Power to grow sub-Saharan Africa’s economy

While achieving a buoyant economic climate is a feat in itself, the real challenge lies in staying afloat. To sustain the economic optimism that Africa is now enjoying, it is imperative that governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, address the critical issue of chronic power shortage, which hampers the development of various industries in the region.

Energize coverage June 2014
Africa has remained resilient in the face of the economic headwind of the previous years. This was the good news delivered by the African Development Bank (AfDB), which recently presented the African Economic Outlook 2014 in its annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. Africa’s economic growth, the continent-wide document suggested, was expected to reach 4,8% in 2014 and 5,7% in 2015, on its way to hitting the same numbers as it had before the 2009 economic downturn. The economic expansion, the report indicated, would be driven by domestic demand, infrastructure and a heightened continental trade in manufactured goods. Moreover, the report revealed that direct and portfolio foreign investments were projected to reach US$80-billion in 2014, and financial flows towards the continent were predicted to surpass $200-billion – four times its year 2000 level.

The above-mentioned growth projections bode well for the entire continent, and AfDB suggested that in order to sustain the momentum and achieve economic sustainability and a development breakthrough, Africa would need to participate more actively in the global production of goods and services. In this way, added AfDB, the continent could boost its economic diversification, domestic resource mobilisation and investments in critical infrastructure.

Is there enough power, though?

Since the industrial revolution, power has always been identified as a key factor in encouraging economic growth, and that still holds true today. In the light of Africa’s ambition of achieving economic sustainability, diversity and viability, the continent needs to ramp up its production and industrial activities, and to achieve that, it needs the staying power. The question, however, is “does the continent have enough energy supply to power its way to the future?”

Though the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concurred with AfDB, it sounded a caveat when it said that the observed power supply deficiency in the continent may rein in economic growth. It has been documented that some 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa were facing an energy crisis, evidenced by rolling blackouts, and that some 30 countries in region had suffered acute energy crises in recent years. While the Key World Energy Statistics by the International Energy Agency reported that electricity generation in Africa rose from 1,8% in 1973 to 3,1% in 2011, the continent still remained to have the smallest share globally, despite being the second most populous continent.

Nigeria, for instance, a country that has three times the population of the South Africa, only has one-tenth of the power generation capacity of the latter, and enterprises are already complaining about regular power interruptions. In Tanzania, a month-long blackout was experienced in Zanzibar when the underwater cable lines supplying power to the archipelago failed, following a surge in demand. As a result, residents were paying $10 daily to run diesel powered domestic generators, while businesses requiring refrigeration or heating had to suspend operations until the power was restored. In Kenya, it has been observed that only 25% of the population had access to electricity, and that only 5% of the country’s rural areas had access to the grid. The occasional recession of the water level in some of Angola’s rivers affects power production, disturbing other services, like water distribution. Luanda’s water supply firm, EPAL, cited that various areas in Luanda experienced water supply shortage, owing to challenges related to power distribution.

Touted to be Africa’s biggest copper producer, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) advised mining companies in the country to suspend any project expansion which would require more power, due to a power shortage that, the government said, would take years to resolve. While the country would reportedly institute an electricity-rationing program, mining companies were encouraged to postpone signing new contracts, in an effort to slowdown the growth of electricity demand in the country. Even the region’s largest economy, South Africa, was not exempt from power-related woes. In fact, in a recent communiqué, Eskom, supplier of 95% of the country’s electricity, warned residents of a rolling blackout due to load-shedding, which it said, was to protect the electricity grid from total failure. Eskom said it had begun scaling down maintenance to prepare for winter, but in the face of a rising demand, particularly during peak hours, it appealed to the public to reduce power consumption by at least 10%. If the power demand does not decline, then, the company said, load shedding would be the last resort to avoid a total power shutdown.

With Africa’s population expected to double to approximately 1.9 billion people by 2050, the World Bank said that a much higher investment would be needed to at least double Africa’s current levels of energy access by 2030. In fact, it is estimated that the sub-Saharan region would require more than $300-billion in investments to achieve total electrification by 2030.

Boosting energy

As a response to this pressing need, countries in the region are mapping out strategies to supply more energy through alternative solutions. In the DRC, for instance, the Grand Inga hydroelectric project, expected to boost the country’s power supply by 44 000 MW, is said to be gaining traction, while in Zimbabwe upgrades to the Kariba South hydropower and the Hwange thermal coal plants, forecast to add about 300 MW and 600 MW, respectively, are reportedly in the pipeline. South Africa is also reported to be cooking up the building of two new coal-fired power stations at Kusile and Medupi, expected to individually add approximately 4 800 MW of capacity.

