“MarelliMotori: with Africa’s natural resources and our global experience, we can as a team bring to the table affordable and rapid solutions from design to operation.”


Exclusive interview with Dean Pratt, MarelliMotori’s Regional Manager Africa.  MarelliMotori is a longstanding platinum sponsor of Clean Power Africa, taking place in Cape Town in May.

What Marelli projects are you most excited about?

1: The Carlyle Group support for further expansion

2: Business segment boosted by the introduction of our Malaysian manufacturing facility

3: last year MarelliMotori signed a frame agreement with CATERPILLAR

4: Oil and Gas motors (power expansion through the recent development of 450 frame – exceeding 800kW)

5: IEC Ex meaning O&G products to be internationally approved

6: IE3 high efficiency motors

7: Larger machines with weight up to 60 Tons, for applications such as hydro, steam, gas turbines and marine can now be built due to the recent Italian factory expansion

8: Additional testing capabilities due to the recent Italian factory expansion

9: Expansion of co-generation applications (larger units – UL field complaint)

10: Innovative solutions for our marine division (hybrid motor generator, larger water jacket motors, variable speed generators)

What makes Marelli competitive in this market?

1: Global presence

2: Flexibility in our approach to customer needs

3: Independent Manufacturer

4: Quality

5: Standard to customized solutions

6: Minimum total cost of ownership

7: Service

What do you see as the major challenges in the utility sphere?

1: Bureaucracy

2: The availability of finance

3: lack of planning

4: lack of maintenance/ skills

What is your vision for the energy sector?

We are very excited. The IEA (International Energy Agency) expects energy demands to increase by 50% over the next years. Africa and Asia are in desperate need of energy.

What are the main challenges to incorporating energy into mainstream society?

1: Bureaucracy

2: Environmental issues

3: The availability of finance

4: Costs

What opportunities do you see in South Africa/Africa?

The opportunities are endless. As mentioned earlier Africa is in desperate need of energy. Africa has an abundance of natural resources (sun, water & gas) to name a few. These opportunities could be fast tracked if there was less bureaucracy.

Why did you decide to partner with Clean Power Africa again?

1: Networking opportunities with some of Africa’s decision makers.

2: Seminars to showcase our latest developments.

3: The AUW has continued to improve (we have partnered with them for the last 5 years) and has evolved into a world class event.

What will be your specific message at the event?

Less bureaucracy. With Africa’s natural resources and our global experience, we can as a team bring to the table affordable and rapid solutions from design to operation.

Anything you would like to add?

1: Our local presence in South Africa reaffirms our commitment to the African continent

2: We are busy with hydro projects in Africa

3: We are busy within steel mill sector in Africa

4: We are busy in the Oil & Gas sector in Africa


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