Monday, February 27, 2017

The Electricity Rat Race (Part 2): Reliable and Cost-Effective Supplemental Power Solutions for the Middle East Electricity Sector

Electricity consumption in the Middle East has been exponentially increasing in recent years, and if this current rate persists, the region will require several hundred billion US Dollars by 2020 to construct the necessary power infrastructure to keep pace with its future demand.

However, the current economic situation in the Middle East is limiting the governments’ capacity to single-handedly pour in the necessary investment towards the power sector. Thus, several countries in the region, including the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have endeavored to unbundle their power sectors into separate segments (generation, transmission, and distribution) in an attempt to streamline operations and encourage capital investment from the private sector.

A reliable power support is key

Many of the region’s governments and private sector investors have embarked on developing new cost-effective, reliable and sustainable sources of energy that have the potential to dramatically boost the region’s power generating capacity. For example, solar energy projects are rapidly progressing in the Middle East, most notably in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In fact, industry insiders report that solar power generation receives up to 90% of all government and private sector funding on renewable energy. It is therefore not surprising that solar power is now approaching grid parity and is experiencing phenomenal growth in the Middle East.

An example of renewable energy initiatives in the region is Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) concentrated solar power projects in the UAE, which are touted to generate 1,000 MW by 2030. Most celebrated of these projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which is expected to provide a dedicated supply of 100 MW of electricity to the World Expo 2020.

In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) has committed to construct up to 41 GW of solar power plants, and invest in an additional 21 GW of wind and geothermal power in the next two decades.

While in Kuwait, the country is looking to partner with international companies to add a power generating capacity of 2,000 MW of renewable energy by 2030.

But, in a region that is experiencing an unprecedented growth in population and in economic and industrial activities, a single source of alternative electricity may not be enough to secure its future power needs. Renewable energy technologies, like solar and wind, may hold a tremendous potential to provide the region with a reliable supplemental power, but as they are improved and optimized through the years with continuous technological research and development, these alternative power technologies may need the support of other sources of electricity.

In this time of economic challenges amidst a heightened urgency to supply additional power, the governments and the renewable energy investors will real benefits in turning to temporary power technologies. Rental power plants are able to supplement the existing power generated by traditional power plants and renewable sources of energy. They can act as an energy “safety net”, in that they are able to boost or take over the power load from renewable energy sources in times of intermittency, or from conventional power plants in times of power shortage. Rental power generation systems are equipped with state-of-the-art fast-start systems that allow them to supply the needed power at the shortest possible time, in cases of instability or insufficiency of other sources of electricity.

Temporary power plants represent a cost-effective solution to power supply challenges. Countries in the Middle East or private sector funders looking to manage their expenditure within the power sector will be happy to know that renting power do not require a huge initial investment. It can also protect the governments and private investors from unexpected associated expenditure, as temporary power plants come as a complete solution, with ancillaries, operation, and maintenance integrated with the service. This way, the governments and private investors are able to better manage their financial resources.

Along this line, the power sector stakeholders will also welcome the fact that temporary power plants can be easily mobilized, installed and operated anywhere in the world, because they are modular and can be simply connected to the grid, even without a substation. At the end of the contract, they can also be easily demobilized, leaving no permanent facility not utilized or that will require constant maintenance and service.

With rental power plants on board, the limitations of traditional power plants and renewable energy sources can be overcome, and the additional electricity can be reliably supplied as long as it is needed. In this context, temporary power plants find their maximum benefit in being used as supplementary or back-up power while permanent other energy facilities are being constructed or refurbished, and while alternative energy sources are being improved and optimized through the years.

Looking to the future

Industry experts believe that independent power producers (IPP) and private sector investors have been instrumental in keeping the region’s power supply sufficient for its residents, businesses and industries in recent years. At present, IPPs and the private sector are responsible for a significant amount of new capacity, and independent power plants continue to supplement or, to an extent, take the load of old and outdated government power plants not only in the GCC but also in other countries in the Middle East. They, therefore, are expected to continue to play a vital role in the power generation initiatives of governments in the region.


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Sources consulted:

“GCC Power Market Report 2017”. Ventures Onsite for Middle East Electricity.

Current Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry of the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific is keen on boosting the productivity of new and established oil and gas reserves within its territories. 

The Asia-Pacific’s demand for oil and gas continues to rise as it witnesses rapid urbanization and industrialization. At the moment, the Asia-Pacific is said to be consuming approximately 25% of the world’s oil supply, 45% of coal and 10% of natural gas. While it has traditionally supported its demand with exports from other regions, at present countries in the Asia-Pacific are taking significant steps towards decreasing import dependency and boosting regional energy security and autonomy.

In order to satisfy the increasing demand for energy, oil & gas and petrochemicals, and thus encourage further regional economic growth, the Asia-Pacific is keen on boosting the productivity of new and established oil and gas reserves within its territories.

Renewed Energy

Some of the more mature oil and gas reserves in the region are found in China and India, and in certain parts of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Currently, new oil frontiers are being developed in other countries, like the Philippines and Myanmar. Exploration of unconventional oil and gas reserves in deeper and more remote waters is notably gaining traction.

National oil companies within the region, such as the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Malaysia’s Petronas, Thailand’s PTT and Vietnam’s PetroVietnam have taken the lead in investing in and developing the region’s oil & gas industry. Additionally, independent oil & gas companies and international oil companies are seeing increasing regional participation.

American and European oil & gas titans have started ramping up their activities within the Asia-Pacific, with the keen interest of capitalizing on the region’s rapidly expanding market. Some of the more notable regional activities of international oil companies include Exxon Mobil’s agreed acquisition of Papua New Guinea’s InterOil, British Petroleum’s (BP) plans of expanding its Tangguh LNG project in Indonesia, and Chevron and Exxon Mobil’s bid to invest in an oil project in Kazakhstan, which is geared towards transporting crude to China. Other international players actively participating in the regional oil & gas activities include Reliance, Shell and Murphy.