The afore-mentioned initiatives are a testament to the tremendous attention that these countries are paying to their respective power generation challenges. Governments and private entities alike have been putting years’ worth of research and investigation, and billions worth of investment, to draw up the myriad adverse economic and social effects of electricity supply deficiency. A crucial element in the equation, however, is time, and in a world governed by more stringent business practices, faster turnarounds and heightened interdependency, the essence of time transcends chronos. Today, time may mean the difference between profit and loss, between political unrest and stability, and between economic growth and uncertainty.

The price of power: Focus on Southern Africa

Southern Africa was observed to have absorbed the blow of the power crisis in recent years. Blackouts brought cities to a standstill and spelt terminal financial losses to small- and medium-size companies. One of the region’s flagship industries, mining, was also unfavorably affected, prompting mining companies to halt expansion plans and repress local power usage. When Eskom deemed to cut down its electricity export to support its power demand at home, the electricity supply in Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland, countries that import power from South Africa, was severely affected.

The foregoing, however, was not unexpected. In 1998, the government of South Africa apparently acknowledged the necessity of investing in electricity infrastructure amidst the threat of a power crisis looming large. It deemed, therefore, to privatise Eskom to inject new capital, thus encouraging a ramp up on its efficiency. The finalisation of any agreement, however, was reported to have taken longer than expected, and by 2008, the utility found itself unable to support the then-existing power demand.

Other governments in the region were said to have admitted to underestimating the trajectory of power requirements. In 2008, Botswana Power Corporation said that the energy forecast was skewed by the proliferation of new mines, which meant a steep spike in power demand, not only in Botswana, but also in other countries, such as Zambia.

At present, solutions are underway – but they, naturally, will not come cheap. Economic reports indicated that, at the prevailing growth rate of the demand from industries and residents, the region would have to double its power generating capacity by 2025, at an approximate cost of $171-billion in South Africa alone. Of that amount, $45-billion would supposedly have been needed before 2013.

In order to sustain this projection, the governments have identified potential sources of funds, such as approved power rate hikes and foreign investment. Yet, power hikes could stir alarm and protest from the citizens and trade unions, and could prompt industrial entities, like mining corporations, to cut down on operations, putting jobs and production at risk. Foreign investment agreements, on the other hand, could take time to materialise, and the planning, designing, installation and commissioning of alternative power generation projects may entail years, if not decades.

Bridging the power gap now

Unstable electricity production and regular power interruptions bring about a multitude of negative impacts to any country’s economy, business and citizens. In today’s world, power has become a fundamental element for any economy to function, as every sector of the modern society, be it domestic, commercial or industrial, is heavily dependent on electricity. Nowadays, a power interruption affecting critical facilities, such as hospitals, airports, telecommunications towers, data centers, mining facilities and oil & gas installations, has the potential to put an entire country, region or city to a standstill, and in light of globalisation, the consequences could transcend national or regional borders.

Hiring interim power generation plants to bridge the gap between the demand and the supply of electricity yields many advantages, particularly when there is a foreseeable delay in the fruition of permanent power generation facilities or when the temporary power is immediately needed. It was clear in the above-mentioned examples that countries in sub-Saharan Africa are looking to mitigate the observed deficiency in power supply by upgrading existing facilities, soliciting foreign investment to build new power plants and harnessing the potential of alternative sources of energy, including geothermal, solar, hydro and nuclear. While the aforementioned initiatives have recognised and acknowledged merits and potential, they may require further research, planning, designing and legislation, and additional physical facilities to be operational; and this takes time.

When time is of essence, rental power companies, like Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, are capable of providing solutions as needed, when needed. Utility companies in the region, can hire temporary power plants in times when demand outpaces the supply, when the electrical grid is unstable or when power distribution networks are unavailable, like in the rural areas. This will allow them to bridge the supply deficit without waiting for another day. Hiring power generators can prove to be a viable solution to power supply inefficiency, bridging the power gap while the permanent power solution is still in progress.

