment, to the designing of the power plants, to transport, through project installation, commissioning and maintenance. Furthermore, we regularly upgrade our current installations to further improve on their energy performance.”

Majid Zahid, Altaaqa Global’s Chief Commercial Officer, shed light on how the company guarantees customer satisfaction in all its multi-megawatt rental power projects: “We ensure that our power plants maintain the highest level of efficiency by having their performance monitored and evaluated by reputable global certification bodies. This way, we assure our clients that our power projects do not only supply uninterrupted reliable electricity, but also offer cost savings and minimal operational expenditure.”

For his part, Peter den Boogert, CEO of Altaaqa Global, called upon the rental power industry to take up the cause of energy responsibility. “Being in the business of providing electricity, the onus is upon us, temporary power providers, to conscientiously mitigate the environmental effects of our operations. That is why we at Altaaqa Global are continuously developing and optimizing our power generation solutions, so they ultimately promote real economic, social and environmental benefits. We are proud to have blazed a trail in energy performance and fuel efficiency in the IPP industry.”

In 2014, Altaaqa Global has also achieved ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) certifications, making it part of an elite list of global companies to have ever completed a triple audit and received all certifications in its first year of evaluation.

 

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About Altaaqa Global

Altaaqa Global, a subsidiary of Zahid Group, has been selected by Caterpillar Inc. to deliver multi-megawatt turnkey temporary power solutions worldwide. The company owns, mobilizes, installs, and operates efficient temporary independent power plants (IPP’s) at customer sites, focusing on the emerging markets of Sub-Sahara Africa, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Offering power rental equipment that will operate with different types of fuel such as diesel, natural gas, or dual-fuel, Altaaqa Global is positioned to rapidly deploy and provide temporary power plant solutions, delivering electricity whenever and wherever it may be needed.

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About Zahid Group

Zahid Group represents a diverse range of companies, offering comprehensive, customer-centric solutions in a number of thriving industries. Some of those include construction; mining; oil & gas; agriculture; power, electricity & water generation; material handling; building materials; transportation & logistics; real estate development; travel & tourism; waste management & recycling; and hospitality.

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About TÜV NORD

TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG has established business relationships in more than 70 countries of Europe, America, Asia and Africa and is now represented in all major world markets. The TÜV NORD Group has combined its acknowledged competence, versatile innovative talent and also many companies who are leaders in their market segments under the umbrella of TÜV NORD International. Now, know-how developed over many years and a dedicated, 8,400-strong workforce worldwide ensure that “TÜV NORD” is accepted as a global name for safety, quality, competence and trust.

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Sharing the Power Pie

Many residents and businesses that packed their bags and left the Middle East at the height of the crisis are now zipping their luggage for a completely polar reason. As the Middle East rises from the ashes of the recent financial downturn, a great number of companies and ex-residents that fled the region are now clawing to take the next flight in. The Middle Eastern governments, particularly in the GCC countries, have remained tenacious in the face of the downturn and strategically, albeit riskily, continued to disburse notable amounts to fund infrastructure, commercial and residential projects, which were then in danger of being either stalled or cancelled. Now, in light of the nascent regional upturn, these projects (in addition to new ones) are gaining traction, and the companies that used to shy away from them from fear of an unprecedented collapse are now optimistically tendering to win the rights to capitalize on the burgeoning GCC construction industry.

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However, the companies and the residents in the GCC will not only have the economic and financial rewards to share among themselves – each of them will also have to take a piece of the region’s energy supply, which may not be as rapidly expanding as the economy or as actively evolving as the industrial processes. A perennial issue in the developing economies, like the Middle East, is the observed discrepancy between the rate of economic and industrial expansion and of investments in power-related infrastructure. Economic activities in emerging markets are increasing at a remarkably fast pace while projects related to power generation or distribution are, most of the time, suffering notable delays.

