|Altaaqa Global was honored with the Energy Excellence Award during the 2014 Energy Institute Awards in London.|
Altaaqa Global, a provider of temporary power solutions, received the Energy Excellence Award in recognition of its 23-day installation of a 54-MW power plant in Aden, Yemen, at the 2014 Energy Institute Awards. With its entry, “Rebuilding a War-Torn Nation,” Altaaqa Global was chosen to receive the accolade from a pool of nominees that included the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, the U.K. Ministry of Defense, and Open Energy and Aggregate Industries.
Altaaqa Global’s 54-MW project was installed and completed as the country was recovering from the effects of the Arab spring. Built in 23 days, the temporary power plant was able to supply electricity to more than half a million people. The success of the project prompted the government of Yemen to add 50 MW to the existing installation, bringing the total capacity of the power station to 104 MW.
The Energy Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding feat in the energy industry, bannering fresh thinking and strategic and innovative problem solving. To qualify for the award, a company or a project’s attainment should have the greatest impact on all parts of the industry. As the organizers put it, the award spans all the other categories, and it represents the pinnacle of achievements in the energy industry.
“We are proud, yet humbled, to be recognized by the highest energy body in the U.K.,” said Peter den Boogert, general manager of Altaaqa Global. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work the men and women of Altaaqa Global have given to the project, braving security instability and the harshest weather conditions. We, furthermore, extend our sincerest gratitude to the local Yemeni engineers who joined us in completing this historic project.”
Majid Zahid, strategic accounts director of Altaaqa Global, attributed the achievement to the people of Aden, Yemen. “We share this distinction with the people of Yemen, including the country’s leadership, who trusted us with providing the much needed electricity as they were rebuilding their nation. This project met myriad challenges, but we drew the strength and tenacity to go on from their faith and hope. Moreover, this project would not have been as meaningful without the positive response the people of Yemen have shown toward our energy conservation and efficient-usage campaigns.”
Steven Meyrick, board representative of Altaaqa Global, said this recognition would further encourage the company to improve on its processes and take on projects that push the envelope of engineering ingenuity. “This high commendation from the Energy Institute substantiates the progressive steps that Altaaqa Global has been taking toward achieving the highly ambitious goals that we have set for ourselves. We will continue to challenge ourselves in every project we do and to build on the innovation that we have introduced in the past.”
Publication date: 3/2/2015