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UK engineers boost clean energy shift ahead of UK-Africa Summit

Liverpool engineering company Clarke Energy is helping African businesses reduce their carbon emissions by using innovative hybrid engines.

During a visit to Merseyside on 15 January 2020, the UK’s International Development Minister, Andrew Murrison, opened a new engine repair workshop at the company, which will make power plants across Africa more efficient and support Africa’s drive for clean energy.

Opening the workshop, Minister Murrison met the Overhaul and Repair Centre Manager, Dave Nicholls, to see first-hand how high efficiency gas engines are being repaired in Knowsley in Merseyside and sent back to African nations.

Similar units being deployed across Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon improve the reliability of power to businesses and communities, helping to keep the lights on and power flowing in countries with unstable energy systems.

Dr Murrison also announced a new DFID-funded testing lab for solar products ensuring that solar panels and appliances meet global standards and households have access to good quality, reliable clean energy.

Following his visit, the Minister said: “From powering hospitals in London to a mosque in Algeria, Clarke Energy is just one great example of how UK businesses—including those from Liverpool—are already leading the way in investing in Africa.”

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The UK-Africa Investment Summit, taking place on 20 January 2020 in London, will forge closer trading partnerships to deliver more investment, jobs and growth benefitting people and businesses across Africa and the UK.

Touring the engineering company, Minister Murrison learned about the business’ ambition to change the future of Africa’s energy supplies and the use of green energy across the continent.

He heard how Clarke Energy’s new power generation projects in Kano, Northern Nigeria will provide energy to businesses, reduce emissions and benefit whole communities.

Alex Marshall, director for marketing and compliance at Clarke Energy said: “The knowledge the UK Government has both locally in the North West of England and across Africa is outstanding and helped us to navigate what can be a tough market with political considerations, language and cultural differences.”

The visit comes ahead of the UK-Africa Investment Summit, which will bring together the UK and African leaders, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

By 2050, more than 2 billion people will live in Africa and 1 in 4 global consumers will be African. Businesses like Clarke Energy are ensuring that the British economy is seizing this opportunity and are investing in the trading partners of the future today.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.