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Powertech QuadPro catches the trade winds

Released: 16th July 2013

With a R36 million share of Eskom’s new wind farm, Powertech QuadPro has announced its presence in the market.

Its first successful tender under the Powertech QuadPro banner is a huge milestone for the newest company in the Powertech stable. “You can be convinced of your company’s ability to do a job, but unless a customer puts its faith in you by awarding a contract, it’s all just talk,” says Harry Browne, CEO of Powertech QuadPro.

Winning this contract shows that Powertech QuadPro is spot on with the value it offers. Harry describes the substation market as the most competitive he has ever experienced. “South African projects attract between 12 and 15 bidders, which was unheard of a few years ago. It has become exceptionally difficult to win a job, and pricing is crucial.”

The African market displays similar trends. Recently in Rwanda, for example, Powertech QuadPro was up against 17 bidders, many of them from Europe and Asia. “That tells me there is no work in Europe,” says Harry.

Against this backdrop, Harry is justifiably proud of winning the bid to deliver a 132/11kV substation for Eskom’s Sere wind farm project near Vredendal in the Western Cape. The value of the contract is R36 million.
 

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