Spotlight: In-field Power Generation Technologies

But while the Asia-Pacific oil & gas sector is gradually picking up the pace, the industry players remain cautious about the volatile prices, the challenges of exploration and production in harsh remote areas and other environmental and technological concerns. With this in mind, oil & gas operators are constantly in search of ways to enhance long-term production, control operational expenditure and minimize the environmental impact of their operations.

One aspect that industry players aim to optimize is in-field power generation, considered the life-blood of oil & gas operation.

Temporary power plants can prove to be a viable power generation option for oil & gas operations. Turning to rental power solutions can spare new and mature oil & gas companies alike from making a huge investment in permanent power facilities amidst this uncertain economic climate. Opting to rent power plants will not require a substantial capital investment, and the power produced can be easily paid from operational revenues. Because rental power plants are completely scalable, they can support the energy requirements of various processes of oil & gas operations of any size.

Temporary power plants can be transported from and to virtually anywhere in the world, even in extremely remote areas where new oil & gas facilities are being established. Equipment comprising rental power stations are enclosed in industry-grade containers so they are suitable for safe and reliable operation even in the harshest environments. They are modular so they can be laid out and installed in various configurations even in the limited spaces available in oil & gas facilities.

At present, many oil & gas facilities are realizing the economic and environmental advantages of using natural gas to provide power for its operations. While oilfield equipment is traditionally powered by diesel generators, natural gas generators are progressively gaining utilization in oil & gas operations. Its growth within the industry is largely spurred by the development of modern power generation solutions capable of running on-site natural gas, the increase in unconventional gas resources and the strict implementation of emission regulations in many countries around the world.

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What Lies Ahead

The Asia-Pacific is expecting continued economic growth of 7.3% in the coming years. What this means is that the region’s energy demand will proportionally increase. This, in addition to the modest recovery in crude prices, drives the expansion of the oil and gas market in the Asia-Pacific. But while national and international oil & gas players are excitedly looking to ride this new growth wave, they remain optimistically cautious of the industry’s prospects. Having said this, they remain on the look-out for innovations and technologies that can enhance their productivity and mitigate any associated risks.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Компания Altaaqa Global получила признание ISO в области энергоэффективности

Компания стала первой и пока единственной среди поставщиков услуг временного энергоснабжения, проекты которой сертифицированы согласно требованиям стандартов ISO 50001:2011 

После месяцев тщательного согласования процессов и проведения обширного аудита, компания Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power - ведущий поставщик услуг временного энергоснабжения, объемы которых измеряются мегаваттами, была сертифицирована аккредитованной ISO сертификационной организацией TÜV NORD, головной офис которой расположен в Ганновере (Германия), на соответствие требованиям стандарта ISO 50001:2011.

Стандарт ISO 50001:2011 устанавливает требования к созданию, внедрению, поддержанию и усовершенствованию системы энергетического менеджмента, позволяющей организации систематически совершенствовать энергоэффективность ее операционной деятельности и проектов.

«Стандарт ISO 50001:2011 применим в любой организации, которая стремится к тому, чтобы ее продукция и услуги отвечали заявленной ею политике в области энергетики», - пояснил Шибу Дейвис, генеральный менеджер по вопросам сертификации, охраны труда и лабораторным исследованиям в организации TÜV NORD. «Сертификат, присвоенный компании Altaaqa Global - единственной в мире среди компаний по аренде решений для энергоснабжения, служит признанием неотступного стремления компании осуществлять проекты по выработке электроэнергии в объемах, измеряемых мегаваттами, эффективно используя энергию, сохраняя природные ресурсы и помогая предотвратить изменение климата».

Мегана Миллин, специалист Altaaqa Global по вопросам качества и охраны труда, описала, как компания обеспечивает внедрение политики в области энергетики и ее соблюдение в рамках всех процессов. «Мы ставим цель обеспечить наиболее энергоэффективные и экологически ответственные решения энергоснабжения для наших клиентов. В этой связи, мы последовательно выполняем требования нашей политики в области энергетики на всех этапах, начиная с выбора энергооборудования, при разработке электростанций, транспортировке, в ходе монтажных работ в рамках проекта, во время сдачи в эксплуатации и обслуживания. Кроме этого, мы регулярно модернизируем наши существующие установки, чтобы сделать их еще более энергоэффективными».

Маджид Захид, коммерческий директор компании Altaaqa Global, рассказал о том, как компания гарантирует удовлетворенность клиентов в осуществляемых компанией проектах по предоставлению услуг аренды решений энергоснабжения в объеме, измеряющемся мегаваттами: «При помощи мониторинга и оценки рабочих параметров, осуществляемых авторитетными сертификационными организациями с мировым именем, мы обеспечиваем соответствие наших станций самым высоким стандартам эффективности. Таким образом мы можем гарантировать нашим клиентам, что осуществляемые нами проекты в области энергетики не только обеспечивают беспрерывное снабжение электроэнергией, но и позволяют снизить затраты и минимизировать эксплуатационные расходы».

Со своей стороны, Петер ден Богерт, генеральный директор компании Altaaqa Global, призвал представителей отрасли услуг аренды решений энергоснабжения принять на себя обязательства по ответственному использованию энергии. «На нас как на представителей отрасли временного энергоснабжения лежит ответственность сознательно бороться с влиянием нашей деятельности на окружающую среду. Поэтому мы в компании Altaaqa Global постоянно развиваем и оптимизируем наши решения в области выработки энергии, с тем чтобы в конечном итоге они приносили реальную экономическую, социальную и экологическую пользу. Мы гордимся тем, что проложили путь отрасли автономных электростанций к высоким операционным параметрам и эффективному использованию топлива».

