January (Manchester), Electrical network monitoring specialists, High Voltage Partial Discharge (HVPD), has placed its first roots in the Middle East with the relocation of one of its senior business development figures and new, co-opted offices at Abu Dhabi-based engineering services provider, Al Mousawi Trading Co LLC.
Samuel Green, who has over ten years’ experience of the Oil and Gas industry, steps into the role of Middle East Sales Manager, having spent the last two years developing HVPD’s customer base in the USA. Samuel’s relocation to Abu Dhabi marks the Manchester-based company’s third satellite office since 2013 after China and Australia respectively. He commented: “I’m thrilled to be here. This is a very good move for us because the market wants and needs HVPD to be here on a permanent basis. This now means that Oil and Gas operators, Heavy Industry and Utilities providers in the region will have market-leading Partial Discharge solutions available on demand to help improve the reliability of their electrical networks.
HVPD manufactures a range of specialist condition monitoring equipment that warns operators about dangerous electrical insulation defects, known as partial discharge, in their high voltage assets. When left un-checked, assets with high Partial Discharge can experience costly and catastrophic in-service failures, posing a physical threat to nearby personnel and to production processes. The company also has a patented solution for monitoring complete electrical networks, including motors located in the ATEX hazardous gas zone, directly from the switchgear. The solution earned HVPD a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.
Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi, General Manager at Al Mousawi Trading Co. LLC in Abu Dhabi, commented: “Samuel’s presence here will benefit local customers to understand the importance of partial discharge monitoring, its commercial and safety benefits and overall contribution to the improving their electrical asset maintenance strategies. Samuel has a great deal of experience in the Oil and Gas market and, by working together, I believe we can further the growth of HVPD in the region.”
Commenting on the significance of the move, HVPD’s Business Development and Test Services Director, Marc Foxall, said: “We’re very excited that Samuel has taken up the challenge to represent HVPD in the Middle East. Samuel brings a wealth of experience to this new position, having worked on major projects in the Middle East for a number of years prior to being with us, and we’re confident this move will enable us to better support our customers, ensuring the local market has access to our technology and global expertise. HVPD has recognised the importance of the Middle East as a key market for many years, with clients such as Saudi Aramco, Dubai Metro, Dubai Petroleum, Total, Dolphin Energy, PDO and Sohar Aluminium, which is why we are pleased to finally make this transition. Through a combination of building on existing projects and working closely with our local representatives Al-Mousawi Trading Co. LLC, we’re confident this new venture will be a great success.”