That the demand for energy outstrips the supply may bring about serious repercussion in the foreseeable future. Most of the countries in the Middle East depend on natural gas – a finite resource – for electricity, and though the present demand may not result in its complete depletion, an occasional spike in energy requirements, like during the summer months or seasons of intense oil & gas or commercial production, may result in supply hiccups which are not to be underestimated.

When the demand overwhelms the supply channels, power outages may occur. Saudi Arabia has reportedly experienced several occurrences of massive power interruptions in recent years, said to be due to the demanding energy requirement during the hottest and peak production months. The emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has also felt the economic effects of a sustained power interruption, with local industrial companies reporting cumulative losses between AED 70 million and AED 100 million.

To prevent the recurrence of power interruptions, governments in the Middle East are exploring the possibility of tapping other sources of energy to boost their respective countries’ electricity supply. Some countries in the GCC are keenly looking at harnessing the power of the sun to complement their traditional energy sources. Saudi Arabia has announced that it is looking to install 41 GW of solar power by 2032, predicted to yield enough energy to support 20% of its total electricity production. Kuwait is already mapping out plans to at least produce 5% of its electricity from solar means, while the UAE, Jordan and Qatar have also unveiled solar generation targets on the gigawatt scale.

Over the next few years, these objectives will translate into large-scale power-related infrastructure projects aimed at enhancing the overall electricity generation capabilities of the aforementioned Middle Eastern countries. There is however, an unaccounted arc that calls for a more heightened attention: What happens, then, between now and the time when these projects are finally fully operational? Will power interruptions continue to persist? Will load shedding be a regular solution so that power plants avert the possibility of a total shutdown? Will companies, factories, oil & gas facilities and mining sites in the Middle East continue to suffer financial loses when the power supply cannot support their operational demands?

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A power boost
Interim power generation plants could represent an immediate, viable, sustainable and cost-efficient solution to energy-related problems while the permanent electricity infrastructure is still being planned, evaluated or constructed. Rental power technologies, as the ones provided by Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, can provide cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional sources of power when situations call for a boost in power supply, like during the summer months or during the completion of large-scale activities. Gas, diesel or dual-fuel (70% gas and 30% diesel) generators are specifically developed to reduce fuel costs and encourage cost-savings on the part of the end-users.

Interim power station technologies also provide the most flexible power solution to support base load, intermediate, peaking or standby power generation. These solutions are adaptable enough to meet the exact requirements of different industries in the Middle East, such as utility, industrial manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, petrochemical, maritime and aviation to name a few.

Substation-free power plants have also been developed to cater to areas where there may not exist substations. These types of mobile power systems can directly hook up to the grid, thanks to a state-of-the-art packaged protection system.

Making supply meet demand
Rising from the ruins of the recent economic slump, the Middle East is now enjoying a market resurgence. The region has once again caught the attention of foreign and local investors alike, and is currently witnessing rapid growth in infrastructure-, utility- and construction-related activities. The current regional trend, however, is taking its toll on the region’s energy supply, thus the heightened urgency to find alternative sources of electrical power, both for short- and medium-term utilization. Renewable sources are gaining traction and gradual acceptance and application, but for immediate electricity requirements in any occasion, be it natural calamities, power plant shutdowns, grid instability, supply shortages or back-up, rental power systems still represent the foremost choice.

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*The foregoing article is based on what was originally published in the October issue of Utilities Middle East magazine, published by ITP.*

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Seize the Opportunity

During peak production seasons, it is not rare for utility companies to set ceiling caps for electricity consumption or to charge a premium during hours of heavy energy demand. They even warn some companies to taper their energy usage or they will be compelled to pay a hefty penalty.

In cases such as this, what choice do industrial companies have?

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Many companies, especially those in consumer goods and industrial production, only have a handful of months that they regard as their peak production season. During these months, the requirement for their products exponentially increase, hence they find the need to use their production machinery at full capacity and to extend their operational hours round-the-clock. As a result of intense production activities, their power consumption spikes.

Will they have to control their electricity usage and risk foregoing the opportunity of making double or triple their off-peak revenue? Will they have to go on with the feverish production pace and choose to pay the penalty, which could take a sizable amount off the profit that they will be making?

Hiring the services of temporary power providers to augment the existing power supply is an option that industrial companies can take in times of peak production. Using mobile power stations will allow these companies to avoid paying a considerable penalty imposed by utility companies, and to work around the ceiling cap for energy consumption if they require more electrical power. There is a real risk that the increased tariff rate during peak hours and the fine enforced by the utility companies may take out a substantial amount from a company’s peak season revenues. In times like this, it may be more cost-beneficial to run alternative power sources, like interim power plants.

Because temporary power stations are modular, flexible and adaptive, they can be easily installed in a variety of customer locations anywhere in the world. Modern gensets have the capability of producing electricity according to customer requirements, precluding over- or under-sizing. They also have a plug-and-play configuration that allows them to be installed, commissioned and activated in as little as days.

More importantly, as a temporary solution when power demand is heightened, mobile power plants bring more cost-efficiency compared to paying hefty fines or limiting production activities. Several studies conducted in different industries in different countries show that in short- or medium-term use, the price of procuring, running and maintaining power plants for hire is significantly lesser than the cost related to the effects of lost business opportunities, customers, production time and raw materials.

The negative effects of peak lopping can be countered by engaging the services of mobile generator providers. Temporary power plants are cost-beneficial and bring about invaluable paybacks to the operations of industrial entities. With interim power plants, companies can take full advantage of a peak production season onwards to raising a more sustainable and prolific business.

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*The foregoing article is based on what was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Power Watch magazine, India.*

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Balanced Energy Mix

India’s energy situation was precarious. Energy experts estimated that about 300 million people in India had no access to electricity, and that the demand for energy in the country was consistently outstripping the supply. Energy authorities feared for the worst as electricity requirement during months of peak consumption was expected to exploit the country’s thin energy capacity.

Recognizing the situation’s need for an urgent resolution, the country has ventured into ambitious renewable energy generation projects that could potentially instill balance and reliability to India’s mix of energy sources. Now, India is said to have the fifth-largest power generation portfolio and is touted to be the fifth largest wind energy producer in the world. Power generation from renewable sources in the country is on the rise. In 2013, the share of renewable power in the country’s total energy mix accounted for 12.3%, up from 7.8% in 2012. Wind power accounts for 68% of the aforementioned percentage, with an installed capacity of 19.1 GW. India has also entered into small hydropower, biomass and solar energy generation.

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Drivers for growth of renewable energy generation
India’s economy is now enjoying an upturn, with growth rates predicted to peak at 6% in the coming years. With the expanding economy come the growth in urbanization and the rise in per capita energy consumption. As electricity requirements in the country increases, expenses from importing fossil fuel for power generation proportionally spikes. In this light, government authorities in India deemed to encourage the country’s transition from fossil-based energy options to renewable sources through offering various incentives, such as tax holidays and generation-based incentives (GBIs).
When technologies were gradually rolled out, renewable energy proved to be increasingly cost-competitive compared to fossil-based power. Renewable sources were also considered to be highly scalable and distributed, thus alternative power generation became justifiable in the electrification of remote areas, which may have deficiency in power grid and road infrastructure.

With renewable energy generation becoming an attractive endeavor for foreign and local investors alike, India’s government created a liberal environment for investment in renewable energy projects.

Some challenges ahead
India is now among the world leaders in renewable energy generation. While the process holds much potential, there are some observed challenges that are yet to be resolved by the country.

Experts on the ground reveal that one of the obstacles to the proliferation of renewable energy facilities, particularly that of wind and solar, is the perceived insufficiency in the strict employment of renewable purchase obligations (RPOs), which is said to be limiting the demand for power from renewable energy sources. Constraints in transmission infrastructure is also a salient hindrance, because, owing to this, only a limited amount of generated power reaches the grid. Economic factors, like a weak Indian Rupee and delays in payment, also put pressure on project financing and investor interest, respectively.

