25 March 2011: Durban, South Africa - Aggreko, the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, opened its second South Africa service centre in Durban yesterday (Thursday). The new facility is situated in Riverside Business Park on Prince Umhlangane Road and will enable Aggreko to meet demand for rental power and temperature control in the KwaZulu-Natal area.
Aggreko CEO Rupert Soames formally inaugurated the depot with over 100 guests in attendance, including former South African rugby union international Pieter Muller. James Shepherd, Managing Director, Aggreko South & East Africa, focussed on how important the new depot would be for Aggreko’s increased activity in the region: “South Africa, and Africa as a whole, has been an increasingly important region for Aggreko. Aggreko has made a significant investment in its business in South Africa over the past few years, which is a sign of our continuing commitment to the developing economy of the country.”
The service centre will primarily serve the shipping and manufacturing sectors around Durban, but will also bring Aggreko's turn-key rental packages to the oil and gas, mining, construction and events industries. A key benefit of such packages is in helping companies deal with power outages and load shedding, guaranteeing their power supplies and reducing the risk of power reduction penalties.
Aggreko has been active in the region for over 15 years, and operates a continent-wide training programme to ensure projects are staffed with local employees. Through the company’s continued investment and social responsibility programs, Aggreko is committed to creating jobs and bringing benefits to the communities in which it operates. As a part of this commitment, Aggreko presented donations totaling R50,000 to three local charities during the service centre launch. The benefiting charities were: the Vukani Community Project, the South African Rugby Legends Association and the National Sea Rescue Institute.
Awareness of the company and its services in South Africa reached new heights in 2010, as it became the sole provider of power to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Martin Foster, Country Manager, South Africa, commented on the location of the company’s new facility: “The new facility is ideally located to service the ports and shipping industry in Durban and Richards Bay. In addition, we are well positioned to service the numerous industrial areas of the greater Kwa Zulu-Natal area. We will be continuing to ensure that we employ and train locally as much as possible, as we are committed to being a part of South Africa's future growth and development.”