Bangalore-based TCE to tap African markets
Deccan Herald 26 September 2008
Johannesburg: Bangalore-based TCE Consulting Engineers
Limited is planning to enhance its operations in Africa
through collaborations in electricity generation and
The company, which is one of India's leading consulting
engineering firms, has already started providing its
expertise to the South African electricity producing
and distributing company ESKOM.
"Our engineers are working here to assist the
state-owned company in making power system studies and
also developing the distribution system into a more
robust one", R Srinivasan, Executive Director and
Chief Operating Officer, TCE Consulting Engineers Limited,
told Deccan Herald.
"We have started this operation six months back
with five engineers and within a couple of months we
will bring another 20 experts to jack up our activities
here," he said.
TCE, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Limited,
would also look for local partners to start ventures
for providing engineering consultancy services. According
to Srinivasan, dearth of skilled manpower in South Africa
and expertise in setting up coal-based power plants
would be the USP of TCE to get a strong foothold.
"Our proficiency in English language and the very
fact that Indian legal and financial framework is similiar
to the European systems have always helped us in our
ventures in Africa," he added.
TCE is also providing expertise for setting up a hydro
power generation plant in Zambia, a joint venture between
Tata Africa and Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation.
The company would also explore options beyond the electricity
sector and would look into collaboration in the mining
"We can invite South African companies to come
to India to provide engineering consultancy services
in the mining sector," he said adding that TCE
also expects to establish offices in Qatar, Oman and
the US shortly.