EnerMech Makes Its Mark in Africa with Hydraulics Launch

EnerMech has marked the opening of a Hydraulic Product & Services division to service the African energy, power and mining sectors with a successful Open Day at its Cape Town base in Paarden Eiland.

The experienced team is headed up by Hydraulics Manager for Africa, Faiek Fredericks, and adds to EnerMech’s integrated services offering which includes Cranes & Lifting, Valves, Process, Pipeline & Umbilicals (PPU), Industrial Services, Equipment Rental and Specialist Training Services.

EnerMech employs more than 90 people in Africa and has a presence in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, DR Congo and Angola.
The company has recently expanded its Paarden Eiland facility, which acts as a hub for all African operations, to include new hydraulics, valves and cranes maintenance and servicing workshops.
“What is unique to our operations here in Cape Town is our hydraulics shop where customers can walk in and not only source hydraulic hose, fittings and equipment from reputable suppliers – but they can have components made up virtually while they wait,” explained Faiek Fredericks.

A specially created system (EnerMech Live) allows customers to have enhanced visibility of integrity data through web connectivity, as well as offering superior criticality assessments leading to optimised inspection programmes.
“Backed by these resources we have the ability to design and supply turnkey systems, in addition to providing an extensive range of complementary services that will make us the market leader in this region,” adds Fredericks.
EnerMech has a 40 year heritage in providing hydraulics services to the international energy sector and it believes the African market will welcome its integrated approach to supplying allied services and expertise which place an emphasis on delivery while introducing time and costs savings.

EnerMech’s first entry to the African market came with the 2012 acquisition of Cape Town-based Water Weights SA, which introduced crane load testing into EnerMech’s services portfolio. This was followed in 2014 by the acquisition of Control Valve Technology which provides servicing, refurbishment and sales of control and safety valves across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The company has also established a strong track record in Africa for its PPU division, having delivered several successful projects in Congo, Nigeria and South Africa.
EnerMech has committed to a three-year £20 million investment programme to establish a strong infrastructure in Africa and significant capital expenditure has gone in to sourcing equipment and recruiting experienced personnel to develop the company’s seven business lines and building in-country capability across a number of important African energy hubs.

Fredericks added: “Most of the services we offer are related to each other and clients can benefit from having one committed and experienced provider supplying all of these services, rather than dealing with several companies who can offer only one of their requirements.

“We provide a complete service which is growing exponentially in popularity due to our global reputation, uncompromising focus on safety, quality, professionalism and fast turnaround time of parts and engineering services.”