Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Overcoming Power Transmission and Distribution Limitation: A Case for Distributed Power Generation

Sub-Saharan African economies have been exhibiting notable growth in the past years, on the back of a formidable performance from their industrial, manufacturing, services and technology sectors. This feat is nothing short of impressive, as sub-Saharan African economies are achieving these successes with much of its resources still left to be utilized, mainly owing to the deficiency in electricity in many of its areas.

At present, there are still approximately 600 million people in Africa that do not have access to electricity. From a global standpoint, almost 48% of the world’s population without access to electricity are in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, only seven countries – Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa – have electrification rates exceeding 50%. The rest of the region’s rate hover in the area of 20%.

In this light, increasing the region’s access to reliable electricity should be a priority and an urgent necessity to ensure that Africa maximizes its economic potential.

Hurdling challenges in delivering power

One of the salient power-related challenges that sub-Saharan African countries are facing is distributing power across its territories. Building the necessary infrastructure to efficiently deliver power across vast and remote areas is not only cost prohibitive, but may also take years to complete. Delays in the completion of essential power infrastructure, due to issues in funding, regulatory approval, construction or commissioning, result not only in tangible financial losses, but also in lost economic opportunities, owing to deferment of or interruption in commercial and/or industrial activities.


Such an adverse repercussion can potentially be avoided by turning to distributed power. There are instances when power generation capacity is sufficient, but distribution systems are constrained and unable to deliver the electric power to households, businesses and industrial areas. Distributed power systems, like temporary power plants, are the ideal solution to electricity distribution limitation.

Temporary power plants represent a readily available, flexible, scalable, reliable and cost-efficient solution to overcome power distribution limitation.

They can be transported from and to anywhere in the world, and can be installed and powered on in a matter of days, reducing turnaround time and immediately supplying power to residents, businesses and industries. They are able to fully function in virtually any site, including those where power infrastructure, like grids or substations, is outdated, constrained, damaged or absent.


They are flexible in power and voltage, and are scalable to match their power output to the precise power requirement of any site. For instance, power utilities can choose to put additional power modules to the existing temporary power plant in case the power demand increases at any point in time. This can be done without causing any interruption to the supply of electricity. Similarly, when power demand goes down, the temporary power plan can be scaled down.

Temporary power solutions also address challenges in terms of financing and operational affordability. Power utilities can turn to temporary power solutions without spending scarce resources on capital purchase. They can pay for the temporary power from their operating revenues, and can save on operating and maintenance expenses, owing to the fuel efficiency and reliability of temporary power plants.

When the need to boost power distribution has been fulfilled, power utilities can choose to simply end the contract, and the installed temporary power plants will be demobilized. There will be no permanent infrastructure or purchased equipment left idle or that should be regularly maintained, because the entire power solution package was simply hired.


While electricity generation has increased in most countries across sub-Saharan Africa, there still exist power distribution challenges that hamper the delivery of quality electricity to the general population. In many sub-Saharan African countries, efficient electricity distribution is generally limited to large cities and industrial areas, with the overall electrification rates remaining repressed. Distributed power technologies, like temporary power plants, can help bring power to the larger public. By resolving power distribution limitation, more people and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa will enjoy a reliable supply of electricity, which can potentially pave the way for the region’s sustainable economic development.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

This is a solution to Venezuela’s Electricity Crisis

Is Venezuela a victim of its own economic success?

The government has recently announced the shifting of Venezuela’s time by 30 minutes – an effort aimed at reducing the amount of electricity used for lighting. This is the latest of the drastic measures launched by the government to curb power consumption, which also included implementing load shedding for four hours a day across multiple states, enforcing leaves for public-sector employees for three days a week, closing of schools on Fridays, mandating malls and hotels to generate their own electricity for nine hours a day, and requiring heavy industries to cut electricity usage by 20% else they could face hefty fines.

Because of this scenario, there is tension between the government and the people. The people of Venezuela are calling for more than palliative solutions: They are clamoring for an urgent definitive resolution of the power crisis that has aggravated the country’s precarious economic situation. If the escalating tension is any indication, Venezuela will continue to reel from the effects of a deteriorating public security, social stability and economic viability, unless the severe power shortage is urgently redressed.

Electricity Minister Luis Motta looks at the massive Guri Dam, virtually dry because of the drought.
Courtesy Reuters.


How did things get so bad?

Venezuela heavily relies on hydroelectric power from the Guri Dam, which, according to estimates, provides more than 60% of the country’s electricity. While hydropower is usually a clean and reliable source of electricity, a prolonged drought or a persistent absence of rain can cause water levels in reservoirs to fall below what is necessary to spin the turbines in dams. This is what is happening to Venezuela in the face of the El Niño weather phenomenon. Reuters reported that in early April 2016, the water level at the Guri Dam is already at its historic low of 797 feet.

Countries that rely on hydroelectricity need a sufficient back-up power infrastructure that will support the supply of electricity when the water in reservoirs run dry. Unfortunately, Venezuela does not have one that can respond to its present electricity requirement. But, that is not to say that the country did not invest in its electrical infrastructure. In fact, according to Victor Silverman, historian at the Pomona College, in an interview published by www.wired.com, Venezuela invested around USD 10 billion in electrical generation under the presidency of Hugo Chavez. The problem, however, is that electricity consumption fast outstripped the available supply.

Courtesy Energy Information Administration

During the presidency of Chavez, Venezuela saw a notable decline in poverty, as the World Bank reports that the country decreased its poverty rate from 50% in 1998 to 30% in 2013. This meant that a great number of Venezuelans enjoyed an improvement in their standard of living, and an increased availability of money, which allowed them to purchase items that consume electricity, like TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and blow dryers, among others.

During that time, Venezuela, which has one of the world’s largest oil reserves, was also reaping the economic advantages of high oil prices. Wired reports that the country channeled the revenue from oil exports into social programs that improved the quality of life of its citizens. Not only did the government made healthcare and food more affordable, it subsidized fuel and electricity, and froze power rates. This prompted Venezuelans to consume electricity at a higher rate compared to other countries in Latin America.

Numbers from the US Energy Information Administration supports this: Between 2003 and 2012, Venezuela’s electricity consumption increased by 49%, largely owing to the economic and social improvement under the presidency of Chavez. However, installed capacity expanded by only 28%. This wide disparity took a toll on the country’s power grid.

The drought of 2009-2010 caused the water level at the Guri Dam to nosedive. According to www.vox.com, what ensued was a power shortage that forced to government to implement rolling blackouts, forced holidays and fines for heavy electricity users, like businesses, factories and mines. In the months after, added Vox, the government spent USD 1.5 billion to procure and install back-up generators throughout the country. But, owing to a lack of maintenance, the supplemental generators were not properly utilized, leaving the country’s transmission lines overburdened and unable to handle major electricity fluctuations.

Analysts say that the electricity crisis in Venezuela was never genuinely resolved from that point on. Further blackouts hit the country from 2012 to the present, and the people of Venezuela are losing hope of ever seeing an end in sight.

How can the power crisis be resolved?

Quoting energy experts, to provide a long-term resolution to Venezuela’s power crisis, the country needs to upgrade its existing dams, install reliable sources of back-up power plants in times of drought and prolonged low-rain seasons, and refurbish its transmission and distribution grid. This can be achieved through a well-executed investment plan, which requires a sizeable amount of financial resources and a competent oversight.

