May 19, 2020

Green Energy Norway to invest $186 million in Cameroon natural gas power plant

Cameroon
private sector
African Development Bank
Natural Gas
mahlokoane percy ngwato
2 min
Green Energy Norway to invest $186 million in Cameroon natural gas power plant

Green Energy Norway Cameroun announced that it will be investing over $186 million into Cameroon's energy sector towards the creation of a 300MW natural gas plant.

Cameroon’s power output is insufficient; it currently meets less than half of its energy needs according to recent Reuters reporting. The plant, which has received funding mainly from the private sector, is expected to reach completion within six months,

Earlier this year global power service provider Altaaqa Global installed and commissioned two temporary natural gas power plants in Logbaba and Ndokoti (Bassa) in just 21 days. The power plants have a joint capacity of 50MW.

RELATED: Tower Resources' $43 Million quest for oil and gas in Cameroon

Cameroon is heavily reliant on hydropower which contributes an estimated 60 percent to the country’s total installed 1,400MW capacity. While this method of energy generation is effective and sustainable, it is subject to fluctuations, as water levels can vary, especially due to the onset of global warming.

Cameroon received its first independent renewable energy power producer, JCM Greenquest Solar, in January when it to developed a 72MW solar photovoltaic plant. The grant was awarded by the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa in 2014 which, according to the African Development Bank, will cover environmental and social assessments as well as technical, legal and financial advisory services.

RELATED: Can natural gas reduce South Africa's dependence on coal?

What is happening in Cameroon is another example of how the private sector is working to help African states diversify their energy portfolios in the face of massive growth, both in terms of populations and industrialisation.

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SOURCE: [ESI Africa]

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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