Exclusive interview with Sliman Abu Amara, Business Development Manager Middle East and Africa, DNV KEMA, an exhibitor at this year’s African Utility Week.
What are you most excited about currently in terms of DNV KEMA’s products and solutions?
To achieve a global leading position in the fields of R&D, innovation and studies related to smart grids and smart metering.
What is on the calendar for DNV KEMA in 2013?
As Africa is a developing country and a key focus country for DNV KEMA, we are planning to attend several African events. This is a great opportunity to enhance the progress of the energy sector in this region.
What opportunities do you see in Africa?
While still most of the African countries have no full access to energy, we see that they are currently in an energy transition with three major developments, namely large grid expansions and connections including strengthening existing grids, as well as balancing power demand and supply.
Another key opportunity we see is the connection and integration of large scale renewable energy.
What do you think makes DNV KEMA competitive in this market?
DNV KEMA has a team of professionals worldwide who are dedicated to the provision of customized solutions. This encompasses everything from the origin of innovative, yet practical, answers to energy related problems of the future, to the development and implementation of cutting edge quality assurance services for electrical and other high risk equipment and processes.
Our international skills combined with our strong innovative character and local African partners give us a lot of knowledge of the African market and make us a strong competitor.
What do you think are the biggest challenges to the South African/African energy market?
We do see large differences between South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries. So far we have been doing well in South Africa and we are expanding in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years we have noticed that stronger local presence will further boost our business.
What surprises you about this industry?
The speed of the fast growing energy developments in Africa – Africa’s sustained economic growth will result in an increasing energy demand. Africa has the important energy resources including both fossil fuels and renewable source available, which could help to meet this energy demand.
What will be your main message for African Utility Week delegates?
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is your partner for reliable and clean energy supply in Africa.
Can you give us a sneak preview of the presentation at the event?
Our director Testing, Inspection & Certification, Bas Verhoeven, is giving a workshop on the importance of type test certification for a reliable power network.
Anything else you would like to add?
We are looking forward to meet with new and existing clients at African Utility Week. DNV KEMA’s business line directors will be available at our stand to inform you about the latest developments with regard to the energy transition.