В 2014 г. компания Altaaqa Global также получила сертификаты соответствия стандартам ISO 9001:2008 (Система управления качеством), ISO 14001:2004 (Система управления природопользованием) и OHSAS 18001:2007 (Система управления охраной труда и производственной безопасностью), и заняла место в списке избранных мировых компаний, успешно пройдя тройной аудит и получив все сертификаты в первый год оценки.


О компании Altaaqa Global
Компания Altaaqa Global, являющаяся подразделением группы компаний Zahid Group, была выбрана компанией Caterpillar Inc. в качестве поставщика решений по обеспечению энергоснабжения по всему миру в объеме, измеряющемся многими мегаваттами. Компания владеет, мобилизует, устанавливает и эксплуатирует эффективные независимые электростанции (IPP) в местах расположения, указанных заказчиком, и фокусируется на развивающихся рынках регионов Африки, расположенных к югу от Сахары, Центральной Азии, Индостана, Латинской Америки, Юго-Восточной Азии, Ближнего Востока и Северной Африки. Наличие прокатного оборудования, в котором используются различные виды топлива, например, дизельное топливо, природный газ, а также наличие двухтопливного оборудования, позволяет компании Altaaqa Global в короткие сроки устанавливать и запускать временные электростанции, обеспечивая энергоснабжения там, где необходимо, и тогда, когда это необходимо.

О группе компаний Zahid Group
Группа компаний Zahid Group представляет широкий ряд компаний, предлагающих полный набор услуг, ориентированных на потребности клиента, в различных отраслях, переживающих подъем. В их числе находятся такие отрасли, как строительство, горнодобывающая промышленность, нефтегазовая промышленность, сельское хозяйство, энергетика, выработка электроэнергии и воды, транспортировка материалов, строительные материалы, транспорт и логистика, развитие проектов по строительству жилья, путешествия и туризм, утилизация и переработка отходов, а также гостиничный сектор.

О компании TÜV NORD
Компания TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG установила деловые отношения в более, чем 70 странах Европы, Северной и Южной Америки, Азии и Африки, и в настоящее время представлена на всех основных рынках мира. Группа TÜV NORD Group объединила под эгидой компании TÜV NORD International  признанный профессионализм, высококвалифицированный персонал, специализирующийся в широком спектре областей, а также значительное количество компаний, занимающих лидирующие позиции в своих секторах рынка. Сегодня, приобретенные на протяжении многих лет знания и профессиональный персонал, насчитывающий 8400 специалистов, гарантируют признание марки TÜV NORD как символа безопасности, профессионализма и надежности.

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Altaaqa Global荣获ISO能效认证

该公司是首家也是目前唯一一家项目通过ISO 50001:2011标准认证的临时电力供应商 

经过数月严格的过程校准和大量的审计,作为一家全球领先多兆瓦级临时电力解决方案供应商,Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power获得了ISO认证机构TÜV NORD(总部位于德国汉诺威)的ISO 50001:2011认证。

ISO 50001:2011规定了能源管理系统的建立、执行、维护和改善要求,旨在促成企业遵循系统性方法,以实现其业务运营和项目能效的持续改善。

“ISO 50001:2011适用于所有希望确保其产品和服务符合其既定能源政策的企业”,TÜV NORD的HSD & Lab认证总经理Shibu Davies表示。“Altaaqa Global成为全球唯一一家荣获该项认证的电力租赁公司,这是该公司在提供高效利用能源、保护自然资源和帮助应对气候变化的多兆瓦级发电项目方面做出不懈努力的最好印证。”

Altaaqa Global的质量和健康安全执行官Meghana Millin描述了公司如何确保其能源政策的顺利实施以及在整个流程中的贯彻一致。“我们致力于为客户提供最佳能效和绿色环保的电力解决方案。因此,我们从电力设备选择到电厂设计、交通运输以及项目安装、调试和维修,都恪守我们的能源政策。此外,我们还定期对当前设备进行升级,以进一步改善其能效表现。”

Altaaqa Global的首席商务官Majid Zahid进一步解释了该公司如何确保其多兆瓦级电力租赁项目获得客户的满意反馈:“我们通过声誉良好的全球认证机构对其性能进行检测与评估,以确保公司的电厂保持最高效率水平。通过这种办法,我们可以向客户保证我们的电力项目不仅能提供不间断的、可靠的电力供应,还能节约成本并将运营支出降到最低。”

Altaaqa Global首席执行官Peter den Boogert则号召整个电力租赁行业肩负起能源责任:“从事电力供应行业,作为临时电力供应商的我们,对减少公司运营带来的环境影响责无旁贷。这也是Altaaqa Global不断地开发和优化我们的发电解决方案,以最终真正增进经济、社会和环境效益的原因。能在独立发电行业成为能源效率和燃料效率的开路先锋,我们感到非常自豪。”

2014年,Altaaqa Global还分别获得了ISO 9001:2008(质量管理系统)、ISO 14001:2004(环境管理系统)和OHSAS 18001:2007(职业健康和安全管理系统)认证,通过了三重审计并在评估的第一年便获得所有认证,以此跻身全球顶尖精英企业之列。

关于Altaaqa Global
Altaaqa Global是扎西德集团旗下公司,被卡特彼勒公司选中作为其全球兆瓦级交钥匙临时电力解决方案的提供方。公司在客户地点拥有、调动、安装并操作高效的临时独立发电厂(IPP),重点为撒哈拉以南的非洲、中亚、印度次大陆、拉丁美洲、东南亚、中东和北非的新兴市场。Altaaqa Global提供的电力租赁设备的运行依靠不同类型的能源,如柴油、天然气或双燃料,能够部署并提供迅速的临时发电厂解决方案,在需要的任何时间和地点提供电力。


TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG在欧洲、美洲、亚洲和非洲的70多个国家中建立了业务关系,在各个主要国际市场中都有业务存在。TÜV NORD集团将其公认的能力、多样化的创新才能以及作为各个市场领袖的公司结合到一起,组成了TÜV NORD国际。如今,经过了多年的专业知识发展,一支由来自全球各地的8400名员工组成的团队竭诚努力,确保“TÜV NORD”成为全球客户信赖的安全、高质、胜任和诚信的公司。

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Altaaqa Global logra el reconocimiento de ISO por el desempeño energético

La empresa es la primera y, hasta el momento, la única proveedora de energía temporal en lograr la certificación de sus proyectos de conformidad con las normas ISO 50001:2011 

Después de meses de una rigurosa alineación de procesos y una auditoría extensiva, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, un proveedor mundial líder de soluciones de energía temporal de multimegavatios, obtuvo la certificación ISO 50001:2011 de TÜV NORD, la organización de certificación acreditada por ISO con sede central en Hanover, Alemania.

ISO 50001:2011 especifica los requisitos para establecer, implementar, mantener y mejorar un sistema de gestión de energía, cuyo propósito es permitir a organización seguir un enfoque sistemático para lograr mejoras continuas en el desempeño energético dentro de sus operaciones y proyectos.

“ISO 50001:2011 es aplicable a todas las organizaciones que deseen garantizar que sus productos y servicios cumplan con su política de energía declarada”, afirmó Shibu Davies, Gerente General de Certificaciones, HSD & Lab en TÜV NORD. “La certificación concedida a Altaaqa Global, la única empresa de alquiler de energía del mundo en haber alcanzado la hazaña hasta la fecha, es testimonio de la firme dedicación de la empresa de ofrecer proyectos de generación de energía multimegavatios que utilicen la energía de manera eficiente, preserven los recursos naturales y ayuden a combatir el cambio climático”.

Meghana Millin, Responsable de Calidad y Medio Ambiente, Salud y Seguridad en Altaaqa Global, describió de qué manera la empresa garantiza la implementación y el cumplimiento de su política energética en sus procesos. “Capacitamos a nuestros objetivos sobre cómo ofrecer las soluciones energéticas más eficientes y ecológicas a nuestros clientes. Por lo tanto, continuamos comprometidos con nuestra política energética desde la selección de equipamiento eléctrico hasta el diseño de las centrales eléctricas, el transporte y la instalación, la puesta en marcha y el mantenimiento de los proyectos. Asimismo, actualizamos regularmente nuestras instalaciones actuales para mejorar aún más su desempeño energético”.

Majid Zahid, Director Comercial de Altaaqa Global, especificó de qué manera la empresa garantiza la satisfacción del cliente en todos sus proyectos de alquiler de energía multimegavatios: “Garantizamos que nuestras centrales eléctricas mantienen el máximo nivel de eficiencia mediante el control y la evaluación de su desempeño por parte de prestigiosos organismos de certificación mundiales. De esta manera, garantizamos a nuestros clientes que nuestros proyectos energéticos no solo suministran energía confiable e ininterrumpida, sino que también ofrecen ahorro de costos y mínimos gastos operativos”.

Respecto de este tema, Peter den Boogert, Director General de Altaaqa Global, instó al sector de energía de alquiler a defender la causa de la responsabilidad energética. “Al estar en el negocio del suministro de electricidad, la responsabilidad pesa sobre nosotros, los proveedores de energía temporal, de mitigar concienzudamente los efectos ambientales de nuestras operaciones. Es por eso que en Altaaqa Global desarrollamos y optimizamos continuamente nuestras soluciones de generación de energía para que, en última instancia, promuevan beneficios económicos, sociales y ambientales reales. Nos enorgullece haber marcado el camino en el desempeño energético y el rendimiento del combustible en el sector de productores independientes de energía”.

En 2014, Altaaqa Global también obtuvo las certificaciones ISO 9001:2008 (Sistema de Gestión de Calidad), ISO 14001:2004 (Sistema de Gestión Medioambiental) y OHSAS 18001:2007 (Sistema de Gestión de la Salud y la Seguridad en el Trabajo) y, por lo tanto, pasó a formar parte de una lista de élite de empresas mundiales que han completado una auditoría tripe y han recibido todas las certificaciones en su primer año de evaluación.


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 maneja eficaces plantas energéticas independientes (IPP) temporales en emplazamientos de clientes, con una concentración en los mercados emergentes de África Subsahariana, Asia Central, el subcontinente indio, América Latina, Asia Sudoriental, Oriente Medio y África del Norte. 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.

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 estos 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.

Acerca de TÜV NORD
TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG ha establecido relaciones comerciales en más de 70 países por toda Europa, América, Asia y África, y tiene representación en los mercados más grandes a nivel mundial. TÜV NORD Group ha combinado sus competencias reconocidas, su talento innovador versátil y muchas otras empresas líderes en sus segmentos de mercado bajo el auspicio de TÜV NORD International. Actualmente, los conocimientos técnicos desarrollados a lo largo de los años junto con una fuerza laboral de 8400 empleados a nivel mundial lograron que “TÜV NORD” sea aceptado como un nombre de confianza, capacidad, calidad y seguridad.

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Altaaqa Global obtém reconhecimento ISO pelo desempenho energético

A empresa é o primeiro e, até agora, o único fornecedora de energia temporária a ter seus projetos certificados em conformidade com os padrões ISO 50001:2011 

Depois de meses de rigoroso alinhamento de processo e extensa auditoria, a Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, fornecedor líder global de soluções de energia temporária multi-megawatt, obteve a certificação ISO 50001:2011 da TÜV NORD, o órgão certificador reconhecido pela ISO sediado em Hanover, na Alemanha.