Unfortunately for Venezuela, the country’s economy has been severely hit by the collapse in oil prices over the past few years.  The days of buoyant revenues from oil exports have sailed, and now the government finds itself cash-strapped and deeper into debt. The country is now struggling with food shortages, and scarcity of basic goods and medicines, and with the prevailing power crisis, analysts predict that the country’s economy will deteriorate even further.

What Venezuela needs are viable power solutions that will provide reliable electricity to its industries and, consequently, spark a sustainable economic recovery. What Venezuela needs are affordable power solutions that will not require millions of dollars to buy, construct and maintain. What Venezuela needs are immediate power solutions than can be rapidly delivered and installed, and can supply consistent and reliable power within days and not years.

Multi-megawatt temporary power solutions can pave the way for a decisive resolution of the power crisis in Venezuela.  


In this time of economic recession and a devastating power crisis, Venezuela and its heavy industries will find considerable benefits in hiring the services of temporary power providers. By choosing temporary power plants, there will be no need for the Venezuelan government nor for industrial companies to spend scarce resources on capital expenditure, which is usually the case when procuring power equipment or building permanent power facilities. The government or the industrial companies can conveniently pay for the rented electricity from their operating revenues. As operations grow and the requirement for electricity increases, the government or the industrial companies can simply choose to add more power modules to the existing power plant, precluding the need to buy additional equipment or build other permanent facilities. Likewise, in case the power requirement decreases, the load of the temporary power plant can be proportionally adjusted.

The latest temporary power plants do not require heavy civil works, and can be connected to the grid regardless of its quality or age. There will be no need for extensive site preparation nor for the refurbishment of the transmission and distribution grid prior to operating temporary power plants. Owing to this, as soon as the generators and other equipment arrive on site, they can be installed, commissioned and powered on within days. In a matter of days, the country and its industries will be supplied with consistent and reliable electricity.

Temporary power providers offer a full range of service that includes the operation, maintenance and servicing of temporary power plants. The government or the industrial companies will be relieved of any responsibility in running or maintaining the power plants, thus can focus on their more essential functions. Temporary power providers have expert in-house engineers that will ensure that the power plants run at the optimal level at any given time.


As soon as the requirement for supplemental power passes, the government or the industrial companies can simply choose to end the contract with the temporary power provider. The entire temporary power plant will be demobilized, leaving no idle power equipment nor permanent power plants that will require constant maintenance.

There is a solution

Such a debilitating power shortage is not unique to Venezuela. Hydropower-dependent countries around the world are suffering from the same problem, and are struggling to find a viable solution. At times, governments and power utility providers are content with merely mitigating the effects of the power crisis, thinking that curative solutions will take enormous amounts of resources and years, sometimes even decades, before completion. There are sustainable answers to the world’s most pressing power problems, and one of them are temporary power solutions. Paradoxical as it may, turning to temporary power solutions can open doors to a long-term resolution of even the most severe of power challenges hounding our world today.

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Sources consulted:

“The roots of Venezuela’s appalling electricity crisis”, http://www.vox.com/2016/3/17/11254860/venezuela-electricity-crisis 

“Venezuela’s economic success fueled its electricity crisis”, http://www.wired.com/2016/04/venezuelas-economic-success-fueled-electricity-crisis/


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Monday, July 18, 2016

There Is an Immediate Solution to Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Challenges

Access to reliable electricity is essential to human development and to a country’s sustainable economic progress. Today, having electricity is vital in providing basic social services to people, conducting business and running industrial operations. Unfortunately, billions of people around the world still do not have access to reliable electricity, with a great number of them living in the rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

In its publication World Energy Outlook 2015, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reveals that there are approximately 634 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity, and that the average national electrification rate in the region only stands at 32%.


It also reports that although electrification efforts are underway in Sub-Saharan Africa, electrification in urban areas has widely outpaced that in rural areas since 2000. In fact, the latest figures show that the average urban electrification rate in Sub-Saharan Africa stands at 59%, while that of rural, in contrast, stands at only 17%.

By virtue of the above observations, IEA says that Sub-Saharan Africa has now become the “most electricity poor region” in terms of the total number of people and the share of its overall population.


In a separate release, the World Bank ascribes the region’s energy poverty to various factors, including low access and insufficient capacity, and poor reliability. It notes that the electrification rate in Sub-Saharan Africa is lesser than other low-income countries, and that the entire installed generation capacity in the region (excluding South Africa) is only 28 GW, comparable to that of Argentina.

It further observes that due to poor reliability of the region’s existing power infrastructure, Sub-Saharan Africa's residents and industries experience power outages equivalent to 56 days per year. As a result, it adds, businesses and industries lose anywhere between 6% and 20% of sales revenues.

It, then, sounds a warning that the shortcomings in the region’s power sector are a real threat to Sub-Saharan Africa’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness.


Electrification Efforts are underway

Today, driving the growth of Africa’s energy sector takes the spotlight at various industry conferences and engagement events all around the world, such as the 2016 Africa Energy Forum, which transpired in late July. These gatherings provide a venue for a notable number of industry stakeholders, including government officials and head of relevant ministries, regulatory authorities, power providers like Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power, financial institutions and investors, to talk about salient energy issues and cast a forward-looking gaze at opportunities for the betterment of the sector.

Significantly, key industry stakeholders are now undertaking myriad power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the objective of increasing the region’s overall access to reliable electricity, enhancing the effectiveness and governance of state-owned utilities, and rehabilitating ageing and dilapidated power infrastructure, among others. 

While the above-mentioned initiatives aim to promote long-term development within Sub-Saharan Africa’s power sector, they may, in reality, take several years to come to fruition. 


Without denying the merits of the ongoing efforts, we observe that what Sub-Saharan Africa needs are reliable power solutions that can be immediately deployed, delivered, installed and operated. In the face of the region’s suppressed electrification rate and issues of intermittency and unreliability among its existing power infrastructure, what it needs are power solutions that can guarantee a continuous and reliable supply of electricity anytime and anywhere it is needed. 

Multi-megawatt temporary power solutions can open doors to a definitive resolution of Sub-Saharan Africa’s power challenges. 

There is a solution: Temporary Power Technologies

Temporary power plants represent an immediate, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient solution to the region’s power concerns.
 
The installation of temporary power plants does not call for extensive site preparation nor for the refurbishment of transmission and distribution grids. As soon as the generators and other power equipment arrive on site, they can be immediately installed, commissioned and powered on within days. In a matter of days, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will be supplied with a consistent and reliable electricity supply.

The governments, power utility providers, nor industries and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa will not need to spend scarce financial resources on capital expenditure, which is usually the case when procuring large-scale power equipment of building permanent power facilities. The governments and other industry stakeholders can conveniently pay for the rented electricity from their operating revenues. As industry activities grow and the requirement for electricity increases, they can simply choose to add more power modules to the temporary power plant, precluding the need to buy additional equipment or build other permanent facilities. By the same token, in case the power requirement decreases, the load of the temporary power plant can be proportionally adjusted.

Temporary power providers offer a full range of services, including operating and maintaining the power plants. Temporary power providers have well-trained, expert engineers that will ensure that the power plants run at the optimal level all the time.


As the region eases through its power challenges, and as soon as the long-term power sector development plans are gradually rolled out, the governments or the power utilities can simply choose to end the temporary power contract. The entire temporary power plant will be demobilized, leaving no idle power equipment nor permanent power plants running on part-load and requiring constant maintenance, servicing and upgrades. 

Sub-Saharan Africa Needs Electricity to Progress 

Modern and industrializing economies, such as the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, need an efficient and reliable supply of electricity to sustain their social and economic activities that will fuel their further growth. Temporary power solutions can immediately provide them with the much needed boost in power supply, making inroads into a sustainable and viable social and economic progress.

