Mr. Pierre-Yvan Gravière, Head of Africa Power & Energy Vertical market for Bolloré Logistics, answers a few questions in view of our presence at the 19th Africa Energy Forum, held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, from June 7-9, 2017.
Q1 - Are there any African countries you are particularly excited about in terms of their energy development potential over the next few years?
Africa has seen a tremendous growth in terms of energy projects in last few years. Many African countries are involved and we fortunately have our own teams in 43 African countries which enable us to follow our clients nearly everywhere on the continent. Please let me list only list a few of them Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, Benin, Ethiopia, Rwanda…
Some of the grid projects involve several countries and our presence associated with corridor management allow us to participate in regional interconnexion projects.
Q2 - What advice would you give to new investors on the continent?
We would definitely advise them to be patient and resilient and to be careful and select experienced local partners.
They also shall not take anything for granted from past experiences. In terms of logistic, feasibility studies and standard operating procedure have proven to be efficient together with continuous operations assessment.
Q3 - Why are you supporting the Africa Energy Forum this year?
It is kind of a unique opportunity where once a year you can meet all the key stakeholders of the power sector at the same place for three days. Indeed, over 2,100 delegates, from 80 countries are expected during those three days.
Being the first Integrated Logistic network in Africa and a market leader in Power project logistics, we have decided to join our clients and business partners on Africa Energy Forum.
We want to show them our dedication to this industry and to share views on ongoing projects.
Q4 - Which companies /organizations are you excited to meet and hear updates from this year?
We look forward to be meeting with the active EPCs, technology provider and developers or those looking at Africa with interest in order to assist them with their development and new projects.
We will be also be pleased to hear from recent development and market update from industry leaders such as Vestas, Wartsila, Siemens, Engie, Schneider Electric, So Energy, Globeleq, Contourglobal, Mainstream and many others…
Q5 - What outcomes do you hope to see from the meeting?
We have joined Africa Energy forum with three main objectives:
- Increase the brand awareness of our company among industry
- Strengthen client relationship and identify new ones as well as benefiting from the large panel of conferences and meetings that will be organized
- Identify specific market trends that could lead us to improve our present offer