A ISO 50001:2011 especifica os requisitos para estabelecer, implementar, manter e aprimorar um sistema de gerenciamento de energia cujo objetivo é permitir que uma organização siga uma abordagem sistemática para obter aprimoramento contínuo do desempenho energético em suas operações e projetos.

“A ISO 50001:2011 é aplicável a qualquer organização que deseja garantir que seus produtos e serviços estejam em conformidade com sua política energética declarada”, afirmou Shibu Davies, Diretor Geral de Certificação, HSD & Lab, da TÜV NORD. “Essa certificação concedida à Altaaqa Global, a única empresa de fornecimento de energia do mundo a ter realizado esse feito até agora, é um testemunho da dedicação inabalável da empresa em entregar projetos de geração energética multi-megawatt que utilizam energia de modo eficiente, preservem os recursos naturais e ajudem a combater as mudanças climáticas.”

Meghana Millin, Diretora de Qualidade e Serviço de Saúde da Altaaqa Global, descreveu como a empresa garante que sua política de energia seja implementada e respeitada em todos os processos. “Nós treinamos nossa visão para oferecer as soluções mais energeticamente eficientes e ambientalmente responsáveis a nossos clientes. Assim, permanecemos comprometidos com nossa política de energia em todos os momentos: na escolha do equipamento de energia, no desenvolvimento das usinas, no transporte, na instalação do projeto, no comissionamento e na manutenção. Além disso, atualizamos regularmente nossas instalações para aprimorar ainda mais seu desempenho energético.”

Majid Zahid, Diretor Comercial da Altaaqa Global, explicou como a empresa garante a satisfação do cliente em todos os seus projetos de fornecimento de energia multi-megawatt: “Nos certificamos de que nossas usinas mantenham o mais alto nível de eficiência, fazendo com que seu desempenho seja monitorado e avaliado por órgãos de certificação globais. Dessa maneira, garantimos aos clientes que nossos projetos de energia não apenas forneçam eletricidade confiável ininterrupta, mas também ofereçam economia e despesas operacionais mínimas.”

Em relação a essa última parte, Peter den Boogert, CEO da Altaaqa Global, convida o setor de fornecimento de energia elétrica a se dedicar à causa da responsabilidade energética. “Estando no ramo de fornecimento de energia, recai sobre nós, fornecedores de energia temporária, a responsabilidade de reduzir conscientemente os impactos ambientais de nossas operações. É por isso que nós, da Altaaqa Global, desenvolvemos e otimizamos continuamente nossas soluções de geração de energia, promovendo, por fim, reais benefícios econômicos, sociais e ambientais. Temos orgulho de ser pioneiros no desempenho energético e na eficiência de combustível no setor de Política de Produtos Integrada.”

Em 2014, a Altaaqa Global também obteve as certificações ISO 9001:2008 (Sistema de Gerenciamento de Qualidade), ISO 14001:2004 (Sistema de Gerenciamento Ambiental) e OHSAS 18001:2007 (Sistemas de Gerenciamento de Segurança e Saúde Ocupacional), tornando-se parte da lista de elite de empresas mundiais que concluíram uma auditoria tripla e receberam todas as certificações em seu primeiro ano de avaliação.


Sobre a Altaaqa Global
A Altaaqa Global, uma subsidiária do Grupo Zahid, foi selecionada pela Caterpillar Inc. para distribuir soluções elétricas completas e temporárias de muitos megawatts em todo o mundo. A companhia possui, mobiliza, instala e opera centrais elétricas eficientes independentes temporárias (IPP) nas localizações do cliente, focando-se nos mercados emergentes da África Subsaariana, Ásia Central, Subcontinente Indiano, América Latina, Sudeste da Ásia, Médio Oriente e Norte de África. Disponibilizando equipamento de energia elétrica de aluguel que pode operar com tipos de combustíveis diferentes, tais como diesel, gás natural ou bicombustível, a Altaaqa Global está posicionada para instalar e implementar rapidamente soluções com centrais elétricas temporárias, fornecendo eletricidade sempre e onde quer que seja necessária.

Sobre o Grupo Zahid
O Grupo Zahid representa uma gama diversa de empresas, oferecendo soluções abrangentes e centradas no cliente em vários setores em expansão. Algumas dessas atividades incluem construção; mineração; petróleo e gás; agricultura; geração de energia, eletricidade e água; manuseio de materiais; materiais para construção; transporte e logística; desenvolvimento imobiliário; viagens e turismo; gestão de resíduos e reciclagem; e hospitalidade.

Sobre a TÜV NORD
A TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG tem relações comerciais estabelecidas em mais de 70 países na Europa, na América, na Ásia e na África e está representada agora em todos os principais mercados mundiais. O Grupo TÜV NORD reuniu sua competência reconhecida, seu talento inovador e versátil e diversas empresas que são líderes em seus segmentos de mercado sob o controle geral da TÜV NORD International. Hoje, o know-how desenvolvido com o passar de vários anos e uma dedicada e forte equipe de trabalho de mais de 8.400 funcionários em todo o mundo garantem que a “TÜV NORD” seja vista como um nome mundial quando se trata de segurança, qualidade, competência e confiança.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Altaaqa Global obtient la certification ISO pour sa performance en solutions d’énergie

L’entreprise est le premier et l’unique prestataire de solutions d’énergie temporaire dont les projets sont certifiés par la norme ISO 50001:2011 

Après de nombreux mois d’audits détaillés et d’alignements des processus rigoureux, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, le principal prestataire international de solutions d’énergie temporaire de plusieurs méga-watts, a obtenu la certification ISO 50001:2011 auprès de TÜV NORD, l’organisme de certification ISO siégeant à Hanovre en Allemagne.

La norme ISO 50001:2011 détermine les exigences relatives à l’établissement, l’exécution, l'entretien et l’amélioration d’un système de gestion de l’énergie dont le but est de permettre à une organisation de suivre une approche systématique visant à améliorer en continu la performance énergétique au sein de ses projets et opérations.