Spotlight on Africa’s power sector at the AEF 2016

The development of Africa’s power sector was in focus at the 2016 Africa Energy Forum (AEF 2016), in late June in London, UK. Altaaqa Global is proud to have taken an active role in the event, which had thrown the spotlight on the latest innovations that drive the growth of Africa’s energy sector, including temporary power technologies. Altaaqa Global had the opportunity to talk to various industry stakeholders about its multi-megawatt rental power plants, and how it can help African countries gain access to reliable electricity. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Altaaqa Global Donates AED 2M to Khalifa Foundation

Altaaqa Global has recently donated AED 2,000,000 (USD 544,551) to The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (Khalifa Foundation) to support the latter's humanitarian initiatives in Yemen.

Mohammed Haji Khouri, Director General of the Khalifa Foundation, received the cheque from Peter den Boogert, CEO of Altaaqa Global, at the foundation's Abu Dhabi offices.

Courtesy Al Etihad Newspaper
This donation is line with Altaaqa Global's commitment towards promoting economic and social progress in various areas around the world. An integral component of this commitment is supporting public welfare institutions, like the Khalifa Foundation, which has a significant and ongoing humanitarian presence in Yemen.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Temporary Power Can Put Ghana’s Economy Back on Track

A tipping point is a critical moment in a situation, process or system beyond which a significant effect or change takes place. It is the point at which a particular idea, product or event crosses a verge and gains notable momentum. As Malcolm Gladwell, author of book The Tipping Point sums it, it is the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.

For Ghana, it was 2011 – when oil began flowing, and when the country’s economic growth zoomed above 14%. In the previous years, Ghana had already been showing impressive GDP growth numbers, as reported by the International Monetary Fund, chalking up an estimated eight per cent in 2008, five per cent in 2009, and seven per cent in 2010. But, it was in 2011 that the country reached the proverbial tipping point, making it one of Africa’s leading economic success stories.

The notable economic growth resulted in a significant improvement in the lives of Ghanaians. The country saw the emergence of a new middle class, which demanded a staggering amount of energy to power its lifestyle. Unfortunately, the Ghanaians’ requirement for electricity could not be fulfilled by the available power supply. This was admitted by then Ghana’s Power Minister Kwabena Donkor, when he said in an interview that Ghana’s power supply had not caught up with the surge in power demand prompted by the country’s exponential growth.

The shortage of electricity is threatening to rein in the economic momentum that Ghana had gained in recent years. In 2015, economic reports showed that Ghana’s growth forecast was down to 3.9 per cent, in the face of higher public spending and suppressed commodity prices. The power demand in the country, however, remained high, and this fact could pose a serious hindrance to further growth.

A solution to Ghana’s power challenges 

Ghana is no stranger to bouts with power insufficiency. Yet, the current power crisis has a particularly pronounced impact because of the heightened reliance on electrical power on the part of Ghana’s modern and developing economy. In fact, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) calls Ghana’s power crisis “the single-most important risk” to helping Ghana put its economy back on the strong path to growth.

To avoid further economic complications of Ghana’s power crisis, the country urgently needs a power solution that can be immediately delivered, installed and operated. In the face of issues of intermittency and unreliability among Ghana’s traditional power sources, the country needs a power solution that can guarantee a continuous and reliable supply of electricity anytime and anywhere it is needed.

Multi-megawatt temporary power solutions can open doors to a definitive resolution of Ghana’s power crisis.


The installation of temporary power plants does not call for extensive site preparation nor for the refurbishment of transmission and distribution grids. As soon as the generators and other power equipment arrive on site, they can be immediately installed, commissioned and powered on within days. In a matter of days, Ghana will be supplied with a consistent and reliable electricity supply.

Ghana’s government, power utility providers, nor industries and businesses need not spend scarce financial resources on capital expenditure, which is usually the case when procuring large-scale power equipment of building permanent power facilities. The government and other industry stakeholders can conveniently pay for the rented electricity from their operating revenues. As industry activities grow and the requirement for electricity increases, they can simply choose to add more power modules to the temporary power plant, precluding the need to buy additional equipment or build other permanent facilities. By the same token, in case the power requirement decreases, the load of the temporary power plant can be proportionally adjusted.

Temporary power providers offer a full range of services, including operating and maintaining the power plants. Temporary power providers have well-trained, expert engineers that will ensure that the power plants run at the optimal level all the time.

As Ghana’s eases through its power challenges, and as soon as the requirement for supplemental electricity passes, the government or the power utilities can simply choose to end the temporary power contract. The entire temporary power plant will be demobilized, leaving no idle power equipment nor permanent power plants running on part-load and requiring constant maintenance, servicing and upgrades.

Path to strong growth

Ghana is one of Africa’s biggest success stories. The country’s economic growth in recent years has been nothing short of astounding. Modern and industrializing economies, such as that of Ghana, need an efficient and reliable supply of electricity to sustain their activities and take off. Temporary power solutions can provide Ghana with the much needed boost in power supply, making inroads into a sustainable and viable economic recovery.

Spotlight on Africa’s power sector at the AEF 2016

The development of Africa’s power sector was in focus at the 2016 Africa Energy Forum (AEF 2016), in late June in London, UK. Altaaqa Global is proud to have taken an active role in the event, which had thrown the spotlight on the latest innovations that drive the growth of Africa’s energy sector, including temporary power technologies. Altaaqa Global had the opportunity to talk to various industry stakeholders about its multi-megawatt rental power plants, and how it can help African countries gain access to reliable electricity.

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Altaaqa Global is Hiring!

Altaaqa Global, a leading global provider of temporary power solutions, is currently hiring for the following positions: 



Business Development Director – Sub-Saharan Africa
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer

The Business Development Director is responsible for growing the companies revenue and profits in Africa through Interim IPP (International Power Projects) opportunities at margins and returns agreed within our strategy and group procedures & policies. He/she should ideally have a track record of successfully identifying, negotiating and executing complex deals, preferably in Africa. Experience and knowledge in conducting business in African countries, and knowledge of power generation is desirable.

Interested parties may submit their CVs to career@altaaqaglobal.com.

Please include the code SSBD in the subject of your e-mail.



Sales Engineer for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reporting to Regional Business Development Director

The Sales Engineer for MENA is responsible for directly selling the company´s products or services to customers. He/she should develop new accounts and/or expand existing ones within an established geographic territory, industry, product segment or international project. He/she should work on complex issues where analysis of situations, market intelligence or data require an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. He/she should be responsible for timely follow up of all request for quotations either by tenders or by customers’ request. 

Interested parties may submit their CVs to career@altaaqaglobal.com.

Please include the code SMSA in the subject of your e-mail.



Sales Manager for Southern Africa
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa
Reporting to the Business Development Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sales Manager for Southern Africa is responsible for directly selling the company´s products or services to customers. He/she should develop new accounts and/or expand existing ones within an established geographic territory, industry, product segment or international project. He/she should work on complex issues where analysis of situations, market intelligence or data require an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. He/she should be responsible for timely follow up of all request for quotations either by tenders or by customers’ request. 

Interested parties may submit their CVs to career@altaaqaglobal.com.

Please include the code SMWA in the subject of your e-mail.