Powering the way to the future

The world welcomes the positive outlook of Africa’s economy. The continent that was once regarded as a tailender in terms of development, is now making an aggressive move towards economic stability and viability. While achieving a buoyant economic climate is a feat in itself, the real challenge lies in staying afloat. To sustain the economic optimism that Africa is now enjoying, it is imperative that the governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, address the critical issue of chronic power shortage, which could hamper the development of various industries in the countries. The effort that the region’s governments are applying to address this predicament is commendable, but there exist other entities which can help them to further alleviate the situation. Rented power addresses the issues of urgency, cost-efficiency, reliability, energy-efficiency and environmental safety. In recognition of the indispensable role of electricity in today’s modern society, it is advisable that utility companies provide for a contingent power solution in cases of power interruption that may lead to operational delays and, ultimately, negative social, economic and financial consequences.

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* The foregoing article was published in the June 2014 issue of Energize (EE Publishers, South Africa). To read more: http://bit.ly/1pTKEgj *

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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.

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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; and hospitality.

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Altaaqa Global ouvre un bureau en Afrique austral

Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, fournisseur mondial basé à Dubaï de solutions d’alimentation électrique temporaire, vient d’ouvrir une succursale à Johannesburg en vue de prendre en charge plusieurs pays d’Afrique australe, notamment : l’Afrique du Sud, l’Angola, le Botswana, le Mozambique, Madagascar, le Malawi, la Namibie, la Zambie et le Zimbabwe.

 

Le nouveau bureau de Johannesburg servira de base centrale aux activités de ventes et d'exploitation d'Altaaqa Global dans la région de l'Afrique australe

Le nouveau bureau de Johannesburg servira de base centrale aux activités de ventes et d’exploitation d’Altaaqa Global dans la région de l’Afrique australe

 

Altaaqa Global apportera son expertise, ses technologies innovantes, sa fiabilité éprouvée pour assurer un déploiement rapide dans une région renommée pour ses secteurs en plein essor du gaz et du pétrole, de la production industrielle et de l’extraction de minéraux et de charbon. Peter den Boogert, directeur général d’Altaaqa Global, a annoncé qu’Altaaqa Global fournira à l’Afrique australe les systèmes les plus avancés de centrales électriques, de groupes électrogènes à surveillance à distance économes en carburant, fonctionnant au gaz, au diesel ou aux deux : « Altaaqa Global et sa société sœur en Arabie saoudite détiennent à elles deux un parc total de centrales électriques de location d’une capacité de production de 1400 MW, prêtes à desservir la région de l’Afrique australe.

« L’une des nombreuses innovations phares d’Altaaqa Global, » a-t-il ajouté, « est le mode opérationnel souple que nous employons, qui peut passer du mode îlot au mode réseau électrique en l’espace de quelques secondes. D’autre part, le système dynamique d’énergie de location d’Altaaqa Global permet de connecter ses centrales électriques directement au réseau sans avoir besoin de passer par l’intermédiaire d’un poste.

Les perspectives mondiales pour le secteur de la location sont très prometteuses, et Steven Meyrick, représentant de la direction d’Altaaqa Global, envisage des débouchés en capitalisant sur ce marché stratégique et en prévoyant son expansion géographique. « Avec l’ouverture de ce bureau, nous pensons que nous sommes sur la bonne voie pour atteindre, et peut-être même dépasser, les objectifs hautement ambitieux que nous nous sommes fixés lorsque nous avons lancé notre société en 2012. » M. Meyrick a ajouté qu’Altaaqa Global continuera à s’intéresser à des projets de centrales électriques indépendantes (CEI) de plusieurs mégawatts dans divers secteurs, tout en investissant lourdement dans les ressources humaines, l’optimisation des processus et des affaires, et l’expansion des produits.

En accord avec ses programmes de responsabilité sociale qui visent à atténuer les problèmes sociaux de son environnement immédiat, Altaaqa Global va également continuer à créer des emplois, à élargir l’assistance immédiate offerte aux enfants scolarisés et à mener des campagnes de sensibilisation à la conservation de l’énergie et au leadership environnemental en Afrique australe. « L’un des piliers de notre modèle d’entreprise durable, » a continué M. Meyrick, « consiste à employer et à former des professionnels sur place dans nos domaines d’exploitation. Nous sommes par conséquent très heureux de pouvoir étendre notre modèle à l’Afrique australe.»

