“Through several successful projects in various African countries and the Middle East, STEG-IS has built a network of trust and lasting partnerships based on a win-win approach and know-how sharing.”

Jamil KorkedExclusive interview with Jamil Korked, Deputy General Manager, STEG International Services (SIS), Tunisia. STEG is the platinum sponsor at the upcoming iPAD Rwanda Power & Infrastructure Investment Forum in Kigali in November. Mr Korked will address the event on “Connecting rural Rwanda: Delivering efficiency and innovation”.

Please can you give us some background on STEG-IS and your current interests in Africa?
STEG International Services (STEG-IS) is a subsidiary of the Tunisian State Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG), founded in 1962 that was succeeded its mission of the electrification of the country. Indeed, Tunisia is one of the few African countries where the rural electrification rate reached more than 99%. Knowing that in 1976 the above rate was only 6%. The electrification program has served as a locomotive to develop a local industry for the manufacture of electrical equipment by the private sector, something that had a ripple effect on the remaining sectors.

STEG-IS is an internationally energy leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public and private sector companies.

STEG-IS’s core activities are focused on electricity and gas market sectors, and its potential clients include mainly the Middle East and African countries.

Since its foundation, STEG-IS has expanded rapidly and developed into a competent, reliable partner and has planned to continue this dynamic growth and further strengthen its position and presence in all energy segments. Thanks to the professional competence, the international reputation of its experts, and to the confidence enjoyed by clients in the quality of its services, STEG-IS is now already widely present in the international energy consulting business.

STEG-IS has the technical organizational and human capacities to implement large and complex projects, either alone or in Consortium with renowned national and international consulting companies. In this respect, STEG-IS offers comprehensive and high-standard engineering and consulting services for all stages of a project.

In Africa, STEG-IS has operated in several countries. The main activities performed include but are not limited to: project planning, studies, network development, control and supervision of works and execution of Rural Electrification projects (EPC) in Tanzania, Senegal, Cameroun and Sierra Leone. The most important one is in Rwanda which includes the electrification of 50 000 households and the construction of 1300 km of distribution network with 500 MV / LV Substations and a major program of support, training and capacity building of the Rwandan Electricity Company EWSA.

What projects that you are involved in at the moment in Africa are you most excited about?
Through several successful projects in various African countries and the Middle East, STEG-IS has built a network of trust and lasting partnerships based on a win-win approach and know-how sharing.

RWANDA: Study, supply and construction of:

  • 54 200 connections
  • 613 km of  MV line
  • 705 km of LV line
  • 518 MV/ LV substations

TANZANIA: Study, supply and construction of:

  • 9621 connections
  • 430 km of  MV line,
  • 293 km of LV line,
  • 126 MV/ LV substations

SENEGAL: Study, technical assistance and supervision of rural electrification concession

  • The project involves building a MV/LV network to electrify 9700 households and operate the network for 25 years, renewable

CAMEROON: Study, supply and construction of:

  • 103 km of MV line,
  • 57 km of LV line,
  • 27 MV/ LV substations

CONGO & CHAD: Engineering Project

  • Supervision of rural electrification works
  • Control and supervision of the construction of a 60 MW power plant
  • Control and monitoring of construction of a transmission network

What makes STEG-IS competitive in this market?
Rich with its specific experience, STEG-IS has developed an approach adapted to the African countries and based on:

  • Sharing of its know-how with sister companies and development of win-win partnerships
  • Electrical systems adapted to the needs of rural areas
  • Use of equipment based on cost efficiency
  • Adoption of the distribution system MALT to allow the single phase distribution (this choice has fast-tracked the completion of electrification projects and reduced delays and costs with about 35%).

What advice would you give prospective investors about Rwanda?
We encourage investing in Rwanda for the following reasons:

  • Political stability and security
  • Good governance and transparency
  • Organized and structured administration
  • High human resources skills
  • Clear objectives of the Government in terms of education, health, poverty reduction and improvement of living standards

What has surprised you about doing business in Rwanda?
We are pleasantly surprised by:

  • Simplified procedures to start business
  • Simplified paperwork
  • Cultured and disciplined people

What will be your specific message at the event?

  • Develop partnerships and south-south cooperation based on win-win approach
  • Capitalize and promote the expertise of STEG-IS with sister and friendly countries mainly Africans

Anything you would like to add?
I would like to thank Rwandan authorities and staff of REG for their cooperation and confidence.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rwandan people for their kindness, their seriousness and their hospitality.