Sales Manager for West Africa
Based in Accra, Ghana
Reporting to the Business Development Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sales Manager for West Africa is responsible for directly selling the company´s products or services to customers. He/she should develop new accounts and/or expand existing ones within an established geographic territory, industry, product segment or international project. He/she should work on complex issues where analysis of situations, market intelligence or data require an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. He/she should be responsible for timely follow up of all request for quotations either by tenders or by customers’ request. 

Interested parties may submit their CVs to career@altaaqaglobal.com.

Please include the code SMMENA in the subject of your e-mail.


Best of luck!




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Altaaqa Global and Caterpillar Team Up to Power Cameroon and Empower Locals through Customer Development Program

The program through Caterpillar University helps solve Cameroon’s energy challenge while facilitating the transfer of engineering and advanced technical knowledge to local professionals at state-of-the-art 50 MW project

DUBAI – Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, a leading global temporary power solutions provider, and Caterpillar Inc. have developed a solution to one of Cameroon’s biggest challenges: reliable energy access. This solution is not only about transferring power but also knowledge and prosperity across the African country.

In 2015, Altaaqa Global installed a 50 MW natural gas power plant in Cameroon’s most populous city, Douala, as an immediate solution to the city’s chronic electricity shortage. The power plant added reliable power to Cameroon’s grid, and provided its people and industries with a new, reliable source of electricity.

Just as important as the power was ensuring a local team of highly trained professionals was able to oversee the operation of the power plant. Altaaqa deployed Caterpillar University, Caterpillar’s proprietary training platform, to launch a Customer Development Program. The pilot program, which will continuously run for one year, is offered to a team of select local engineers and technical professionals from Altaaqa Global’s client Eneo, Cameroon’s integrated utility provider.


The Customer Development Program

One of the key pillars of Altaaqa Global's sustainable business model is extending employment and learning opportunities to local communities where it has projects, with the aim of enhancing their skills and transferring world-class industry knowledge to the local workforce.
To facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to Eneo’s team of local engineers and professionals, Altaaqa Global launched a tailored customer training program, in cooperation with Caterpillar University.

The program features three methods of instruction: classroom teaching, online instruction and on-the-job mentoring with Altaaqa Global’s Cat-certified in-house technicians. To encourage a better understanding of technical concepts taken up in the classroom, Altaaqa Global enrolled the Eneo engineers in Caterpillar University, which features expert-curated modules on service, safety and equipment operation.

For the purposes of the program, Altaaqa Global’s training engineers designed a learning plan that included carefully selected modules available on Caterpillar University. Considering their relevance to the participants’ tasks at site and to the engines installed for the project, the trainers hand-picked specialized courses on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and Engineering Service.

At the end of the year-long program, subject to the completion of all necessary on-line modules and a satisfactory performance in the final evaluation, the participants will be awarded a Level 1 Preventive Maintenance (PM) Technician certificate, and will thus be eligible to progress to second-level training. Altaaqa Global will conduct the program on a continuous basis, such that the training will be offered to every new team of engineers and technical professionals from Eneo.

Commenting on the motivation behind the training program, Peter den Boogert, CEO of Altaaqa Global, said: “In all of our projects, we provide more than electricity; we offer training and employment opportunities to locals. In fact, 95% of our site employees in our projects around the world is composed of locals.”

A commitment to sustainable progress

The training program is in accordance with Caterpillar’s sustainability strategy, which aims, among others, to promote economic and social development in areas where it operates. The company believes that an effective way to encourage sustainable social and economic progress is to educate local professionals on globally recognized industry best practices.

Against this backdrop, Kim Hauer, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Human Services Division and Chief Human Resources Officer said: “At Caterpillar, we believe in empowerment through education and transfer of knowledge. So, we work together with our global dealers, like Altaaqa Global, to provide tailored customer training solutions. Such initiatives have been proven to enhance customer efficiency, global competitiveness and help deliver sustainable progress around the world.”

Commending Altaaqa Global’s customer development initiatives, Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., said: “Altaaqa Global’s successful customer development program is a testament to the company’s commitment to support and improve the communities it serves. Altaaqa Global provides solutions that power and light the world.”

Mr. Fahad Y Zahid, Chairman of Altaaqa Global and Executive Vice President of the Zahid Group, avowed the company’s continued dedication to its mission of inspiring progress and prosperity to people, businesses and communities. “Since its inception, Altaaqa Global has looked beyond profit. We have always aimed to play an active role in spurring growth and progress not only by providing a reliable supply of electricity, but also by transferring knowledge to locals. We hope that the Customer Development Program yields a globally competitive workforce that will drive the continuous growth of Cameroon.”

Altaaqa Global and Caterpillar have produced a documentary video on the program, showcasing the effectiveness and benefits of Caterpillar’s tailored customer training solutions to dealers and customers all over the world. The video was premiered at the 2016 Africa Energy Forum in London, UK in late June, and was seen by energy ministers and other energy stakeholders from around the world.

Watch the video, here: https://youtu.be/8M5qA1Pz7Ys

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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

About Caterpillar Inc.
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent.  Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.  With 2015 sales and revenues of $47.011 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.  The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

http://www.caterpillar.com

About Eneo Cameroon S.A.
Cameroon’s long-term electricity operator, Eneo (formerly AES-SONEL) is a semi-public company with 56% shares owned by Actis Group and 44% by the State of Cameroon. Eneo has an installed generation capacity of 968 MW. Its transport network connects 24 substations and includes 1,944.29 km of high voltage lines, 15,081.48 km of medium voltage lines and 15,209.25 km of low voltage lines. Its distribution network consists of 11,450 km of lines of 5.5 to 33 KV and 11,158 km of lines of 220-380 kV. Eneo has more than 973,250 customers, of which approximately 45% live in the cities of Douala and Yaoundé. Eneo employs 3,698 permanent staff.

http://www.eneocameroon.cm


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شركة الطاقة جلوبال وكاتربيلر تتعاونان من أجل توفير الطاقة في الكاميرون وتمكين السكان المحليين من خلال برنامج تنمية العملاء

شركة الطاقة جلوبال وكاتربيلر تتعاونان من أجل توفير الطاقة في الكاميرون وتمكين السكان المحليين من خلال برنامج تنمية العملاء

يساعد البرنامج المتاح من خلال جامعة كاتربيلر على حل تحديات الطاقة التي تواجهها الكاميرون مع تسهيل نقل المعارف فيما 
يتعلق بالهندسة والمعارف الفنية المتطورة إلى المحترفين المحليين في مشروع محطة طاقة حديثة للغاية بطاقة 50 ميجا وات.

دبي - قامت شركة الطاقة جلوبال كاتربيلر رينتال باور (Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power)، وهي شركة موفرة رائدة على الصعيد العالمي في مجال حلول الطاقة المؤقتة، وشركة كاتربيلر (.Caterpillar Inc) بتطوير حل للتغلب على واحد 
من أكبر التحديات التي تواجه الكاميرون: وهو الوصول إلى الطاقة بشكل يمكن الاعتماد عليه. ولا يتوقف هذا الحل عند مجرد 

نقل الطاقة، بل يمتد كي يشمل نقل المعارف والرفاهية في مختلف ربوع تلك الدولة الإفريقية. 
ففي عام 2015، قامت شركة الطاقة جلوبال بتركيب محطة طاقة تعمل بالغاز الطبيعي بقدرة 50 ميجاوات في مدينة دوالا، وهي المدينة الأكثر اكتظاظًا بالسكان في الكاميرون، كحل فوري لنقص الطاقة المزمن في تلك المدينة. وقد أضافت محطة الطاقة مصدرًا جديدًا يمكن الاعتماد عليه للطاقة في شبكة الكاميرون، ووفّر لشعب الكاميرون والشركات الموجودة في الدولة مصدرًا جديدًا يمكن الاعتماد عليه للطاقة الكهربائية.