« Les perspectives économiques de l’Afrique australe sont prometteuses dans les secteurs de l’énergie, de l’ingénierie, de la production, du pétrole et du gaz, et de l’extraction minière, » a expliqué Majid Zahid, directeur des comptes stratégiques d’Altaaqa Global. « Nous sommes donc très heureux d’ouvrir ce nouveau bureau en Afrique pour fournir notre large gamme de centrales électriques temporaires hautement novatrices. Nous sommes déterminés à être présents dans des secteurs variés, tels que ceux du pétrole et du gaz, de la pétrochimie, de l’extraction minière, des infrastructures électriques, de la production industrielle et du secteur maritime. »

Altaaqa Global a déjà commencé à affirmer sa présence sur le marché africain, avec l’ouverture de succursales dans plusieurs endroits clés aux quatre coins du continent. « Nous avons également ouvert un bureau en Afrique de l’Est récemment, » a expliqué M. den Boogert, « et nous avons nommé une équipe de direction extrêmement compétente pour diriger nos opérations en Afrique. » Il a poursuivi en annonçant que Hendrick Mtemeri, vétéran de la distribution électrique fort de plus de 20 années d’expérience dans le secteur des services publics d’électricité, a été nommé directeur régional de toute la région de l’Afrique subsaharienne, tandis que Paul Heyns, expert en équipements électriques basé à Pretoria a été nommé directeur commercial pour l’Afrique australe, et Oduor Omolo, professionnel de la production d’électricité basé à Nairobi, directeur commercial pour l’Afrique de l’Est. « Sous leur direction, nous allons renforcer notre présence en Afrique et nous assurer que nous restons proches de nos clients, » en a conclu M. den Boogert.

L’économie de l’Afrique australe repose en grande partie sur les secteurs des pierres précieuses, des minéraux et du charbon. L’Afrique du Sud, économie dominante dans la région de l’Afrique australe, est classée parmi les économies à revenu intermédiaire (tranche supérieure) par la Banque mondiale et est présentée comme étant la plus grande économie de l’Afrique, devant le Nigéria. Bien que l’Afrique du Sud soit encore ébranlée par les conséquences de ses récents revers économiques, les Perspectives économiques africaines prévoient pour 2014 une reprise modérée de l’activité. En attendant, après une période de croissance lente due aux récentes crises pétrolières et financières, l’économie de l’Angola devrait être sur la voie de la reprise et on s’attend dans ce pays à une croissance de 7,8 % en 2014. D’autre part, l’économie du Mozambique devrait maintenir sa tendance à la hausse, avec une croissance prévue de 8 % en 2014. Les secteurs de l’agriculture, de l’industrie, du pétrole et du gaz, en plus de ceux des minéraux et de l’extraction de charbon, contribuent largement au PIB de ces pays ainsi qu’à leur taux d’emploi.

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À propos de 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 exploite des centrales électriques indépendantes (CEI) temporaires et efficaces sur les sites de ses clients, et se concentre sur les marchés émergents de l’Afrique subsaharienne, 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. Avec son offre de location d’équipements capables de fonctionner avec différents carburants (diesel, gaz naturel ou bicombustible), Altaaqa Global est bien positionnée pour fournir et déployer rapidement des solutions de centrales électriques temporaires afin de produire de l’électricité partout et à tout moment, selon les besoins de ses clients.

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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 ces secteurs on peut citer : l’exploitation minière, le pétrole et le gaz, l’agriculture, l’énergie, la production d’électricité, l’alimentation en eau, la manutention, les matériaux de construction, les transports et la logistique, le développement immobilier, les voyages et le tourisme, et l’hôtellerie.

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Altaaqa Global abre una oficina en el sur de África

Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, un proveedor global de soluciones energéticas temporales con sede en Dubái, abrió recientemente una nueva oficina en Johannesburgo que prestará servicio a varios países del sur de África, entre ellos: Sudáfrica, Angola, Botsuana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malaui, Namibia, Zambia y Zimbabue.

 

La nueva oficina de Johannesburgo servirá como centro para las operaciones y ventas de Altaaqa Global en la región del sur de África.

La nueva oficina de Johannesburgo servirá como centro para las operaciones y ventas de Altaaqa Global en la región del sur de África.

 

Altaaqa Global aportará experiencia, tecnologías innovadoras, confiabilidad comprobada en la industria y rápida implementación a la región, que es conocida por sus prósperas industrias de petróleo y gas, fabricación industrial y explotación de carbón y minerales. Peter den Boogert, gerente general de Altaaqa Global, anunció que la empresa implementará en el sur de África los sistemas empaquetados de planta energética más avanzados, monitoreo remoto y generadores de combustible dual, diésel o gas eficientes: “Altaaqa Global y su empresa hermana en Arabia Saudita cuentan con una suma total combinada de 1400 MW de generación de planta energética para alquiler disponibles para servir a la región del sur de África”.