« La norme ISO 50001:2011 s’applique à toutes les organisations qui veulent s’assurer que leurs produits et services respectent leurs politiques énergétiques officielles », indique Shibu Davies, directeur général Certification, HSD & Lab chez TÜV NORD. « Cette certification attribuée à Altaaqa Global, la seule entreprise de location d’énergie au monde à accomplir, jusqu’à présent, cette prouesse, témoigne de l’engagement résolu de cette entreprise à délivrer des projets de génération d’énergie de plusieurs méga-watts qui utilisent efficacement l’énergie, préservent les ressources naturelles et aident à combattre le changement climatique. »

Meghana Millin, responsable qualité & HSE chez Altaaqa Global, a décrit comment l’entreprise veille à la bonne exécution et au respect de sa politique énergétique à travers tous ses processus. « Nous faisons notre possible pour fournir des solutions d’énergie aussi écologiques et écoénergétiques que possible à nos clients. Nous respectons notre politique énergétique depuis la sélection de l’équipement énergétique, en passant par la conception des centrales, jusqu’au transport, l’installation, la mise en service et la maintenance du projet. En outre, nous actualisons régulièrement nos installations pour améliorer encore plus leur performance énergétique. »

Majid Zahid, le directeur commercial d’Altaaqa Global, a expliqué comment l’entreprise garantit la satisfaction de ses clients dans tous ses projets de location d’énergie de plusieurs méga-watts : « Nous veillons à ce que nos centrales soient aussi performantes que possible au travers de contrôles et d’évaluations par des organismes internationaux reconnus. Ainsi, nous pouvons garantir à nos clients que non seulement nos projets pourront leur fournir, en toute fiabilité et en continu, de l’électricité mais également qu'ils leur offriront des économies de coûts et des dépenses d’exploitation aussi minimes que possible. »

Pour sa part, Peter den Boogert, PDG d’Altaaqa Global, demande à l'industrie de la location d’énergie de soutenir la cause qui promeut la responsabilité énergétique. « Parce que nous sommes dans l'industrie de la fourniture d’énergie il nous incombe à nous, fournisseurs d’énergie temporaire, d’amoindrir en toute conscience l'impact environnemental de nos opérations. C’est la raison pour laquelle, chez Altaaqa Global, nous cherchons constamment à développer et à optimiser nos solutions de génération d’énergie pour qu’elles promeuvent, au final, de vrais avantages pour l’environnement, l’économie et la société. Nous sommes fiers d’avoir ouvert la voie à la performance et au rendement énergétiques dans l’industrie des producteurs d’énergie autonomes. »

En 2014, Altaaqa Global a également obtenu les certifications ISO 9001:2008 (Système de gestion de la qualité), ISO 14001:2004 (Système de gestion de l’environnement) et OHSAS 18001:2007 (Systèmes de gestion de la santé et de la sécurité au travail), faisant d’elle un membre de l’élite des entreprises internationales ayant effectué un triple audit et ayant reçu toutes les certifications dans sa première année d’évaluation.


À propos d'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 opère des centrales électriques indépendantes (CEI) temporaires et efficaces sur les sites de ses clients, et se concentre sur les marchés émergents de l'Afrique sub-saharienne, 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. Proposant à la location des équipements électriques fonctionnant sur divers carburants tels que le diesel, le gaz naturel ou des carburants mixtes, Altaaqa est en mesure de déployer et de livrer rapidement des solutions de centrales électriques temporaires, fournissant de l'électricité à l'endroit et au moment où celle-ci est requise.

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 eux, on compte : le secteur minier, le secteur pétrolier et gazier, l'agriculture, l'énergie, la production d'électricité, la manutention, les matériaux de construction, les transports et la logistique, la promotion immobilière, le voyage et le tourisme, la gestion des déchets et le recyclage, et l'hôtellerie.

À propos de TÜV NORD
TÜV NORD International GmbH & Co. KG entretient des relations professionnelles bien établies dans plus de 70 pays en Europe, dans les Amériques, l'Asie et l'Afrique et est aujourd'hui présente sur tous les grands marchés mondiaux. Le groupe TÜV NORD associe ses compétences reconnues, son talent innovant et polyvalent ainsi que de nombreuses entreprises chefs de file dans leur segment de marché sous l'égide de TÜV NORD International. Aujourd'hui, grâce au savoir-faire développé au cours de nombreuses années et à un personnel dédié de 8 400 employés, "TÜV NORD" est synonyme de sécurité, qualité, compétence et confiance sur le marché mondial.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Electricity Rat Race (Part 1): Strategies of the Middle East Power Sector to Keep Pace with the Energy Demand

The Middle East power sector has been striving to satisfactorily match the region’s power demand. And while the requirement is exponentially growing, investment in the sector is observed to remain incremental. Altaaqa Global, a leading global provider of multi-megawatt temporary power solutions, shares its thoughts on the current regional power market and sheds light on some of the region’s strategy to stay in, or even win, the so-called “race”. 

The demand for electricity in the Middle East has been steadily increasing in the past several years. It can be ascribed to several general factors, including constant population growth with the arrival of tourists and new residents, rapid urbanization, a remarkable spike in consumption during peak summer months, low electricity prices and gradual improvements in income levels among households and businesses. As the demand is expected to continue rising in the coming years, the need to expand the region’s current generating capacity is growing ever more urgent.

In order to satisfy the projected power demand from now till 2020, the GCC alone, which represents 47% of 148 GW of the current power generating capacity of the region, needs to ramp up its power capacity by an average of 8% year on year. This will entail an investment of USD 85 billion to add 69 GW of generating capacity, on top of USD 52 billion to construct transmission and distribution facilities.

