Altaaqa Global, Altaaqa Alternative Solutions reap major honors at MEP Awards 2014

Recognized for Health and Safety Initiative of the Year; sister company recognized as the Specialist Contractor of the Year, respectively

 MEP Awards 2014

Dubai based Altaaqa Global, the global provider of temporary power solutions, and sister company Altaaqa Alternative Solutions (Altaaqa), the leading provider of electrical power, water and temperature control solutions in Saudi Arabia, garnered major awards at the MEP Awards 2014 held on November 26, 2014, at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Altaaqa Global was recognized for its outstanding health, safety and security initiatives in relation to the deployment of its personnel and equipment in hostile environments. Jeddah based Altaaqa Alternative Solutions, on the other hand, won the Specialist Contractor of the Year Award, following the successful completion of its 95 MW temporary power plant project in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia in just 22 days.

Altaaqa Global emerged victorious amidst a formidable line-up of nominees, including ETA Engineering, Arabian MEP Contracting, Mercury MENA, AECOM, and ALEMCO. Altaaqa bested a stellar pool of shortlisted companies, including Arabian MEP Contracting and SEMCO.

The Health and Safety Initiative of the Year is awarded to a company that excels in maintaining or improving upon health and safety standards on its project sites, or which has introduced any specific training or awareness initiative. According to the esteemed panel of judges, with its entry, titled “Providing Adequate Security in Hostile Environments”, Altaaqa Global was able to demonstrate that through careful planning of project risk assessment, it is possible to ensure lives are protected, even in the face of highly demanding deliverables.

Commenting on the company’s latest feat, Peter den Boogert, General Manager of Altaaqa Global, said, “We are proud yet humbled to be recognized by one of the most credible and respected publications in the region. This award is certainly dedicated to the hardworking men and women of Altaaqa Global, who brave security instability and the harshest weather conditions in the areas where our company operates. We, furthermore, share this recognition with the local engineers and security and HSE agencies that helped our in-house teams maintain the highest standard of safety and environmental stewardship in our power plant sites.”

On the other hand, the Specialist Contractor of the Year Award is given to a company that played a pivotal role in the MEP sector’s ongoing development, and that promotes sustainability and cost-effectiveness, helping the MEP sector benchmark itself globally. Bannering its historic 22-day completion of a 95 MW power plant in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia, the judges were convinced that Altaaqa showed that with a high level of coordination and planning, and by having what the judges dubbed as “nerves of steel”, it can deliver on highly challenging requirements.

Speaking from the event, Emad Mukhalalaty, Managing Director of Altaaqa, said, “This award will further encourage the entire team at Altaaqa to continue providing its customers with innovative and quality solutions that exceed their expectations.”

Steven Meyrick, commenting on behalf of the Board of Altaaqa Global and Altaaqa Alternative Solution, said that the recognitions would inspire both companies to further improve on its processes and courageously take on projects that push the boundary of engineering and health & safety best practice.

Majid Zahid, speaking on behalf of the parent organization, Zahid Group, shared the distinction with the people and the governments of the countries that trusted Group companies with providing the much-needed electricity in times when it is needed the most. “Though several of our projects are in highly hostile environments, with Allah’s Blessings, our teams draw the strength to continue pursuing excellence in serving the people from our state-of-the-art power plants. We will continue to keep powering regions, cities and industries, which are crucial enablers of global development.”

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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.
http://www.altaaqaglobal.com

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.
http://www.zahid.com/

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Altaaqa Global
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Altaaqa Global achieves high commendation at UK awards

The company was highly commended for the Energy Excellence Award at the 2014 Energy Institute Awards, London, UK

Altaaqa Global - Energy Excellence Award - Highly Commended - Energy Institute Awards London

Altaaqa Global, the global provider of temporary power solutions, was highly commended for the Energy Excellence Award for its 23-day installation of a 54 MW power plant in Aden, Yemen, at the 2014 Energy Institute Awards held on November 13 at the Sheraton Park Lane, London, UK. With its entry, titled “Rebuilding a War-Torn Nation”, Altaaqa Global was shortlisted for the accolade among a stellar pool of nominees, including the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, the UK Ministry of Defence, and Open Energi and Aggregate Industries.

