Large project implementation is complex and it is often said to be made more challenging by the logistical constraints faced by many projects across Africa.
According to the Zest WEG group, these delays put the most pressure on electrical, instrumentation and control contractors that are expected to complete the roll-out of a project. The company’s subsidiary, EnI Electrical is currently involved in a large copper mine expansion in Zambia, with a focus on helping its clients to meet scheduled startups.
The linking up of electrical infrastructure, connections and equipment is one of the final stages to allow any project to start operating. In this role, EnI Electrical installs a range of electrical infrastructure including medium and low voltage cable reticulation, motor control centres, lighting, earthing protection and energy management systems.
Its control and instrumentation work ranges from process instrumentation and plant automation, to custom control stations and fibre or copper networks. The company also designs and installs overhead power lines up to 161 kV and substations.
The company states that it strives to develop local capacity, with significant in-country investment in technical assets. Its local operation in Zambia was established in 2002 and employs 188 local staff including skilled technical teams. In Ghana, ongoing investment in assets and skills gives it the capability to run up to R300-million in contracts at a given time.
The company emphasises the importance of on-time completion, combined with reliable electricity supply and notes that it is willing to collaborate with other contractors in order to help meet deadlines, present cost effective solutions and complete a project.