A close look at the region’s power demand

To better understand the state of the region’s power market and the scale of expansion that needs to be done in the near future, let us throw the spotlight on the current power situations of the major countries that comprise it.

The power consumption the United Arab Emirates has more than doubled in the past 10 years. According to estimates, the UAE’s gross domestic electricity consumption will reach 141 TWh in 2020, up from 103 TWh in 2014. The considerable growth in power consumption in recent years can be largely attributed to the country’s preparations for the World Expo in 2020, during which about 25 million tourists are expected to visit the UAE.

With its current electricity demand, Saudi Arabia needs to invest at least USD 140 billion by 2020 to uplift its generating capacity from 51.5 GW to 71 GW. The persistent rise in power demand in the country is attributed, to a large extent, to its continuous investment in several sectors, including public infrastructure, utilities, healthcare and education, to name a few. Thus, the sustained construction and industrial activity, coupled with an increasing electricity demand from its residents and businesses, cause the country’s power requirements to grow.

Qatar is experiencing a period of heightened construction activity, as the country gears up for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022. The related infrastructure development (building of eight new stadiums, renovation of three existing stadiums, and the establishment of Lusail City), expanding transportation network (building of Doha Metro Rail and expressways), surging public and private investments, and booming hospitality sector are driving the growth of the electricity requirement in the country.

According to a recent report released by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Oman’s peak average annual growth in power demand for the next seven years will be approximately 8%, rising from 5,565 MW in 2015 to 9,529 MW in 2022. OPWP ascribed the increase in demand for power to continuous residential growth, overall economic expansion, and the rapid development in industrial estates or free zones and tourism projects.

Kuwait’s peak electricity requirement is set to almost double by 2020. From the current demand of around 15,000 MW, Kuwait’s Electricity Ministry estimates that in 2020, the country’s electricity requirement will jump to 17,000 MW. The Ministry attributes this notable growth trend to the country’s harsh weather conditions, particularly during the summer months, and the highly subsidized energy tariffs. With one of the highest rates of energy consumption per capita in the world, meeting electricity demand has become a growing concern for Kuwait.

Amidst population growth and industrial expansion, Bahrain’s electricity demand is continuously increasing. Bahrain’s available generation capacity at the moment is 3,922 MW during peak summer months, with around 600 MW of spare emergency import capacity through GCC’s interconnected grid. For the country to satisfy the projected rise in power demand, its power generation capacity needs to be expanded by an average of 6%.

It is worth noting that electricity demand is also projected in increase in other countries in the region, like Yemen, Iraq and Syria, as they embark on infrastructure rebuilding and rehabilitation, and re-establishment of a reliable power connection. As the governance and the economic climate in these countries become more stable in the coming years, their power consumption is expected to exponentially rise.

The outlook of the region’s power market

Amidst the current economic challenges experienced not only in the GCC but also in the entire region, the governments are looking towards the development of new cost-effective and efficient sources of electricity, and sustainable opportunities and approaches to reduce overall energy consumption.

For instance, countries in the GCC have set an objective that a minimum of 10% of their overall power production by 2020 should come from renewable sources of energy. A vital component of the region’s overall renewable energy mix is solar, with sunshine available across the region for the most part of a year. Industry experts estimate that 85 to 90% of the region’s investment on renewable energy is poured into the development of solar power facilities, with UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait leading the way.

Alongside the intensive drive to harness renewable energy sources is the push to develop “Smart Cities” – urban projects that capitalize on digital technology and information and communication technologies to improve the quality of life of the citizens and better manage public services, such as power, water, transportation, healthcare and waste management.

In essence, in the face of decreasing revenues from oil, governments are realizing the benefits of partnering with the private sector and independent power producers (IPP) to boost the region’s available electricity capacity. Industry experts estimate that IPPs can contribute as much as 20 GW to the region’s power supply. At present, countries in the region are rolling out various initiatives within the power sector, which aim to allow competition at the power generation level, establish separation in the market to introduce more competition, and liberalize domestic energy prices over the medium-term.

In Part 2 of this feature, we will zero in on the available power generation technologies that respond to the current requirements of the governments in the Middle East. We’ll take a close look at how these innovations can satisfy the region’s demand for reliable power, support its current drive to harness renewable energy and contribute towards the minimization of initial costs and related expenses.


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Sources consulted:

“GCC Power Market Report 2017”. Ventures Onsite for Middle East Electricity.

“Saudi Arabia’s Unstoppable Utilities Market”.

“Oman forecasts annual power demand growth at 8% until 2022”.

“Bahrain’s Power Sector Embarks on a New Era of Development”.

Caterpillar Named One of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in 2017

As part of the Caterpillar family, we at Altaaqa Global are proud to announce that Caterpillar has once again been named as one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in 2017!

Here is the official release from Caterpillar: 

We are proud to be named to Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies® 2017 list. This year, Caterpillar is ranked number 47. Caterpillar has appeared in the Top 50 All-Stars list for 16 consecutive years.

Fortune also ranked Caterpillar as the number one most admired company in the Construction and Farm Machinery category. Caterpillar has appeared in Fortune’s industry rankings every year since 1998 -- and this is the third year in a row that we've been ranked number one.               

To determine the best-regarded companies within each industry, the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group asked 3,800 executives, directors and securities analysts to rate companies within their own industry on nine criteria, including innovation, social responsibility, and global competitiveness.

To determine the Top 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked the respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most. Unlike with the industry rankings, respondents could pick any company in any industry while selecting their top 10 companies. We're honored to have been included in many respondents' top 10 lists.

Visit to see the full list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Safely home, everyone, every day

At Altaaqa Global, we are committed to helping ensure that everyone who works in our offices, and on or around our job sites returns home safely every day. That is why Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) is at the core of our culture.

We always seek to prevent injury and ill health to our workforce and to continually improve the performance of our OH&S management system, while complying with applicable legal and other requirements.