The Energy Excellence Award is intended to give recognition to an outstanding feat in the energy industry, bannering fresh thinking and strategic and innovative problem solving. To be qualified for the award, a company or a project’s attainment should have the greatest impact on all parts of the industry. As the organizers put it, the award spans all the other categories, and represents the pinnacle of achievements in the energy industry.
Commenting from the event, Peter den Boogert, General Manager of Altaaqa Global, said, “We are proud yet humbled to be recognized by the highest energy body in the UK. This recognition is a testament to the hard work that the men and women of Altaaqa Global have given to the project, braving security instability and the harshest weather conditions. We, furthermore, extend our sincerest gratitude to the local Yemeni engineers that joined us in completing this historic project.”

Majid Zahid, Strategic Accounts Director of Altaaqa Global, attributed the achievement to the people of Aden, Yemen. “We share this distinction with the people of Yemen, including the country’s leadership, who trusted us with providing the much needed electricity as they were rebuilding their nation. This project met myriad challenges, but we drew the strength and tenacity to go on from their faith and hope. Moreover, this project would not have been as meaningful without the positive response that the people of Yemen have shown towards our energy conservation and efficient usage campaigns.”

Steven Meyrick, Board Representative of Altaaqa Global, said that this recognition would further encourage the company to improve on its processes and take on projects that push the envelope of engineering ingenuity. “This high commendation from the Energy Institute substantiates the progressive steps that Altaaqa Global has been taking towards achieving the highly ambitious goals that we have set for ourselves. We will continue to challenge ourselves in every project that we do and to build on the innovation that we have introduced in the past.”

Altaaqa Global’s 54 MW project in Aden, Yemen was installed and completed as the country was recovering from the effects of the Arab Spring. Built in a mere 23 days, the temporary power plant was able to supply electricity to more than half a million people. The success of the project prompted the government of Yemen to add 50 MW to the existing installation, bringing the total capacity of the power station to 104 MW.

To read more about the event: http://bit.ly/14tYdd6

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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.
http://www.altaaqaglobal.com

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.
http://www.zahid.com/

PRESS INQUIRIES
Robert Bagatsing
Altaaqa Global
Tel: +971 56 1749505
rbagatsing@altaaqaglobal.com

READER REQUESTS
Altaaqa Global
Marketing Department
P.O. Box 262989
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Altaaqa Global Opens Office in Southern Africa

Dubai-based Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, a global provider of temporary power solutions, has recently opened a new branch in Johannesburg that will cater to several countries in Southern Africa, including the Republic of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

The new Johannesburg office will serve as a hub for Altaaqa Global’s sales and operations in the Southern African region

The new Johannesburg office will serve as a hub for Altaaqa Global’s sales and operations in the Southern African region

 

Altaaqa Global will bring its expertise, innovative technologies, industry-proven reliability and rapid deployment to the region, which is largely known for its thriving oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, and mineral and coal mining industries. Peter den Boogert, General Manager of Altaaqa Global, said that we would provide Southern Africa with the most advanced power plant packaged systems, remote monitoring, and fuel-efficient gas, diesel or dual-fuel-powered generators. “Altaaqa Global and its sister company in Saudi Arabia have a total combined fleet of 1,400 MW rental power plant generation readily available to serve the Southern African region.”

One of the flagship innovations that Altaaqa Global will offer, he added, was the flexible operational mode that can switch from island to grid mode in just seconds. Furthermore, Altaaqa Global’s energy rental dynamic package allows its power plants to hook directly to the grid without the need for a substation.

The global outlook for the rental power industry has been encouraging, and Steven Meyrick, Board Representative of Altaaqa Global, sees merit in capitalizing on it through strategic market and geographic expansion. “With this recent feat, we believe that we are on our way to fulfilling, even exceeding, the highly ambitious objectives we set at the launch of our company in 2012.” Meyrick added that Altaaqa Global would continue to pursue multi-megawatt independent power projects (IPP) in various industries, in addition to heavily investing in human resources, process and business optimization, and product expansion.

In line with its avowed corporate social responsibility programs that aim to alleviate the social needs of its immediate environs, Altaaqa Global will also continue to provide job opportunities, extend immediate assistance for school children, and conduct educational campaigns on energy conservation and environmental stewardship in Southern Africa. Meyrick continued, “One of the pillars of our sustainable business model is employing and training local professionals in areas where we operate, and we are excited to extend that commitment to Southern Africa.”

Majid Zahid, Strategic Accounts Director of Altaaqa Global, said, “Southern Africa has a promising economic outlook within the energy, engineering, production, oil and gas, and mining sectors, and we are delighted to open our new office in Africa to provide our wide range of highly innovative interim power plants. We are determined to serve various industries, such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, electric power utilities, industrial manufacturing and maritime.”