وعلى نفس قدر أهمية توافر الطاقة، كان من الضروري التحقق من وجود فريق عمل محلي يضم محترفين مدربين على أعلى المستويات يمكنه الإشراف على تشغيل محطة الطاقة. وقد قامت شركة الطاقة باستخدام منصة جامعة كاتربيلر، وهي المنصة التدريبية المملوكة لشركة كاتربيلر، من أجل إطلاق برنامج لتنمية العملاء. ويتم إعطاء البرنامج التجريبي، والذي سوف يستمر لمدة عام واحد، لمجموعة من المهندسين المحليين المحددين والمحترفين الفنيين من عميل شركة الطاقة جلوبال إينيو (Eneo)، وهي الشركة التي توفر المرافق المتكاملة في الكاميرون. 


برنامج تنمية العملاء

يعد نشر فرص العمل والتعليم في المجتمعات المحلية التي تقيم بها مشروعاتها من الأعمدة الرئيسية للنموذج التجاري المستدام لشركة الطاقة جلوبال، والهدف من ذلك هو تحسين مهارات هؤلاء الموظفين ونقل المعارف ذات المستوى العالمي والمتعلقة بالمجال إلى قوة العمل المحلية.

ولتسهيل نقل المعارف والمهارات إلى فريق المهندسين والمحترفين بشركة إينيو، أطلقت شركة الطاقة جلوبال برنامجاً مخصصاً لتدريب العملاء بالتعاون مع جامعة كاتربيلر.

ويشتمل هذا البرنامج على ثلاثة أساليب للتعليم: التعليم في الفصول الدراسية، والتعليم عبر الإنترنت، والإرشاد العملي في أثناء العمل في الوظيفة مع الفنيين العاملين في شركة الطاقة جلوبال والمعتمدين من شركة كاتربيلر. ومن أجل التشجيع على فهم أفضل للمفاهيم الفنية التي يتم شرحها في الفصول الدراسية، أشركت شركة الطاقة جلوبال مهندسي إينيو في جامعة كاتربيلر، والتي توفر وحدات تعليمية تحت رعاية خبراء تدور حول الخدمات والسلامة وتشغيل المعدات.

ولأغراض ذلك البرنامج، قام مهندسو التدريب في شركة الطاقة جلوبال بتصميم خطة تعليم اشتملت على وحدات تم انتقاؤها بعناية من تلك المتاحة في جامعة كاتربيلر. وقد قام المدربون باختيار دورات تدريبية متخصصة بعناية شديدة، واضعين في اعتبارهم علاقة تلك الدورات بالمهام التي يقوم بها المشاركون في الموقع وعلاقتها بالمحركات التي يتم تركيبها في المشروع، حيث كانت هذه الدورات تدور حول خدمات البيئة والصحة والسلامة (EHS) بالإضافة إلى خدمات الهندسة.

وفي نهاية البرنامج الذي سيجري على مدار عام، وشريطة إتمام كل الوحدات الضرورية المتاحة عبر الإنترنت والوصول إلى مستوى أداء مرضِ في التقييم النهائي، يتم منح المشاركين شهادة فني من المستوى الأول في الصيانة الوقائية (PM)، وبالتالي، يكونوا مؤهلين للمشاركة في التدريب من المستوى الثاني. سوف تقوم شركة الطاقة جلوبال بتنفيذ البرنامج بشكل مستمر، بحيث يتم توفير التدريب لكل فريق جديد من المهندسين والمحترفين الفنيين في شركة إينيو.  

ومعلقًا على الحافز وراء البرنامج التدريبي، قال بيتر دين بوجيرت، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة الطاقة جلوبال: "في كل المشروعات التي تقوم بها الشركة، نقوم بتوفير ما هو أكثر من مجرد توفير الطاقة الكهربائية؛ فنحن نوفر فرص التدريب والتوظيف للسكان المحليين. وفي الواقع، فإن 95% من الموظفين العاملين في المواقع في المشروعات الخاصة بالشركة في مختلف أرجاء العالم تتكوّن من السكان المحليين لتلك المناطق."

التزام بالتطوير المستدام

إن البرنامج التدريبي متوافق مع استراتيجية الاستدامة الخاصة بشركة كاتربيلر، والتي تهدف إلى تعزيز التنمية الاقتصادية والاجتماعية في المناطق التي تعمل بها، بالإضافة إلى أهداف أخرى. وتؤمن الشركة بأن الطريقة الفعالة لتشجيع التطور الاجتماعي والاقتصادي المستدام تتمثل في تعليم الأخصائيين المحليين أفضل الممارسات المعترف بها في الصناعة عالميًا.
وعلى هذه الخلفية، قال كيم هاور، نائب رئيس شركة كاتربيلر والمسؤول عن قسم الخدمات البشرية والذي يترأس قسم الموارد البشرية بالشركة: "في شركة كاتربيلر، نحن نؤمن بالتمكين من خلال التعليم ونقل المعارف. لذا، فإننا نعمل مع الشركات العالمية التي نتعامل معها، مثل شركة الطاقة جلوبال، من أجل توفير حلول تدريب مخصصة للعملاء. وقد أثبتت تلك المبادرات أنها باستطاعتها تحسين فاعلية العملاء والتنافسية العالمية، بالإضافة إلى المساعدة على تحقيق التطور المستدام في مختلف أرجاء العالم."

وقد قال دوغ أوبرهلمان، المدير والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة كاتربيلر، ممتدحًا مبادرات تنمية العملاء الخاصة بشركة الطاقة جلوبال: "إن برنامج تنمية العملاء الناجح الذي توفره شركة الطاقة جلوبال يعد بمثابة شهادة على التزام الشركة تجاه دعم وتحسين المجتمعات التي تخدمها. إن شركة الطاقة جلوبال توفر حلولاً تساعد على تقوية وإنارة عقول العالم بالإضافة إلى توفير الطاقة والإضاءة له."

وقد تعهد السيد فهد الزاهد، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة الطاقة جلوبال ونائب الرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة الزاهد، باستمرار تفاني الشركة في مهمتها المتمثلة في الإلهام لتحقيق التطوير والرفاهية للشعوب والشركات والمجتمعات. "منذ أن تم تأسيس شركة الطاقة جلوبال، تنظر الشركة إلى ما هو أبعد من تحقيق الأرباح. فقد كنا نستهدف دائمًا أن نلعب دورًا فعالاً في دفع التنمية والتطور ليس فقط من خلال توفير إمدادات يمكن الاعتماد عليها من الطاقة الكهربائية، ولكن كذلك من خلال نقل المعارف إلى السكان المحليين. إننا نأمل أن يحقق برنامج تنمية العملاء قوة عمل تنافسية على أعلى المستويات العالمية تدفع النمو المستمر للكاميرون نحو الأمام."

وقد قامت شركة الطاقة جلوبال وشركة كاتربيلر بإنتاج فيلم وثائقي حول البرنامج، يظهر مدى فاعلية حلول تدريب العملاء المخصصة التي توفرها شركة كاتربيلر وامتيازات تلك الحلول للشركات والعملاء في مختلف أرجاء العالم. وقد تم عرض ذلك الفيلم للمرة الأولى في منتدى الطاقة الإفريقي لعام 2016 في لندن بالمملكة المتحدة في أواخر شهر يونيو، وقد شاهده وزراء الطاقة وغير ذلك من المساهمين في مجال الطاقة من مختلف أرجاء العالم.