Perhaps the most striking disadvantage of utilizing renewable energy sources, say experts, is their unpredictability and apparent instability. As wind or solar power generation facilities depend on nature to run, it may be difficult to forecast its performance, which is of particular importance in critical applications. While highly sophisticated prediction equipment is available, it cannot be 100% reliable, and weather disturbances or aberrations can still happen. In cases when there is not enough natural “fuel” to run renewable generation facilities, the areas to which they supply could suffer from load shedding or rolling blackouts. Additionally, in peak summer months or in the coldest winter months when climate control systems are usually in full blast, renewable energy plants can potentially be overwhelmed by the demand if not enough impetus enters the systems.

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The need for an energy “safety net”
For a burgeoning country like India, the solution to sustaining economic growth and energy viability may not be simply ascribed to one single source of power. It has been documented that the country’s existing traditional permanent power infrastructure may encounter some difficulties in supporting India’s power demands in a variety of contexts, hence the effort that the country is exerting to make inroads into renewable energy generation. While the new technologies may hold water, total immersion into the new paradigm may take time, as shown by the range of legislative and economic considerations that still present themselves as impediments to alternative energy growth. Renewable technologies are on their way to progress and advancement, as research and development endeavors are well encouraged by the Indian powers that be. Improvement, however, may not happen overnight, and as it unravels, renewable energy facilities may find merit it taking in support from stable and tested technologies, like rental power systems.

Rental generators may be able to supplement the existing power generated by traditional and renewable sources of energy. They can act as an energy “safety net”, preventing electricity levels from falling beyond what is acceptable and productive. These rental generator sets are equipped with state-of-the-art fast-start systems that allows them to supply the needed power at the shortest possible time, in cases of instability from other sources of electricity.

Interim energy technologies also represents a cost-effective immediate solution to power supply shortages, as they do not require sizable initial capital to be acquired. India, as a country looking to increase its expenditure in renewable sources in years to come, may find benefit in this attribute, as renting power generators would not entail denting a country’s budget or restructuring financial resources allocated to other services.

Because they are modular and flexible, temporary generators can also be installed where renewable energy facilities find most appropriate applications. Rental power systems can be easily delivered from any point on Earth to another and, owing to its easy, plug-and-play configuration, can be started in as short as few days.

With rental power plants on board, the perceived limitations of traditional and renewable energy sources can be overcome, and the power can be bridged until the other sources regain their stability. In this context, temporary power plants find their maximum benefit in being used as supplementary or back-up power while permanent energy facilities are being constructed or refurbished, or when alternative energy sources are being advanced and improved.

The key to power is balance
Having a balanced energy mix may be the key to a sustained economic, political and social stability. As countries like India enjoy an economic upturn, growth industries, such as manufacturing, utilities and oil & gas, should be expected to consume large sums of energy. With limited resources, it may be difficult for a country to rein in energy consumption at the expense of economic opportunities. What developing countries need are support systems – like what rental power plants are for energy sustainability. As India maps its road to energy stability, temporary electricity generation facilities are available to support the country’s existing infrastructure to produce continuous and reliable electricity needed to power the country’s future.

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*The foregoing article is based on what was originally published in the September 2014 issue of EPC&I magazine, Northern Lights Communications, India.*

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Using Power to Change the Future

One of the great thinkers in the modern history of the world, Abraham Lincoln, once said that the best way to predict the future was to create it. Change is inevitable, and we, humans, are constantly faced with the options of either effecting the change ourselves or being subject to the result of some other factor’s change.

Lincoln’s world-famous quote asserts that we have a say in what the future will hold for us, and that proactivity, as opposed to reactivity, will offer us our desired results.

