British company Clarke Energy chooses Nigeria to install its first generator assembly plant in West Africa
Clarke Energy is a multinational specialist in engine based power plants. It wants to expand its business operations into West Africa and will begin this in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the biggest city in Africa with over 21 million people. It has a rapidly growing generator market as more and more of its citizens seek electrical power. In many areas of the city generator power is the only option.
Lagos will be the first African country to do business with Clarke Energy. Following and investment of £650k (€730), the company plans to install 700 kw Kohler-SDMO diesel generators at various sites around the city. The Lagos assembly plant will be the first of its kind in Africa, marking the start of a long term commitment to African continent. However the company is represented 14 countries across Africa including Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Says Clarke Energy;
Nigeria installs about 20,000 diesel units a year but only 15% of the current market share is imported because of government imposed import taxes. It was therefore essential to install a local plant to ensure competitiveness and profitability while maintaining the highest manufacturing standards with trained technicians in the UK and France.