شاهد الفيديو هنا: https://youtu.be/8M5qA1Pz7Ys


النهاية

نبذة عن شركة الطاقة جلوبال
تعد شركة الطاقة جلوبال أحد فروع مجموعة زاهد، وقد اختارتها شركة .Caterpillar Inc لتقديم الحلول الشاملة للطاقة المؤقتة متعددة الميجاوات حول العالم. الشركة تمتلك وتجهز وتنشئ وتشغل محطات الطاقة المستقلة والمؤقتة والفعالة (IPP's) بمواقع العملاء وتركز على الأسواق النامية في مناطق شبه الصحراء الإفريقية، وآسيا الوسطى، وشبه القارة الهندية، وأمريكا اللاتينية وجنوب شرق آسيا، والشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا. بتوفير 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 حيث كان لازمًا.

نبذة عن مجموعة زاهد
تمثل مجموعة زاهد تشكيلة متنوعة من الشركات وتعرض خدمات متكاملة وحلولاً تلبي متطلبات العملاء في العديد من القطاعات المزدهرة. ومن بين هذه القطاعات التي تقدم لها المجموعة خدماتها، قطاع البناء والتعدين، والنفط والغاز والزراعة وتوليد الطاقة والكهرباء والمياه ومعالجة المواد، ومواد البناء والنقل والمواد اللوجستية والتطوير العقاري والسياحة والسفر وإدارة المخلفات وإعادة التدوير والفنادق.

نبذة عن شركة كاتربيلر
على مدار 90 عامًا، استمرت شركة كاتربيلر في إتاحة إمكانية تحقيق التطور المستدام ودفع التغييرات الإيجابية في قارات العالم المختلفة.  ويلجأ العملاء إلى شركة كاتربيلر لمساعدتهم على تطوير البنية التحتية وأصول الطاقة والموارد الطبيعية.  ومع وصول مبيعات وإيرادات الشركة في عام 2015 إلى 47.011 مليار دولار، تعد شركة كاتربيلر إحدى من شركات التصنيع الرائدة على الصعيد العالمي في مجال معدات الإنشاءات والتعدين، ومحركات الديزل والغاز الطبيعي، وتوربينات الغاز الصناعية، بالإضافة إلى القاطرات التي تعمل بالديزل والكهرباء.  وتعمل الشركة بشكل رئيسي عبر قطاعات المنتجات الثلاثة بها - وهي صناعات الإنشاءات صناعات الموارد والطاقة والنقل، كما أنها توفر التمويل والخدمات ذات الصلة عبر قطاع المنتجات المالية بها. 

نبذة عن شركة إينيو الكاميرون إس.أيه.
الشركة المسؤولة عن توفير الطاقة الكهربائية منذ أمد بعيد في الكاميرون، وهي شركة إينيو (والتي كانت تعرف من قبل باسم إيه إي إس - سونيل) هي شركة شبه عامة، حيث تمتلك شركة أكتيس جروب نسبة 56% من أسهمها، بينما تمتلك دولة الكاميرون 44% من أسهمها. وتمتلك شركة إينيو قدرات توليد مثبتة تصل إلى 968 ميجاوات. وتربط شبكة النقل الخاصة بالشركة 24 محطة فرعية، وتشتمل على 1,944.29 كم من خطوط الطاقة عالية الجهد، و15,081.48 كم من الخطوط متوسطة الجهد، بالإضافة إلى 15,209.25 كم من الخطوط منخفضة الجهد. وتتكون شبكة التوزيع الخاصة بالشركة من 11,450 كم من الخطوط بقدرة 5.5 إلى 33 كيلوفولت، و11,158 كم من الخطوط بجهد 220-380 كيلوفولت. وتضم شركة إينيو ما يزيد عن 973,250 عميل، 45% منهم تقريبًا يعيشون في مدينتي دوالا وياوندي. يعمل لدى شركة إينيو 3,698 موظفًا دائمًا.


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Altaaqa Global y Caterpillar se unen para llevar energía a Camerún y facultar a la población local mediante el Programa de Desarrollo de Clientes

El programa, que se desarrolla mediante Caterpillar University, ayuda a solucionar el desafío de energía de Camerún y, al mismo tiempo, facilitar la transferencia de conocimientos técnicos avanzados y de ingeniería a profesionales locales con un proyecto de 50 MW de última tecnología.

DUBÁI. Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, un proveedor mundial de soluciones temporales de energía, y Caterpillar Inc. han desarrollado una solución para uno de los mayores desafíos de Camerún: el acceso a energía fiable. Esta solución busca no solo transferir energía, sino también conocimientos y prosperidad a través del continente africano.

En 2015, Altaaqa Global instaló una central eléctrica de gas natural de 50 MW en la ciudad más poblada de Camerún, Douala, como una solución inmediata a la falta de energía crónica de la ciudad. Esta central eléctrica aportó energía fiable a la red de Camerún y proporcionó una nueva fuente de electricidad fiable a la población y las industrias.

Tan importante como la energía fue garantizar que un equipo local de profesionales altamente capacitados pudiera supervisar el funcionamiento de la central eléctrica. Altaaqa implementó Caterpillar University, la plataforma de capacitación propiedad de Caterpillar, a fin de lanzar un Programa de Desarrollo de Clientes. El programa piloto, que durará un año, se ofrece a un equipo de selectos ingenieros y profesionales técnicos locales del cliente de Altaaqa Global, Eneo, el proveedor de servicios públicos integrados de Camerún.


El Programa de Desarrollo de Clientes

Uno de los pilares clave del modelo de negocios sostenible de Altaaqa Global es extender el empleo y las oportunidades de aprendizaje a las comunidades locales donde tiene sus proyectos, con el objetivo de mejorar sus habilidades y transferir conocimiento industrial de primera clase a la fuerza de trabajo local.

A fin de facilitar la transferencia de conocimientos y habilidades al equipo de ingenieros y profesionales locales de Eneo, Altaaqa Global lanzó un programa de capacitación de clientes personalizado, en cooperación con Caterpillar University.

El programa presenta tres métodos de instrucción: la enseñanza en aulas, la instrucción en línea y la tutoría en el trabajo con técnicos internos con certificación Cat de Altaaqa Global. Con el objetivo de fomentar un mejor entendimiento de los conceptos técnicos aprendidos en clase, Altaaqa Global inscribió a los ingenieros de Eneo en Caterpillar University, que incluye módulos curados por expertos sobre operaciones de servicio, seguridad y equipos.

A los fines del programa, los ingenieros de capacitación de Altaaqa Global diseñaron un plan de aprendizaje que incluyó módulos cuidadosamente seleccionados disponibles en Caterpillar University. Tomando en cuenta su importancia para las tareas de los participantes en el sitio y para los ingenieros del proyecto, los capacitadores seleccionaron a mano cursos especializados sobre servicios de ingeniería, ambientales, de salud y de seguridad.

Al término del programa de un año, y con la condición de que finalicen todos los módulos en línea necesarios y tengan un desempeño satisfactorio en la evaluación final, se otorgará a los participantes el certificado de Técnico de Mantenimiento Preventivo, Nivel 1, y, por lo tanto, reunirán los requisitos para avanzar a la capacitación de segundo nivel. Altaaqa Global llevará a cabo el programa de manera continua, lo que significa que la capacitación se ofrecerá a cada equipo nuevo de profesionales técnicos e ingenieros de Eneo.  