This citation holds true till this very day, and still finds application in almost all facets of life. Each and every day, we, our relatives, our companies and even our governments are confronted with the compulsion to make decisions, selecting one or the other, to move forward. Oftentimes, the decision of the greater elements of the society sets off a domino effect, trickling the repercussion down to the nucleus. There may also be instances when the effects of the choices of the citizens escalate to the powers that be. In most cases, the relationship between the components of a society may not linear – there may be a constant push-and-pull or imposition-and-retaliation, or, at best, demand-and-submission.

Let us contextualize the foregoing discussion and throw the spotlight on the present energy situation in the Middle East. Let us examine the scenario through the prism of “choices”, and study how a marginal shift in behavior, say, leads to encompassing and durative effects.

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Power at home
It may be hard to argue that it is the choice of the residents of the Middle East to raise the temperatures during summer to as high as 50°C, or more, at times. We may also consider that putting on air conditioners is a foregone conclusion, otherwise the living conditions will be utterly unbearable. We may say, however, that they have a choice in which AC unit to buy, or in considering the lifecycle cost of an electric product instead of its first cost. We could also be excused in saying that they also have a choice in how to take advantage of the power subsidy that they get from their governments, and on ascertaining how much electricity is essentially needed in their daily lives.

Studies cite that Saudis, for example, use nine times more electricity than the citizens of the four largest Arab countries. An individual in Saudi Arabia consumes around 8,200 kilowatt in an hour compared to an average 951 kilowatt an hour by an individual from Egypt, Algeria, or Morocco. Moreover, energy consumption per individual in Saudi Arabia was observed to have risen by three per cent in 2011 and by nine per cent in 2012. In the entire energy mix, the housing sector was estimated to be responsible for consuming 50% of the country’s total energy production.

To which, however, can one attribute this dizzying energy consumption average? Though not absolute, energy industry experts ascribe a large part the high electricity consumption to the poor energy efficiency of AC systems that the citizens of the region ultimately bring home. HVAC systems consume approximately 51% of all electricity production in the region, and this can reach up to 70% during the summer months. A considerable number of AC systems on offer are observed to have low energy efficiency ratios (EERs) despite the presence and promotion of energy efficiency standards in Middle Eastern countries. In most cases, air conditioners with low EERs are the cheapest, attracting buyers to give premium to the price they see on the tag than to the number of stars rating the performance of the unit.

What most users are not aware of is that, though units with higher EER are more expensive, they run more efficiently, reducing monthly power consumption, thus reflecting as less billed electricity. More technologically advanced units also operate longer without the need for repair or servicing, thereby cutting on maintenance costs.

Power in the country
To support the region’s daily electricity consumption, countries use an estimated millions of barrels of oil a day – notably one of the highest in the world.

Industry experts observe that the upward trend in the regional power demand is owing to the fact that most of the Middle Eastern countries’ development is based on energy-intensive industries, like construction, manufacturing, water desalination and oil & gas. The region’s economic conditions are also highly attractive to expatriates and foreign businesses, which causes the Middle East’s population to spike. Due to the region’s unique climate, residents in the Middle East live energy-intensive lifestyles in their homes, offices and means of transportation.

The energy situation in the region is predicted to take more challenging turns. In Saudi Arabia, for example, authorities are predicting that by the year 2020, the demand for electricity in the Kingdom would have increased by 30,000 MW. The World Energy Council supports this forecast and adds that the power consumption in the Middle East and North Africa can rise by as much as 80%-114% till 2050.

With over 50% of the world’s proven oil reserves and approximately 40% of the world’s gas, the foremost choice for the Middle East will be to rely on fossil fuels for decades to come. The challenge, however, is that fossil fuels are finite resources, and some countries in the region are already feeling the pressure of the current demand on power generation.

Just recently, industry experts in Iraq have reported that the country’s ability to generate electricity was being hampered by a shortage of gas supply to its power plants. Owing to this predicament, Iraq’s electricity supply is deficient by at least 3,000 MW, and major power plants, such as Nainawa, Al Mansurya and Rumaila remain idle. Experts say that the peak power demand in the country hits 16,000 MW compared to only 12,000 MW of available electricity.

According to industry studies, there may be real dangers looming in light of the observed depletion of the Middle East’s fossil fuel reserves, largely due to the continuous growth of the regional power demand. First, when the dedicated fossil fuel resource could no longer support the electricity requirement, power supply may become unstable and interruptions may ensure, resulting in myriad negative impacts to the region’s economy, business and people. A power interruption affecting critical facilities, like hospitals, airports, telecommunication towers, data centers and oil & gas installations, has the potential to put an entire country or region to a standstill, and in light of regional integration among Middle Eastern countries, consequences are sure to spill over national borders.

Second, market projections suggest that the persistence of the current energy requirement patterns in the region may render Middle Eastern countries vulnerable to economic and social instability. Let us take Saudi Arabia as an example: The unrestrained domestic fuel consumption in the Kingdom may hamper its ability to export oil within a decade, and considering that over 80% of the country’s government spending is dependent on oil, a downtrend in the Kingdom’s oil export activities may affect its capacity to provide for its residents’ needs in the future. On the other hand, a limited supply to other countries could lead to soaring prices of oil and other petroleum products, which will consequently distress all the industries that depend on it for production and operation.

With predicaments such as these, what choices are there to make?

At present, the governments of the Middle East have initiated tapping alternative sources of energy, like the sun, but designing, constructing, commissioning, testing and employing these technologies may take time and millions, if not billions, of Dollars in initial investment. Authorities have also launched conformity assessment schemes and energy efficiency & conservation programs aimed at modifying the attitude and the behavior of end-users towards energy consumption. Shifting the existing paradigm, however, may take decades, if not generations, and without curbing the present energy requirement, the region’s existing power resources may not be able to sustain it until the foreseeable future.

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Empowered choice
While the long-term solutions are underway, countries in the Middle East may take a proactive approach in dealing with the region’s energy situation by hiring the services of rental power companies.

Hiring temporary power generation plants to bridge the demand and the supply of electricity yields many advantages, particularly when there is a foreseeable delay in the completion of permanent electricity facilities or when a considerable amount of power is immediately needed. Interim power generators are essential, particularly in times when the electrical grid is unstable or when power distribution networks are unavailable. The technology is also vital in mitigating the effects of planned or unplanned facility shut down or of load shedding.

Temporary power plants also have tested and recognized benefits in times of emergency, natural calamities & weather disturbance or intense seasonal demand. Disasters, unanticipated weather shifts and peak power requirements put unpredicted pressure on the region’s energy reserves, and addressing these ad hoc cases could mean taking power resources already allocated for other functions. Utilizing interim power generators in times like these not only instantaneously resolves the deficiency in supply but also precludes untoward and long-term effects that reorganization of energy resources may have to a wide array of industries.

Interim power generation facilities are sustainable, efficient and cost-effective solutions to a gamut of energy-related challenges. They respond to the questions of immediacy, viability and affordability. They are highly practical especially for short- and medium-term hire, as building permanent facilities for provisional usage may not be the most economical and workable choice. Temporary power plants offer utmost flexibility, scalability and modularity to fit in any situation, for any requirement, and to every budget.

The future is what you make it
Fossil fuels are non-renewable and the Middle East’s reserves are observed to be gradually diminishing. Alternative sources of energy, like the sun, may be abundant, but projects that could launch them at the forefront of power generation will take decades and a huge amount of country’s resources. Governments and utility companies in the Middle East are now offered an alternative choice to respond to the region’s power challenges aside from venturing into multi-billion Dollar energy facilities or pushing for a shift in existing consumption standards. They now have an option to hire interim power plants to bridge the power gap where needed and when needed. Now, the onus is upon us to make good use of the resources on offer and take the choices that would lead us to a future that we have envisioned for us, for our children and our children’s children.

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*The foregoing article is based on an article originally published in Issue 4 2014 of Technical Review Middle East, published by Alain Charles Publishers.*

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