The Maghreb Market Unit bases its activities on three countries: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. It had 118 employees at the end of 2009, significant growth on the 85 employees in the region at the end of 2008.
Efacec, which has been operating in the Algerian market more than ten years, has primarily developed its activity in this country in the Energy sector, working with a number of companies, including Sonelgaz, the Algerian state energy utility.
In recent years, the supply of products and services has significantly grown in this region, and important deals were made in this region in 2009.
In the Energia area, Efacec obtained in 2009 its largest ever order from Sonelgaz, relative to 220/60kV and 60/30kV substations.
The Automation Business Unit also received orders from Sonelgaz for the supply of command, control and protection systems for four new GRTE substations (Sonelgaz's energy transmission company): Tissemsilt (220/60 kV), Messerghine (220/60 kV), Thniet El Had (60/30 kV) and Sidi Kada (60/30 kV).
The different contracts established with Sonelgaz over the years (extension of the Algiers BCC; automation of Transmission Substations; maintenance and repair of Transformers, etc.) demonstrate the sustainability of Efacec’s businesses in Algeria.
The Transportation Unit also won another Telecommunications and Telematics order, relative to the area of telecommunications operators. The contract is for the supply of 1,500 multiplexing and optical transmission systems, manufactured by Efacec, for the access network of Algerie Telecom.
This order strengthened Efacec’s supply of access network equipment to this customer, which has reinforced its confidence in Efacec products in recent years. Algerie Telecom has already purchased around 4,000 pieces of network access equipment from Efacec, making it the main customer among the telecommunications operators in the Maghreb.
Efacec’s credibility in this market was well illustrated through the visit by the President of the People’s Republic of Algeria to Efacec’s facilities in Matosinhos (Arroteia), in June 2005.
The Moroccan market is likewise one of extensive focus for Efacec. In this market, where the company has a strong presence in the Transportation area, Efacec has developed other important business areas, particularly in the field of Automation, having received an order in 2009 to supply a SCADA system for Lydec de Casablanca.
In Tunisia, where Efacec has been present for some years, projects which broaden Efacec's activity portfolio in the country continue. The local structure had its human resources strengthened.
In this market, the TRANSTU Manouba line of ONCF - Railways of Morocco (a customer of Efacec for several years) started operations, using two Efacec traction substations, and the company won a contract to supply medium voltage equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture.