The Service Sector Enables Angola’s Energy Expansion

The role that service industries play in the support and operationalization of the southern African country’s energy industry is vital, given the many major developments expected to come online in the medium-term, such as a 343 km-long, 400 kV central-south transmission line and the application of streamlined program for project design and implementation.

As part of the first phase of Angola’s Energy Sector Efficiency and Expansion Program (ESEEP), sustainable energy solutions firm, Power Africa, has partnered with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Angola to develop critical transmission infrastructure in the country. This includes the construction of a transmission line from Huambo, in west-central Angola, to the southwestern city of Lubango, creating an integrated power network to connect the northern, central, and southern parts of the country. Power Africa’s support to the program will include professional services in the form of technical expertise and capacity-building and specifically for Angola’s national electricity transmission company, Empresa Rede Nacional de Transporte de Electricidade, which will complete the central-south transmission line project. The conceptual design for the 400 kV transmission line and associated infrastructure has been reviewed by the AfDB-approved venture between engineering consulting companies, Colenco Consulting, from Nigeria, and Decon International, from Germany.

Angola’s impressive economic growth rate in recent years has been spurred by its oil and gas industry. As such, the industry is reliant on service industries that assist in the testing, inspection, and certification of its facilities together with quality assurance, and processes in line with global standards. In this regard, inspection services company, SGS Angola, has operated in the country since 1985, and offers a wide range of services to oil companies, traders, petroleum refiners, fuel transporters, and distributors, alike. SGS Angola aids the energy industry to simplify and optimize its processes, is fully aligned to regulations and operates safely and efficiently.

With expertise in the areas of human resource solutions and realty, Angolan consultancy, Brimont, offers practical solutions that guide clients through the strategic development of projects, risk management and meeting international and local compliance standards. With completion scheduled for March 2023, Brimont currently has new offices and a warehouse under construction in the city of Soyo, situated near the future Soyo Refinery, set to offer the integrated refinery a prime opportunity to benefit from the company’s wide range of experience in human resource management, strategy, and realty.

Operating from its office in Luanda, health and security risk management company, International SOS, offers Angola’s energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors medical and health services via an extensive network of over 13,000 employees led by over 5,700 medical professionals and 3,200 security specialists across the globe. International SOS’s clients in Angola include but are not limited to, oil and gas supermajors, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and bp; oilfield service companies, Haliburton, Baker & Hughes, and Schlumberger; deepwater drilling company, Seadrill; engineering and technology solutions company, Ensco; and oil and gas exploration company, Cobalt.

Co-owned by Brazilian telecommunications company, Oi; investment company, Helios; and Angolan national oil company, Sonangol, telecommunications company, Unitel, is Angola’s largest mobile operator and leads the way in innovative technology services. In early-2022, Unitel and Chinese technology giant, Huawei, collaborated for the deployment of green energy solutions at select mobile sites in an effort to establish green networks with minimal operational expenditure and to deliver more energy-efficient, low-carbon networks, advancing Angola’s strategy for sustainable development.

Angola’s energy industry is highly dependent on the predictable and reliable manufacture, distribution, and supply of energy, deeming it imperative for service companies to support the industry and in doing so, contribute towards the expansion of energy projects and growth.

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Shuaib Van Der Schyff

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