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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Robert Bagatsing
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

Altaaqa Global

Marketing Department

P.O. Box 262989

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Las ventajas de alquilar plantas eléctricas temporales (part 1)

Las ventajas de alquilar plantas eléctricas temporales

por Steven Meyrick

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Dentro del sector de los servicios públicos, alquilar una planta temporal es la medida más efectiva que se puede tomar durante una emergencia, un cierre programado o durante la construcción de una planta eléctrica permanente.

Hay tres supuestos potenciales en los que una empresa de servicios públicos necesitaría alquilar una planta energética temporal:

  • una emergencia
  • un cierre programado
  • superación de la brecha energética o medidas energéticas provisionales

Durante situaciones de emergencia, es importante que las empresas de servicios públicos o autoridades energéticas cuenten con un plan alternativo para asegurar que la electricidad se restaura en el plazo de tiempo menor posible. Ya se trate de un desastre de origen humano o natural, siempre es mejor planificar de manera proactiva para los peores casos.

La solución más efectiva en caso de emergencia precisa un contrato prefirmado con una empresa eléctrica de alquiler que perfile las condiciones, tamaño de flota y plazo de respuesta en caso de que se dé una emergencia. Un ejemplo de dicha emergencia sería un desastre natural en el que millones de personas se vieran afectadas, quizás un tsunami o terremoto. Las autoridades gubernamentales y la empresa de servicios públicos pueden amortiguar el impacto de un corte eléctrico prefirmando un contrato con una empresa eléctrica de alquiler para reaccionar prontamente y proporcionar plantas eléctricas temporales en caso de un desastre natural. Japón, Haití y Pakistán son ejemplos concretos de dichos casos de emergencia en los que fue necesaria una respuesta inmediata para restaurar la energía.

En el caso del segundo supuesto potencial, un cierre de planta eléctrica programado o parada debido a una rehabilitación importante, es importante que un proveedor de servicios públicos realice ciertas preguntas antes de alquilar una planta eléctrica: ¿Afectará el corte de energía al suministro a largo a plazo? ¿Afectará al suministro eléctrico para los clientes o provocará interrupciones eléctricas importantes para las empresas? Las empresas de servicios públicos solo deberían considerar alquilar plantas eléctricas temporales cuando no hay disponible ninguna otra fuente de energía alternativa disponible para suplementar el déficit de electricidad durante las reparaciones y mantenimiento. Sería posible, por ejemplo, alquilar una planta eléctrica de 100 MW durante 6 meses para evitar la interrupción eléctrica y suministrar energía de manera continua a instalaciones críticas como aeropuertos, centros de datos u hospitales.

El tercer supuesto potencial es una superación de la brecha energética o una medida provisional. Sería cuando una planta eléctrica temporal se alquila para superar la brecha energética. En estos casos, es importante que la empresa eléctrica realice las siguientes preguntas: ¿Se construirá la infraestructura eléctrica permanente en menos de tres meses? ¿Hay algún retraso previsible en la construcción de la planta eléctrica permanente? ¿Es la demanda eléctrica estacional?

Hay tres factores críticos al supuesto de superación de la brecha energética: primero está la planta generadora de energía, segundo la línea de transmisión y en tercer lugar la red de distribución. Es esencial que estos tres aspectos se construyan, se pongan en servicio y se completen adecuadamente antes de que el usuario final pueda recibir electricidad. Una empresa de electricidad puede alquilar una planta eléctrica temporal si la demanda eléctrica superara la generación eléctrica, o si la red eléctrica fuera a convertirse en inestable, o si no hubiera disponible ninguna red de distribución. En la mayoría de los mercados emergentes, como África, el sur de Asia y el Oriente Medio, hay numerosos proyectos energéticos en construcción para resolver los cortes energéticos crónicos. Sin embargo, la cuestión es resolver las demandas de los clientes existentes que precisan electricidad de manera inmediata. Se trata de un problema urgente que los gobiernos y las empresas de servicios públicos deben resolver. Cuando haya una falta de infraestructura eléctrica, la empresa de servicios públicos y las autoridades gubernamentales podrían alquilar una planta eléctrica provisional hasta que se establezca una infraestructura eléctrica permanente.

El impacto económico

En primer lugar, se debe realizar una valoración de los costes-beneficios de alquilar una planta eléctrica temporal frente al deslastre de carga o un cierre completo. Se deberían realizar las siguientes preguntas sobre el proceso: ¿Cuántos ingresos perderían las grandes empresas (de petróleo y gas) si la electricidad se cortase frente al coste del alquiler de una planta eléctrica? ¿Se verán afectadas las zonas críticas, como hospitales o servicios sanitarios, en los que hay vidas en peligro? Si las interrupciones eléctricas afectaran a instalaciones críticas importantes, como hospitales o infraestructuras fundamentales (telecomunicaciones, centros de datos, aeropuertos e instalaciones petroleras) cuál sería el impacto económico? ¿Cuál sería el coste total de dicho corte energético en comparación con el coste del alquiler de una planta eléctrica provisional?