En referencia a la motivación detrás del programa de capacitación, Peter den Boogert, director general de Altaaqa Global, dijo: “En todos nuestros proyectos, proporcionamos más que electricidad; ofrecemos oportunidades de empleo y capacitación a la población local. De hecho, el 95 % de nuestros empleados de planta en nuestros proyectos en todo el mundo se conforma de habitantes locales”.

Compromiso con el progreso sostenible

El programa de capacitación está en consonancia con la estrategia de sustentabilidad de Caterpillar, que tiene como objetivo, entre otros, promover el desarrollo social y económico en las zonas donde opera. La empresa cree que una manera eficaz de fomentar el progreso social y económico sostenible es educar a los profesionales locales sobre las mejores prácticas mundialmente reconocidas del sector.

En este contexto, Kim Hauer, vicepresidente de Caterpillar con responsabilidad sobre la División de Servicios Humanos y jefe de la oficina de Recursos Humanos, afirmó: “En Caterpillar, creemos en el empoderamiento mediante la educación y la transferencia de conocimientos. Es por eso que trabajamos en conjunto con nuestros distribuidores globales, como Altaaqa Global, para ofrecer soluciones personalizadas de capacitación de clientes. Se ha comprobado que estas iniciativas mejoran la eficiencia del cliente y su competitividad global y ayudan a ofrecer un progreso sostenible en todo el mundo”.

Doug Oberhelman, presidente y director general de Caterpillar Inc., elogió las iniciativas de desarrollo de clientes Altaaqa Global al afirmar: “El exitoso programa de desarrollo de clientes de Altaaqa Global evidencia el compromiso de la empresa de apoyar y mejorar las comunidades en las que presta servicio. Altaaqa Global ofrece soluciones que alimentan e iluminan el mundo”.

Mr. Fahad Y Zahid, presidente de Altaaqa Global y vicepresidente ejecutivo de Zahid Group, reconoció la dedicación continua de la empresa a su misión de inspirar el progreso y la prosperidad en las personas, las empresas y las comunidades. “Desde sus inicios, Altaaqa Global ha mirado más allá de las ganancias. Siempre hemos aspirado a desempeñar un papel importante en estimular el crecimiento y el progreso, no solamente mediante el suministro una fuente fiable de energía, sino también mediante la transferencia de conocimientos a los habitantes locales. Esperamos que el Programa de Desarrollo de Clientes produzca una fuerza laboral competitiva en todo el mundo que impulse el crecimiento continuo de Camerún”.

Altaaqa Global y Caterpillar han producido un documental sobre el programa, que muestra la eficacia y los beneficios de las soluciones personalizadas de capacitación de clientes de Caterpillar para los distribuidores y los clientes en todo el mundo. El video se estrenó en el Foro de la Energía de África 2016 en Londres, Reino Unido, a fines de junio, y fue visto por ministros de energía y otros grupos de interés energéticos de todo el mundo.

Puede ver el video aquí: https://youtu.be/8M5qA1Pz7Ys

Fin

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 opera eficaces centrales eléctricas independientes y temporales en emplazamientos de clientes, y se enfoca en los mercados emergentes de 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 centrales eléctricas temporales que permiten suministrar electricidad en cualquier momento y lugar según sea necesario.

http://www.altaaqaglobal.com

Acerca de Zahid Group
Zahid Group representa una diversa gama de empresas, que ofrecen soluciones completas centradas en el cliente en varios sectores florecientes. Algunos de esos 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.

http://www.zahid.com

Acerca de Caterpillar Inc.
Durante 90 años, Caterpillar Inc. ha facilitado el progreso y ha impulsado cambios positivos y sostenibles en todos los continentes.  Los clientes acuden a Caterpillar para conseguir ayuda en el desarrollo de activos de infraestructura, energía y recursos naturales.  El 2015, con ventas e ingresos por un valor de $47 011 millones, Caterpillar es el mayor fabricante del mundo de equipos de construcción y minería, de motores diesel y gas natural, turbinas de gas industriales y locomotoras diésel-eléctricas.  La empresa opera principalmente mediante sus tres segmentos de productos (Resource Industries, Construction Industries y Energy & Transportation) y también proporciona financiamiento y servicios relacionados a través del segmento de Financial Products.

http://www.caterpillar.com

Acerca de Eneo Cameroon S. A.
Eneo (antes AES-SONEL), operador de electricidad a largo plazo de Camerún, es una empresa mixta: el 56 % de las acciones pertenece a Actis Group; y el 44 %, al Estado de Camerún. Eneo tiene una capacidad de generación instalada de 968 MW. Su red de transportes conecta 24 subestaciones e incluye 1.944,29 km de líneas de alta tensión; 15 081,48 km de líneas de media tensión y 15 209,25 km de líneas de baja tensión. La red de distribución consta de 11 450 km de líneas de 5,5 a 33 KV y 11 158 km de líneas de 220 a 380 kV. Eneo tiene más de 973 250 clientes, de los cuales aproximadamente el 45 % vive en las ciudades de Douala y Yaoundé. Eneo emplea a 3698 empleados permanentes.

http://www.eneocameroon.cm


ATENCIÓN A LOS MEDIOS
Altaaqa Global
Tel.: +971 56 1749505
rbagatsing@altaaqaglobal.com

Altaaqa Global et Caterpillar font équipe pour fournir de l’énergie au Cameroun et habiliter les locaux par l'intermédiaire d’un programme de développement des clients

Le programme, au travers de la « Caterpillar University », aide à relever le défi énergétique du Cameroun tout en facilitant le transfert de connaissances techniques avancées et en ingénierie aux professionnels locaux dans le cadre d'un projet de pointe de 50 MW.

DUBAÏ – Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, un prestataire leader mondial de solutions d’énergie temporaires, et Caterpillar Inc. ont mis au point une solution à l’un des défis les plus importants du Cameroun, à savoir un accès fiable à l’énergie. Non seulement cette solution consiste à transférer de l’énergie mais également des connaissances et une prospérité dans l’ensemble de ce pays d’Afrique.

En 2015, Altaaqa Global installait une centrale à gaz naturel d'une capacité de 50 MW à Douala, la ville la plus peuplée du Cameroun, pour résoudre immédiatement la pénurie chronique en électricité de la ville. La centrale a apporté une énergie fiable à la grille du Cameroun et a fourni à son peuple et à ses industries une nouvelle source fiable d’électricité.

Tout aussi important que l’énergie, il fallait s’assurer que l’équipe locale de professionnels hautement qualifiés puisse surveiller l’exploitation de la centrale. Altaaqa a déployé la plate-forme de formation appartenant à Caterpillar, appelée « Caterpillar University », pour lancer un programme de développement des clients. Le programme pilote, qui durera un an, est offert à une équipe sélectionnée d’ingénieurs locaux et de techniciens professionnels du client d’Altaaqa Global, Eneo, fournisseur de services publics intégrés du Cameroun.


Le programme de développement des clients

L'un des piliers clés du modèle commercial durable d’Altaaqa Global est d’étendre les opportunités d’embauche et d’apprentissage dans les communautés locales où l’entreprise a ses projets, dans le but d’améliorer leurs compétences et de transférer les connaissances de classe mondiale de l’industrie à la main-d'œuvre locale.

Pour faciliter le transfert des connaissances et des compétences à l’équipe d'ingénieurs et de professionnels locaux d'Eneo, Altaaqa Global a lancé un programme de formation des clients personnalisé, en coopération avec la « Caterpillar University ».