Altaaqa Global has been aggressively making inroads into the African market with the opening of branch offices in several key locations in the continent. “We have also recently opened an office in East Africa,” said Den Boogert, “and have appointed a highly competent management team to oversee our African operations.” He shared the information that Hendrick Mtemeri, a power distribution veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the power utility industry, has been appointed as the Regional Director for the entire Sub-Saharan region, and Paul Heyns, a power equipment engineering expert based in Pretoria, and Oduor Omolo, power generation professional based in Nairobi, have been appointed as Sales Managers for Southern Africa and East Africa, respectively. “Under their leadership, we will reinforce our presence in Africa and ensure that we stay close with our customers.”

The economy of Southern Africa is largely driven by the precious stone, mineral and coal mining industry. The Republic of South Africa, a leading economy in the Southern African region, is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, and is touted to be the largest African economy ahead of Nigeria. Though still reeling from the effects of its recent economic setbacks, the African Economic Outlook expects South Africa’s economy to moderately accelerate in 2014. Angola’s economy, after experiencing slow growth due to the recent oil and financial crises, is also predicted to be on the rebound, expected to grow by 7.8% in 2014. Furthermore, Mozambique’s economy is forecast to maintain its upward trend, predicted to grow by 8% in 2014. Agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, in addition to mineral and coal mining, significantly contribute to the countries’ GDP, as well as to their employment rates.

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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.

http://www.altaaqaglobal.com/press-media/press-releases

 

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; and hospitality.

http://www.zahid.com/

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

Robert Bagatsing

Altaaqa Global

Tel: +971 56 1749505

rbagatsing@altaaqaglobal.com

 

READER REQUESTS

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Marketing Department

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Altaaqa Global apre uffici nell’Africa meridionale

Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, il fornitore globale di soluzioni di alimentazione elettrica provvisoria con sede a Dubai, Emirati Arabi Uniti, ha aperto recentemente una filiale a Johannesburg, Sud Africa. Il nuovo ufficio servirà diversi paesi nell’Africa meridionale, tra cui il Sud Africa, l’Angola, il Botswana, il Mozambico, il Madagascar, il Malawi, la Namibia, lo Zambia e lo Zimbabwe.

 

Il nuovo ufficio in Johannesburg costituisce il centro delle vendite e delle operazioni di Altaaqa Global nell’Africa meridionale

Il nuovo ufficio a Johannesburg costituisce il centro delle vendite e delle operazioni di Altaaqa Global nell’Africa meridionale

 

Altaaqa Global porterà la sua competenza, tecnologie innovative, affidabilità e reattività alla regione che ha dei settori emergenti, tra cui le industrie mineraria, petrolifera e del gas, della produzione industriale e dell’estrazione di carbone. In relazione all’argomento sopra, Peter den Boogert, Gerente Generale di Altaaqa Global, ha detto che la socièta fornirebbe all’Africa meridionale centrali elettriche, sistemi di monitoraggio remoto ed elettrogeni efficaci a diversi tipi di combustibili (gas, gasolio o dual fuel): “Altaaqa Global, insieme alla sua consociata in Arabia Saudita, ha circa 1.400 MW di potenza prontamente disponibile per i clienti in questa regione.”

Una delle varie tecnologie innovative di Altaaqa Global è un sistema flessibile che può cambiare operazione da modalità “island” a modalità “grid” in pochi secondi. In aggiunta, Altaaqa Global ha delle centrali elettriche capaci di collegarsi alla rete senza bisogno di sottostazioni.

Le prospettive globali dell’industria sono promettenti e secondo Steven Meyrick, Rappresentante al Consiglio di Altaaqa Global, il presente scenario economico favorisce l’espansione geografica e strategica. “L’apertura del nostro nuovo ufficio nell’Africa meridionale, nella mia opinione, sia un passo verso il compimento, o magari il superamento, degli obiettivi ambiziosi che abbiamo fissato nel lanciamento della nostra società nel 2012. Meyrick ha aggiunto che Altaaqa Global continuerebbe a perseguire proggetti energetici in vari settori, ad investire intensamente in risorsi umani, a migliorare i suoi processi ed ad espandere la sua flotta di prodotti elettrici.

Coerente con le sue iniziative di risponsabilità sociale (CSR) rivolte ad alleviare i problemi sociali delle sue immediate vicinanze, Altaaqa Global continuerà a dare opportunità di lavoro, ad estendere assistenza ai bambini scolari ed a condurre campagne educative sul risparimo dell’energia e sulla gestione dell’ambiente. Meyrick ha detto, “Uno dei pilastri del nostro modello operativo è l’impiego e la formazione dei professionisti locali nelle aree dove abbiamo i nostri proggetti. Siamo entusiasti di introdurre lo stesso programma nell’Africa meridionale.”

