Solvina is an engineering company with headquarters in Gothenburg. The company provides know-how and methods to enhance performance and availability in the power and process industries such as Power System Analysis, Process Control, Energy Optimization Solutions, Island Operation, Nuclear Systems Engineering, Courses and Training.
Solvina joined the Energy Delegation to Cape Town that was jointly arranged in May 2015 by Business Sweden and Swedish Embassies in a number of sub-Saharan countries. tHe visit included B2B meetings between representatives from sub-Saharan utilities and participating Swedish companies. During one of these meetings, discussions were initiated between Zesco, one of the Zambian utility companies and Mr Amer Omanovic, CEO of Solvina.
The delegation trip resulted in business
The delegation trip to Cape Town took place in May and by December Solvina had received its first order from Zesco.
"The trip was decisive for our offering in Africa and the meetings with the companies that Business Sweden matched us with were invaluable. Accomplishing this on our own would have taken us one year and would have cost us 20 times as much”, says Amer Omanovic and continues:
”Today two thirds of Zambia´s population lack electricity. Through this cooperation, we will contribute to increasing Zesco´s know-how so that they can extend the country´s grid in a more cost-effective way”.
Long-term commitment to Africa
One important hurdle for developing countries is often the high cost of software which hinders companies to develop their competence. Therefore, Solvina has offered their software program Simpow for power systems analysis together with training at a considerably lower price.
”We think long-term and see that our commitment can spread to other parts of Africa. With our support, Zesco can now adjust and optimize the construction themselves. This is cost effective and helps raise the level of competence at Zesco," says Amer Omanovic.
"Promoting Swedish energy solutions in Africa is of top priority to Business Sweden, and an area where we work closely with Swedish embassies and other other Team Sweden members. Shortly, we will be launching a special program in order to further increase the support to Swedish energy companies," says Staffan Arbring, Trade Commissioner for South Africa.