Le programme comporte trois méthodes d'instruction : l’enseignement en salles de classes, les instructions en ligne et le mentorat durant la tâche à effectuer avec les techniciens interne, certifiés CAT, d’Altaaqa Global. Pour encourager une meilleure compréhension des concepts techniques abordés en classe, Altaaqa Global a inscrit les ingénieurs d’Eneo à la « Caterpillar University », qui comprend des modules sur l’entretien, la sécurité et l’exploitation des équipements, préparés par des experts.

Aux fins du programme, les ingénieurs-formateurs d’Altaaqa Global ont réalisé un plan d’apprentissage qui inclut des modules soigneusement sélectionnés disponibles à la « Caterpillar University ». En raison de leur pertinence par rapport aux tâches des participants sur les sites et par rapport aux moteurs installés dans le cadre du projet, les formateurs ont soigneusement sélectionné des cours spécialisés sur l’environnement, l’hygiène et la sécurité (EHS) et les services d’ingénierie.

À la fin du programme d'un an, à condition d’avoir complété tous les modules nécessaires en ligne et après une performance satisfaisante durant l’évaluation finale, les participants se verront attribuer un certificat de technicien de maintenance préventive (MP) de niveau 1, et ils pourront ensuite être sélectionnés pour suivre la formation nécessaire pour obtenir le certificat de niveau 2. Altaaqa Global exécutera le programme sur une base continue, de manière à ce que la formation soit offerte à toute nouvelle équipe d'ingénieurs et de techniciens professionnels d’Eneo.

Commentant la motivation derrière le programme de formation, le PDG d’Altaaqa Global, Peter den Boogert, a déclaré : « Dans tous nos projets, ce n’est pas seulement de l’électricité que nous fournissons ; nous apportons également des opportunités d’embauche et de formation aux locaux. En fait, 95 % de nos employés sur site et qui prennent part à nos projets partout dans le monde sont des locaux. »


Un engagement envers un progrès durable

Le programme de formation est conforme à la stratégie de durabilité de Caterpillar, qui vise, notamment, à promouvoir un développement économique et social dans ses zones d’exploitation. L’entreprise croit que c'est en éduquant les professionnels locaux sur des pratiques d’excellence reconnues dans l’industrie à l’échelle mondiale qu’un progrès social et économique durable peut être efficacement encouragé.

C’est dans ce contexte que Kim Hauer, vice-présidente chez Caterpillar, responsable du département des services sociaux et directrice en chef des ressources humaines a déclaré : « Chez Caterpillar, nous croyons en l’habilitation au travers de l’éducation et du transfert des connaissances. C’est pourquoi nous collaborons avec nos partenaires internationaux, comme Altaaqa Global, pour fournir aux clients des solutions de formation personnalisées. Il a été prouvé que de telles initiatives améliorent l’efficacité du client, sa compétitivité sur le plan mondial et que cela contribue à développer un progrès durable dans le monde. »

Félicitant les initiatives de développement des clients d’Altaaqa Global, le Président et Directeur général de Caterpillar Inc., Doug Oberhelman, a indiqué : « La réussite du programme de développement des clients d’Altaaqa Global témoigne de l’engagement de l’entreprise au soutien et à l’amélioration des communautés qu’elle assiste. Altaaqa Global fournit des solutions qui éclairent et donnent de l’énergie au monde. »

M. Fahad Y Zahid, le président d’Altaaqa Global et vice-président exécutif du Zahid Group, a affirmé l’engagement continu de l’entreprise envers sa mission qui consiste à inspirer le progrès et la prospérité chez les personnes, dans les entreprises et les communautés. « Depuis sa création, Altaaqa Global est allée au-delà de ses bénéfices. Nous avons toujours cherché à jouer un rôle actif dans la stimulation de la croissance et du progrès, non seulement par une alimentation fiable en électricité, mais aussi par le transfert des connaissances aux locaux. Nous espérons que le programme de développement des clients produira une main-d'œuvre compétitive sur le plan international qui stimulera la croissance continue du Cameroun. »

Altaaqa Global et Caterpillar ont produit un documentaire vidéo qui présente l’efficacité et les bénéfices associés aux solutions de formation des clients sur mesure, pour les partenaires et les clients, partout dans le monde. Cette vidéo a été diffusée pour la première fois au « Forum 2016 de l’énergie en Afrique », qui s’est déroulé à Londres au Royaume-Uni, fin juin, et a été visionnée par les ministres de l’énergie et d’autres acteurs de l’énergie dans le monde.

Regardez la vidéo ici : https://youtu.be/8M5qA1Pz7Ys

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À propos d’Altaaqa Global
Altaaqa Global, filiale du groupe Zahid, a été choisie par Caterpillar Inc. pour fournir des solutions électriques temporaires clé en main de plusieurs mégawatts dans le monde entier. L'entreprise possède, mobilise, installe et exploite des centrales électriques indépendantes (IPP, Independent Power Plants) temporaires sur le site des clients, avec un intérêt particulier pour les pays émergents d'Afrique sub-saharienne, d'Asie centrale, du sous-continent indien, d'Amérique latine, d'Asie du Sud-Est, du Moyen-Orient et d'Afrique du Nord. 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.

http://www.altaaqaglobal.com

À propos de Zahid Group
Zahid Group est composé d'une grande variété d'entreprises et offre des solutions complètes et personnalisées dans un grand nombre de secteurs en pleine expansion. Parmi ces secteurs on peut citer : l'exploitation minière, pétrolière et gazière, l'agriculture, l'énergie, la production d'eau et d'électricité, la manutention, les matériaux de construction, le transport et la logistique, le développement immobilier, le tourisme et les voyages, la gestion des déchets et le recyclage ainsi que l'hôtellerie.

http://www.zahid.com

À propos de Caterpillar Inc.
Depuis 90 ans Caterpillar Inc. rend le développement durable possible et apporte des changements positifs sur chaque continent.  Les clients consultent Caterpillar pour les aider à développer des actifs d'infrastructure, d'énergie et de ressources naturelles.  Avec des ventes et des recettes ayant atteint 47,011 milliards de dollars en 2015, Caterpillar est le plus gros fabricant mondial d'équipement de construction et d'exploitation minière, de moteurs diesel et au gaz naturel, de turbines à gaz industrielles et de locomotives hybrides diesel/électricité.  La société opère principalement au travers de ces trois segments de produits : les industries des ressources, de la construction et des systèmes d'énergie, et de transport. Par ailleurs, elle offre des services de financement et des services associés au travers de son segment de produits financiers.

http://www.caterpillar.com

À propos d'Eneo Cameroon S.A.
L'opérateur d'électricité du Cameroun sur le long terme, Eneo (anciennement AES-SONEL) est une société mixte dont 56 % des parts sont détenues par Actis Group et 44 % par l'État du Cameroun. Eneo a une capacité de production installée qui s'élève à 968 MW. Son réseau de transport relie 24 sous-stations et comprend 1 944,29 km de lignes à haute tension, 15 081,48 km de lignes à moyenne tension et 15 209,25 km de lignes à basse tension. Son réseau de distribution détient 11 450 km de lignes de 5,5 à 33 KV et 11 158 km de lignes de 220-380 kV. Eneo compte plus de 973 250 consommateurs, dont environ 45 % résident dans les villes de Douala et Yaoundé. Eneo emploie 3 698 salariés permanents.

http://www.eneocameroon.cm


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Altaaqa Global
Tél : +971 56 1749505
rbagatsing@altaaqaglobal.com