All of us, employees of the company, are encouraged to support the OH&S program and make health and safety a part of our daily routine. We always ensure that we are following safe work methods, and take an active role in implementing our OH&S program.

In line with this, Altaaqa Global's dedicated First Aid and Fire Team of 2017 underwent professional and qualified training in relevant procedures in late January 2017.

Here are the highlights of the two-day training, in pictures:

Initial hands-on training on using a fire extinguisher with a fire simulation device

Hand-on training on using the appropriate fire extinguisher with a live fire

Hands-on training on the proper way to do CPR

The Altaaqa Global First Aid and Fire Team with their training mates
proudly showing their attested certificates

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies are striving to remain buoyant, says temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global chief commercial officer Majid Zahid.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, he noted that in miners’ quest to emerge victorious from the recession, many of them had implemented cost-cutting initiatives aimed at ensuring maximum customer value with fewer resources.

“Others have chosen to be cautiously proactive and embarked on exploration programmes in a bid to boost long-term profitability. Some have turned to technology to optimise processes and facilitate existing methods,” Zahid added.

Zahid commented that “going lean” had become a significant trend in the industry, as mining companies sought to concurrently reduce workforce numbers, capital and energy intensity; exploit growth opportunities and ensure maximum value for their products and services.

He believes that power generation and supply choice is a part of mines’ operations that could significant alter the profile of their capital expenditure.

“Electricity remains the life-blood of mine sites worldwide. However, with the current economic situation, mine operators cannot afford to devote a large portion of their scarce capital to a major expenditure, like building a permanent power plant. Considering this, mine operators can instead choose to hire multimegawatt temporary power solutions,” Zahid said.

He noted that a consistent, dependable and sufficient supply of electricity was of vital importance throughout the life cycle of a mine operation. “Temporary power plants can adequately provide for the electricity needs of a mine site. They can power camp sites during prefeasibility, feasibility and exploratory stages and support the establishment of the mine operation after a successful exploration,” Zahid highlighted.

He added that temporary power plants could also provide power to a mine’s machinery and the processing plants, as well as its temperature-control equipment.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Africa’s Mining Industry Preps for Coming Growth

The year 2016 was a breakout year for mining, as the industry witnessed the advent of the initial signs of its recovery. The industry marches on to 2017 with renewed energy and confidence, all set to ride the coming growth wave. Is the cycle of uncertainty really over for mining? Majid Zahid, Altaaqa Global, in a free-wheeling conversation.

Majid Zahid, Chief Commercial Officer, Altaaqa Global
The year 2016 was a pivotal year for the global mining sector. 

Last year, the industry saw nascent signs of recovery and growth, spurred by strengthening commodity prices, revitalized exploratory activities, and re-engineered operational and financial strategies. 

The industry, therefore, rings in 2017 with heightened optimism and a fervent hope that the much-anticipated next growth wave finally comes. 

The wait may be over, as the green shoots are gradually emerging: Commodities has returned to a bull market and many mining companies are seeing a consistent recovery in value. In fact, 2017 is touted to be an encouraging year for mining stocks, buoyed by increased free cash flow, positive earnings momentum and the prospect of distributing excess capital to shareholders. 

Indeed, mining’s recovery was never a question of “if”, but rather of “when”. And for many mining industry players, the “when” starts now. 

“From the standpoint of a power solutions provider”, says Majid Zahid, Chief Commercial Officer of global multi-megawatt temporary power provider Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, “we observe that the industry, together with its allied stakeholders, is actively preparing for the growth cycle at hand. 

“For example, an increasing number of mining companies have resumed funding new and expansion projects in the interest of capitalizing on the expected upturn. Investors are once again enticed to finance various segments of the industry, riding high on its impressive showing in 2016.”
Zahid also notes that governments have ramped up their support for mining companies in terms of exploring local and cross-border opportunities by allocating significant funds for mining activities and eliminating obstacles in doing business.

“Looking at the trend,” says Zahid, “the next few years may see the establishment of new mines and the expansion of a number of existing mines. Then, more than ever, electricity will be essential in powering their operations.

“Be they nascent mine sites or established mine operations looking to grow, our multi-megawatt temporary power plants will be able to satisfy their power demands. Our power plants are scalable so they can provide the exact amount of electricity needed by mine sites of any size.”

Zahid says that temporary power plants also represent an excellent choice for mining companies looking to explore new opportunities in remote sites. “Rental power plants can be delivered and installed anywhere in the world, so mining companies can rest assured that wherever they are, we can provide them power.” He says that the latest rental power systems have cutting-edge technologies that allow them to shift operational mode in minutes, and to directly connect to the grid even if sub-stations are absent. 

He, however, sounds a caveat. “Though the industry appears to be on its way to recovery, mining companies should still, to a certain extent, practice caution, especially in terms of utilizing their capital.”

Zahid endorses the view that turning to temporary power plants cushions mining companies from making huge investments in permanent infrastructure, like power generation facilities. “For a mining company, it may not make sense to make an outright investment in a permanent power plant, especially during the formative stages of a mine or the initial phases of a mine development or expansion. These are crucial times in a mine operation when its future of is still uncertain.” 

Zahid says that by choosing to rent power during these stages presents a win-win situation for mining companies. “When the operations grow, they can choose to add modules to the temporary power plant to increase its capacity. In case the project proves unsuccessful, the rental power plants can be easily demobilized, leaving no permanent system unutilized or that will need constant maintenance or repair.”

Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power is presenting the latest technologies in rental power generation at the 2017 Mining Indaba – the world’s largest mining investment conference. The company’s executives welcome you to booth 924, from the 6th through the 9th of February.

The Indaba, held at the Cape Town International Convention Center in South Africa, has attracted participation from heads of states, high-ranking government officials, global mining companies, technology and service providers and other significant stakeholders. 


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