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Exclusive interview with Sliman Abu Amara, Business Development Manager Middle East and Africa, DNV KEMA, an exhibitor at this year’s African Utility Week.  The company will also present a technical workshop on “Type Test Certification for a reliable power network”.

Sliman Abu Amara

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 region and a key focus 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 most of the African countries do not have full access to energy we see that they are currently in an energy transition with three major developments, namely the 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 gives us a lot of knowledge of the African market and makes 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 growing energy developments in Africa; Africa’s sustained economic growth will result in an increasing energy demand. Africa has the important energy resources like both fossil fuels and renewable source available, which could help to meet this energy demand.

Why did you decide to exhibit at African Utility Week?
For us the African Utility Week is the leading organisation bringing together the largest number of African utility representatives. This is a unique opportunity for us to share our knowledge, present our skills in the field of future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies and to meet with clients and new partners.

What will be your main message for the African Utility Week delegate and visitor?
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 about 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 the African Utility Week. DNV KEMA’s Business Line Directors will be available at our stand and inform you all about the latest developments with regard to the energy transition.