Una de las principales innovaciones de Altaaqa Global, agregó, es el modo de funcionamiento flexible, que permite cambiar de modo de red a isla en apenas segundos. Además, el paquete de energía para alquiler dinámico de Altaaqa Global permite que sus plantas energéticas se conecten directamente a la red sin la necesidad de una subestación.

El panorama mundial para la industria de alquiler de energía es muy prometedor y Steven Meyrick, representante de la Junta Directiva de Altaaqa Global, prevé oportunidades para el futuro al capitalizar en esta industria mediante una expansión geográfica y un mercado estratégico. “Con este logro reciente, creemos que estamos en el camino de lograr, e incluso superar, los objetivos altamente ambiciosos que fijamos cuando empezamos la empresa en 2012”. Meyrick añadió que Altaaqa Global continuará buscando proyectos energéticos independientes (IPP) de varios megavatios en varias industrias, además de invertir intensamente en recursos humanos, optimización de negocios y procesos, y expansión de producto.

De acuerdo con sus programas de responsabilidad social empresarial que apuntan a alivianar los desafíos sociales del entorno, Altaaqa Global también continuará ofreciendo oportunidades laborales, brindando asistencia inmediata para los niños en edad escolar y llevando a cabo campañas educativas sobre la conservación de la energía y el liderazgo ambiental en el sur de África. Meyrick agregó: “Uno de los pilares de nuestro modelo de negocios sostenible consiste en emplear y capacitar a los profesionales locales en áreas en las cuales trabajamos, por lo que estamos muy entusiasmados con ampliar ese compromiso al sur de África”.

Majid Zahid, director de cuentas estratégicas de Altaaqa Global, dijo: “El sur de África muestra un panorama económico prometedor en los sectores de minería, petróleo y gas, producción, ingeniería y energía. Por lo tanto, estamos felices de abrir nuestra nueva oficina en África para ofrecer nuestra amplia variedad de plantas energéticas interinas altamente innovadoras. Tenemos la determinación de prestar servicios en varios ámbitos, como las industrias de petróleo y gas, petroquímicos, minería, energía eléctrica y fabricación industrial y marítima”.

Altaaqa Global estuvo incursionando con firmeza en el mercado africano mediante la apertura de varias oficinas en sitios clave del continente. “También abrimos una oficina en el este de África recientemente —explicó den Boogert— y además designamos un equipo de administración sumamente competente para que supervise nuestras operaciones en África”. Luego, anunció que Hendrick Mtemeri, un veterano en la distribución de energía con más de 20 años de experiencia en la industria eléctrica, fue designado director regional para toda la región subsahariana, mientras que Paul Heyns, un experto en ingeniería de equipos eléctricos radicado en Pretoria, y Oduor Omolo, un profesional de la generación eléctrica radicado en Nairobi, fueron designados como gerentes de ventas para África subsahariana y África del este, respectivamente. “Bajo su liderazgo, reforzaremos nuestra presencia en África y garantizaremos la proximidad con nuestros clientes”, concluyó den Boogert.

La economía del sur de África está, en gran parte, impulsada por la industria de la minería de carbón, minerales y piedras preciosas. Sudáfrica, una economía líder al sur del continente, está clasificada como una economía de ingresos medios-altos por el Banco Mundial, y se la considera como la economía africana más importante, delante de Nigeria. Aunque Sudáfrica todavía sufre los efectos de la reciente depresión económica, la publicación African Economic Outlook espera una aceleración moderada de su economía en 2014. Al mismo tiempo, la economía de Angola, después de un lento crecimiento debido a la crisis financiera y petrolera reciente, también prevé una mejora, y se espera que crezca un 7,8 % en 2014. Además, se espera que la economía de Mozambique mantenga su tendencia ascendente con un crecimiento previsto del 8 % para 2014. La agricultura, la fabricación y la industria del petróleo y el gas, además de la minería de carbón y minerales, contribuyen en gran medida al PIB de estos países y a sus tasas de empleo.

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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 megavatios 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 del África subsahariana, Asia central, el subcontinente indio, Latinoamérica, Asia sudoriental, Oriente Medio y el norte de África. 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 esos sectores son los siguientes: 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; y hotelería.

http://www.zahid.com/

 

ATENCIÓN A LOS MEDIOS

Robert Bagatsing

Altaaqa Global

Tel.: +971 56 1749505

rbagatsing@altaaqaglobal.com

 

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