Efacec is a company of reference in the area of electricity transformation and distribution in the countries of Southern Africa.
In this region, where the company has activities in Angola, Mozambique and South Africa, important developments were made in 2009 which included, in particular, robust growth in Human Resources from 126 employees at the end of 2008 to 194 at the end of 2009.
Efacec Angola, Lda. has obtained important contracts in the areas of engineering, telecommunications infrastructure, transformers and electrical switchgear, and energy servicing, working with companies such as ENE – Empresa Nacional de Electricidade, EDEL - Empresa de Distribuição de Electricidade and UNITEL.
The business highlights for Angola in 2009 were the establishment of the local Maintenance Unit and orders by EDEL for a mobile substation and two 400 MVA transformers.
In 2006, Efacec reinforced its participation in Efacec Moçambique, Lda., and came to hold 100% of its share capital. The main customers of this company are EDM - Electricidade de Moçambique and various private companies, with important projects in the energy and automation areas, such as the Control Centres of the Maputo electricity network.
In Mozambique, Efacec signed, through the Engineering Unit, the contract in 2009 for the Rural Electrification of the Province of Cabo Delgado. That contract envisages the electrification of the northern coast of Mozambique, from Mocímboa da Praia (at the border with Tanzania) to Palma (100 km from Pemba), with approximately 125 km of 33 kV line and low voltage distribution to adjacent population centres.
In Mozambique, Efacec has been gradually consolidating its position as a major player in energy transmission and distribution projects.
Besides Angola and Mozambique, South Africa is also a priority country of the Southern African market. Consequently, Efacec’s company for South Africa, EFASA Ltd., was created in September 2008.
With offices in Johannesburg, Efacec has already won important business in this market, especially in area of Energy.
Following the first order received for this market by IST/Powertech, a major local installer, the acceptance tests of three Efacec Normacel 11kV panels, for a total of 42 cubicles, were successfully carried out at its plant in Matosinhos, Portugal.
The reception was also attended by representatives of the end customer Johannesburg City Power, South Africa’s largest municipal distributor and one of the largest in southern Africa.
This success led to Efacec, through its switchgear business unit, becoming one of the strongest references in the South African market, enabling the group’s expansion in the region to be leveraged over the next five years, especially through the Switchgear, Transformer, Automation, Renewables and Engineering businesses.