Un informe reciente del gobierno iraquí muestra que Iraq pierde 40.000 millones de dólares estadounidenses al año debido a cortes eléctricos crónicos. El uso de una planta eléctrica temporal podría aligerar el peso de la pérdida económica superando la brecha energética a instalaciones críticas como de petróleo y el gas, petroquímicos, zonas de fabricación industrial y distritos de negocios comerciales.

Por ello, cuando los analistas financieros presenten la pregunta relativa a los costes de alquiler en relación con el impacto económico de un corte eléctrico, estaremos en posición de decir, de manera categórica, que el coste del alquiler de la planta eléctrica es simbólico cuando se compara con la devastación económica potencial que provocaría un corte eléctrico.

Los efectos sociales

En cualquier país, los vínculos entre la energía eléctrica y las condiciones de vida sociales están estrechamente ligados. Tanto en los países occidentales como en los orientales, la electricidad ya no es una necesidad básica para los sectores industriales y comerciales; ahora es un requisito social en crecimiento para los consumidores individuales.

Durante los últimos cinco años, el deslastre de carga, las caídas de alimentación y los cortes de electricidad en varios países como Yemen, Pakistán, India, Filipinas y Bangladesh han provocado inquietud que ha intensificado hasta dar lugar a protestas en las calles. Cada vez vemos más inquietud social en muchas zonas dentro de los mercados emergencias debido a cortes eléctricos crónicos y la inquietud crece cada año…

Incluso los consumidores que utilizan dispositivos móviles y electrónicos se ven gravemente afectados. Se ha presenciado un estallido de frustración en Twitter, Facebook y otros medios sociales en relación a la falta de suministro eléctrico y deslastre de carga constante. La palabra ‘#LoadShedding’ en Twitter devolverá cientos de posts de consumidores y líderes comerciales enfadados, quejándose en línea de sus problemas.

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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, HFO, natural gas, or dual-fuel, AltaaqaGlobal is positioned to rapidly deploy and provide temporary power plant solutions, delivering electricity whenever and wherever it may be needed.

Learn more about interim power plants, temporary energy solutions & rental power generator for mining, airports (aviation), industrial manufacturing, government services, sea ports (maritime), utilities, power distribution, electricity transmission, power generation and rural electrification at http://www.altaaqaglobal.com

Learn more on how we are solving the electricity shortage, power outages, energy crisis, load shedding, rolling blackouts and plant turnarounds at http://www.altaaqaglobal.com/solutions

Français

Altaaqa Global, filiale du groupe Zahid, a été sélectionnée par Caterpillar pour installer ses solutions clés en main de production temporaire d’électricité dans le monde entier. Avec son offre de location d’équipements capables de fonctionner avec différents carburants (diesel, gaz naturel ou bicarburant), Altaaqa Global est bien positionnée pour déployer rapidement des solutions de génération électrique temporaire afin de produire l’électricité à l’endroit et au moment où les besoins sont les plus grands.

Español

Altaaqa Global, filial de Zahid Group, ha sido seleccionada por Caterpillar para proporcionar soluciones de energía temporales llave en mano multimegavatio en todo el mundo. Con una oferta de equipos energéticos de alquiler que funcionan con diferentes tipos de combustible como diésel, gas natural, o dos combustibles, Altaaqa Global está posicionada para desplegar rápidamente y proporcionar soluciones de plantas de energía temporales, proporcionando electricidad cuando y donde se necesite.

Português

A Altaaqa Global, uma subsidiária do Zahid Group, foi selecionada pela Caterpillar para fornecer soluções de energia temporária em multimegawatts de pronto uso em todo o mundo. Oferecendo equipamentos de energia para aluguel que operam com diferentes tipos de combustível, como diesel, gás natural ou duplo combustível, a Altaaqa Global está em posição para implementar rapidamente e fornecer soluções de usinas de energia temporária, fornecendo eletricidade quando e onde for necessário.

نبذة عن شركة الطاقة جلوبال

تم اختيار شركة الطاقة جلوبال، إحدى فروع مجموعة زاهد بالمملكة العربية السعودية، من قبل شركة كاتربيلر لتقديم الحلول الشاملة للطاقة المؤقتة متعددة الميجاوات حول العالم. وتمتلك الشركة وتعد وتنشئ وتشغل محطات الطاقة المستقلة والمؤقتة والفعالة (IPP’s) بمواقع العميل وتركز على الأسواق النامية في مناطق شبه الصحراء الأفريقية، وآسيا الوسطى، وشبه القارة الهندية، وأمريكا اللاتينية وجنوب شرق آسيا، والشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا الشمالية. ومن خلال توفير معدات الطاقة المؤقتة التي تعمل على أنواع من الوقود مثل الديزل والغاز الطبيعي والوقود المزدوج، تتميز شركة الطاقة جلوبال بقدرتها على الإمداد السريع وتوفير الحلول لمحطات الطاقة المؤقتة وتوفير الكهرباء في أي وقت وفي أي مكان بحاجة إلى الكهرباء.