Ndwamise is Shell Lubes Direct Sector B2B Marketer at Shell South Africa, who are returning as platinum sponsors at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May.
1. Let’s start with any particular projects in the energy sector that Shell is excited about currently?
In the last five years, Shell has launched two new ranges of products for the Power sector – Shell Diala S4 for use in Transformers and Shell Turbo S4, our premium turbine oil range. In South Africa, we have been working closely with Eskom to conduct field trials for Shell Diala S4. We have had confirmation from Eskom that they approved the use of Shell Diala S4 ZX-IG in their fleet of transformers. We have also supplied a number of projects in South Africa with our premium turbine oil, Shell Turbo S4, which provides superior performance in a number of key areas, compared to competitor oils.
In Africa, we have supplied a number of projects with both ranges, notably the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project and the Mega project in Egypt.
2. Where in Africa are you focusing for growth?
In Africa, we have a well-established Shell presence in South Africa, Egypt and Libya. We are also present through the joint venture between Shell and Vivo Lubricants B.V. (SVL) for continental Africa with both companies pursuing growth opportunities in the power sector.
3. What are the main challenges in the industry at the moment in your view?
In South Africa, the key challenge is providing sustainable power supply to the population, with aging infrastructure. This in turn leads to the challenge of lowering costs to produce, distribute and transmit power for our customers. Shell aims to help its customers with sustainable lower total cost of ownership of their assets, through Shell’s sector expertise and industry knowledge in addition to our technology-leading products.
4. How do you see the role of renewables and community scale generation projects going forward?
We foresee these projects assisting in providing power to communities that are struggling with access to sufficient power. Shell has a full range of products to support independent power producers who use stationary engines as a source of power generation such as Shell Mysella for gas engines and Shell Argina for diesel engines. Shell is also investing in renewable energy through the newly formed Shell New Energies division and in 2018, will introduce a refreshed portfolio of lubricants in Africa for use in Wind Turbines, including a new premium wind turbine gearbox oil, Shell Omala S5 Wind.
5. What surprises you about the energy industry?
Shell is continually investing in this evolving industry and helping customers to create value.
6. What is your vision for this sector?
Shell’s vision is to drive value with its customers, through trusted partnerships, and provide sustainable total cost of ownership for customers’ assets in the power sector.
We aim to work alongside our customers to deliver quality products, provide high calibre people with extensive technical expertise as well as to deliver lubrication and integrated service solutions that can lower operational and maintenance costs that will ensure our customers can cope with industry challenges.
7. You are a platinum sponsor at African Utility Week again this year, tell us about your contribution.
We are delighted to return for the third time as a platinum sponsor for African Utility Week. In addition to hosting a booth with experts from our global and local business, we are proud to announce Dr. Peter Smith as a speaker for the event. He has over thirty years’ experience in the development of lubricants for use in the sector and will talk about how choosing the right oil is essential in meeting the challenges of the industry, both now and in the future.
8. Shell has been a longstanding supporter of the event, how important is African Utility Week on the utility calendar?
African Utility Week is a high priority event for Shell as it gives us the opportunity to not only connect with manufacturers and utilities in South Africa, but also the wider African continent and also internationally. We are delighted that a number of our customers outside of Africa have also chosen to attend the event.
9. Anything else you would like to add?
We wish that this event will be an important milestone for further development of a safe, reliable and sustainable power supply in Africa.