SWAKOPMUND: United Kingdom (UK)-based interim power solution provider Aggreko officially opened its doors at Walvis Bay on Thursday.
The service centre will be known as the Aggreko Namibia Energy Rental Office.
The opening of the office, situated in Walvis Bay’s industrial area, means power-generation and auxiliary equipment worth US.dollars 3 million (N.dollars 25 million) is now available to provide power backup to ships, mines, fishing factories and the construction industry, amongst others.
Speaking during the launch on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Willem Isaacks indicated that the Namibian Government has three pillars on which it aims to deliver to the Namibian public.
These include economic growth, job-creation and the reduction of the income gap amongst Namibians.
“To deliver these objectives as part of the national development dream is no small achievement and thus we were very excited to learn that Aggreko is joining us in helping to make Namibia a better place in terms of business, and also in terms of creating jobs which will impact people in a tangible manner,” Isaacks said.
Aggreko is involved in the rental of power and temperature control. It offers specialist energy solutions.
The company has worked with utilities around Africa, in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola and Mozambique.
Aggreko has also been involved in helping the mining, manufacturing and shipping industries throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) by supplying complete power and cooling solutions.
The company employs 4 500 employees world-wide and boasts a client base of approximately 43 000 customers.
The company’s Head of Local Business in South and Eastern Africa, Martin Foster, explained during the launch that Namibia is very attractive to foreign investors, adding that Walvis Bay was the logical point of entry for their facility.
“We needed to be closer to the client base and chose Walvis Bay due to the entry point at the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport), and for its infrastructure. It also holds all the target markets, such as the mining sector,” he said.
The entry of the company in the local market comes at a crucial time as the country is facing a power supply shortage, a situation which will continue to prevail for the next three to four years.
The next three years will remain critical to Namibia as the power supply deficit and associated challenges will continue to prevail until the commissioning of a new base-load power station by 2016.
The national demand for electricity has increased to 530 MW from 451 MW recorded in 2009, and by 2016, the demand is expected to be in the region of 750 MW.
Aggreko’s temporary power-generator rentals are designed to provide power during a critical process, such as equipment shutdown, or where emergency power will get a city or utility moving again.