HIMOINSA once again took part in the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), which celebrated its 16th edition this year. AEF is considered to be the largest and most important conference on African energy in the world and was held from 18 to 20 June in Istanbul. It was attended by more than 1,200 participants, including investors, ministers and government representatives from the different energy departments of African countries.
Guillermo Elum, HIMOINSA Sales & Marketing Director, together with Keith Webb, General Manager of HIMOINSA Middle East, and Jean Luc Rolland, Senior Project Manager at HIMOINSA Middle East, travelled to Istanbul and held various meetings with government representatives from important African countries.
“We currently have around 20 distributors in Africa, strategically located to deal with the needs of each market. Our subsidiary in Angola gives us good penetration on the continent and allows us to offer a service that is close to the client, while acting as an intermediary between our distributors and our main factory in Europe”, explains Guillermo Elum. He adds that HIMOINSA’s main goal is to respond to clients quickly, “something that we can achieve thanks to the geographic distribution that we have put in place”.
Keith Webb, General Manager of HIMOINSA Middle East, who participated in the AEF conferences, presented the company and spoke about HIMOINSA’s role as a vertical manufacturer. During his speech, he stressed the importance of offering African governments a comprehensive service, meaning turn-key projects such as the one the company recently delivered to the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA). “African governments are developing major power generation projects and require support from companies like HIMOINSA, which manufactures customised power plant and undertakes integral projects – from a customised study of the client’s requirements through to the technical design and installation of the equipment. In other words, complete project execution in which we guarantee turn-key delivery and contribute our know-how, explains Keith Webb. “It’s about knowledge transfer – an integral transfer of technology”.
HIMOINSA’s Plug and Play system for large power generation projects enables African governments to purchase equipment for a specific project. However, once this is completed, part of this equipment can be adapted, dismantled and transported to another location where new construction works need to be carried out. That is why it is important that governments actually own this type of equipment instead of always leasing it.
The energy multinational has been undertaking important projects in Africa since the 1990s. “We have increasingly important commercial ties with the African continent. Countries such as Libya, Mozambique, Kenya and South Africa are carrying out major projects for which we supply HIMOINSA power plant”, adds Guillermo Elum in Istanbul during his meeting with government representatives.
The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, H.E. Taner Yildiz; the Minster of Energy of Mozambique, H.E. Salvador Namburete; and the Minister of Mines, Energy and Development of Zambia, H.E. Christopher Yaluma, learnt first-hand about the new power generation systems being offered by leading power plant manufacturers such as HIMOINSA. It was undoubtedly an extremely useful meeting for the energy multinational, which has been working on manufacturing power generation systems since 1982 and is present in more than 120 countries around the world.