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February 3, 2021

ENGIE incorporates divisions in a new MESCATA business

French multinational electric utility company ENGIE has announced that as of 1 January 2021, it has merged its Africa portfolio with the MESCAT division (the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Turkey), forming the enlarged business unit ENGIE MESCATA, headquartered in Dubai, UAE.

By Yoana Cholteeva

ENGIE says that regional offices will be used as part of its updated strategy to keep accelerating the transition towards carbon-neutral economies.

The joining of ENGIE MESCAT and Africa is seen as mutually beneficial, combining scale and expertise with deep market knowledge.

ENGIE MESCATA’s newly-appointed CEO, Sébastien Arbola, said: “Enlarging our geographical scope will allow us to have a much greater impact on the markets where we operate and to better serve our clients as we accompany them in their path towards carbon neutrality.

“Our strategic focus will be on markets that are currently or potentially large, have attractive growth profiles and a transparent and stable regulatory framework. We will maintain a strong local presence to build up-front relationships with our customers and respond to their needs.”

In line with ENGIE’s strategic orientations, ENGIE MESCATA’s activities will revolve around four major priorities: growth opportunities in thermal energy and desalination; growth in renewable energies; investments in energy infrastructure project; and refocus of client solutions on complex, high value-added offers in the countries where it already has a firm presence.

The new direction of ENGIE MESCATA

As part of its updated strategy for international locations, the company has outlined that power generation activities in Africa will be targeting the development of utility-scale generation in four countries: Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, and South Africa.

ENGIE has been present in Africa for over 50 years, during which time the group has installed 3.15GW of power generation capacity in operation and construction.

To optimise partnerships and financing around the energy access activities, the off-grid energy companies Mobisol, Fenix, and Power Corner are now gathered under a single entity, ENGIE Energy Access. They will report directly into ENGIE’s corporate thermal and energy supply division, under the supervision of Arbola.

In the Middle East and South and Central Asia, ENGIE has participated in in the development of power and water facilities for over three decades. With a gross capacity of 30GW of power and 5.5 million m3/day of water production, the company is serving over 40 million people daily with power and 10 million with drinking water from desalination.

Following this, ENGIE will remain committed to providing electricity and water to local populations through sustainable means, like combined cycle gas turbine plants and reverse osmosis.

In the Gulf countries, ENGIE will focus on the successful growth of Tabreed, a UAE-based leader in district cooling that ENGIE has a  40% stake in.

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