Majid Zahid, Responsabile dei Clienti Strategici di Altaaqa Global, ha aggiunto, “Le prospettive economiche dell’Africa meridionale sono positive, particolarmente nell’ambito delle industrie mineraria, energetica, meccanica, produttiva, petrolifera e del gas. Siamo lieti di aprire il nostro nuovo ufficio nell’Africa meridionale che ci permetterà di offrire la vasta gamma dei nostri impianti provvisori. Siamo determinati a servire diversi settori, tra cui il settorio del petroleo e del gas, dell’energia elettrica, petrochimico, minerario, manifatturiero industriale e marittimo.”

Altaaqa Global sta aggressivamente facendo il suo ingresso nell’Africa con l’apertura delle filiali nei luoghi strategici in tutto il continente. Den Boogert ha detto che la società aveva recentemente aperto un ufficio a Nairobi e che aveva nominato un competente organo amministrativo che gestirebbe l’operazione nella regione. Ha aggiunto che Hendrick Mtemeri, un veterano dell’industria di distribuzione elettrica con 20 anni di esperienza, era stato nominato il Direttore Regionale per la regione subsahariana. Inoltre, Paul Heyns, un ingegnere specializzato in attrezzature elettriche che risiede a Pretoria, ed Oduor Omolo, un professionista nell’ambito di produzione di elettricità che risiede a Nairobi, erano stati nominati Responsabili Commerciali per l’Africa meridionale e l’Africa orientale, rispettivamente. “Sotto la loro direzione, rafforzeremo la nostra presenza in Africa e manterremo la nostra relazione con i nostri clienti,” ha detto Den Boogert.

L’economia dell’Africa meridionale è sostenuta in gran parte dal settore minerario, particolarmente di pietre preziose, minerali e carbone. Il Sud Africa, la prima economia del continente africano, è classificato dalla Banca mondiale tra le economie a reddito medio-alto ed è stimato più grande dell’economia nigeriana. Sebbene subisca ancora gli effetti della recente crisi economica, le prospettive economiche del paese per il 2014, secondo lo studio African Economic Outlook, sono incoraggianti. Nel frattempo, l’economia dell’Angola, dopo un periodo di crescita lenta a causa della recente crisi finanziaria e petrolifera, è prevista in crescita del 7.8% nel 2014. Inoltre, si prevede che l’economia del Mozambico mantenga una prospettiva positiva, con una crescita dell’8% nel 2014. Oltre all’industria mineraria, i settori agricolo, manifatturiero e petrolifero e del gas contribuiscono notevolmente al PIL dei paesi africani e ai loro tassi di occupazione.

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 Su Altaaqa Global

Altaaqa Global, una società controllata dal Gruppo Zahid (Zahid Group), è stata scelta da Caterpillar Inc. per fornire soluzioni di alimentazione elettrica provvisoria da multi-megawatt chiavi in mano al livello mondiale. La società possiede, mobilita, installa e gestisce efficaci centrali elettriche independenti temporanee presso gli stabilimenti dei clienti, particolarmente nei mercati emergenti, tra cui l’Africa subsahariana, l’Asia Centrale, il subcontinente indiano, l’America Latina, il Sud-Est asiatico, il Medio Oriente ed il Nordafrica. Altaaqa Global, che offre attrezzature energetiche a noleggio a diversi tipi di combustibile, come gasolio, gas natural e dual fuel (70% gas e 30% gasolio), è ben posizionato a provvedere ed implementare rapidamente centrali elettriche temporanee che forniscono elettricità in qualsisasi momento e luogo quando sia necessaria.

http://www.altaaqaglobal.com/press-media/press-releases

 

Sul Gruppo Zahid (Zahid Group)

Il Gruppo Zahid (Zahid Group) è composto da una vasta gamma di società che offrono soluzioni globali focalizzate sui clienti in diverse industrie emergenti. Alcune di queste industrie sono i settori edile, minerario, petrolifero e del gas, agricolo, energetico, idrico, turistico ed alberghiero. Il gruppo opera, inoltre, nell’ambito dei settori di manipolazione del materiale, dei materiali da costruzione, del trasporto e della logistica, e di sviluppo immobiliare.

http://www.zahid.com/

 

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