Dubai-based power rental company Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power has opened a new branch in Johannesburg, South Africa, that will act as a regional hub also serving Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Steven Meyrick, a board representative for Altaaqa Global, said the global outlook for the rental power industry had been encouraging, and that the company saw merit in capitalising on this positive environment for growth with strategic market and geographic expansion.

“With this recent feat, we believe that we are on our way to fulfilling, even exceeding, the highly ambitious objectives we set at the launch of our company in 2012,” Meyrick said.

Altaaqa opened its first regional office in Africa in April this year, selecting Nairobi as the hub for all of its operations in the east, where GN Peter den Boogert noted, “business activities are flourishing and the economy has been thriving throughout recent years.”

Strategic accounts director Majid Zahid added, “Southern Africa has a promising outlook within energy, engineering, oil and gas, and mining sectors, and we are delighted to open our new office in Africa to provide our wide range of highly innovative interim power plants.”

Hendrick Mtemeri, a power distribution veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the power utility industry, has now been appointed as the company’s Sub-Saharan director, while Paul Heyns and Oduor Omolo have been appointed to South Africa and Eastern Africa, respectively.

Altaaqa Global, which is part of the Caterpillar dealer Zahid Group, has a total power fleet of around 1400 MW, including the assets of its sister power company in Saudi Arabia.