Pragma, a South African-based group of companies which partners with its clients to optimise the management of their physical assets, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract in Indonesia.
“Pragma Acuity has been appointed to implement asset management structuring across the generation operations of PJB Power (based in Jakarta) throughout Indonesia,” says Dean Griffin, Partner Consultant of Pragma Acuity. “This structuring will take place in line with the British Standards Institute’s PAS 55 – 2008 specification, and we are working through an Indonesian consulting company called MTS.”
The assessment period starts at the beginning of December, and the project will provide two to three years’ work in the electrical generation environment.
Despite the economic downturn, Pragma has shown positive growth and is currently also establishing operations in the United States, South America and Europe. Pragma has built up an attractive resumé of clients. Some of its larger contracts are in the manufacturing, mining and power industries.
“In Europe, Pragma is working with a polymer processing and manufacturing company called Kemetyl which has about 22 plants across 16 European countries. We have asset care centres running for them, and we assist them with their asset management consulting,” Griffin adds.
For the last two years, Stefan Terblanche, Acuity Partner Consultant, has been working with Anglo American assisting in the development and rolling out of the asset management framework for the Anglo mines in South America.
“In South Africa, Pragma has good relations with Anglo American and has done a lot of work for De Beers and Anglo Thermal Coal. We also have people working in AngloGold Ashanti, Exxaro and Xstrata,” says Griffin.
“On the power side, Pragma runs asset care centres for Ekurhuleni Electricity’s R24 billion maintenance assets, Nelson Mandela Bay, Ethekwini Electricty and the City of Cape Town. At the City of Cape Town Electrical Support Services the Asset Care Centre has taken the workload from about 300 jobs a year with about R5 million expenditure to 7000 jobs a year and about R120 million in expenditure. The core focus is to provide the expertise, the systems and the people to be able to fulfil that function for the organisations. The company does not have to provide or retain the people ‒ we do all that on an outsourcing basis,” Griffin reveals.
“If you want to be more efficient and effective, we have the mechanism for that. Hopefully tightening the belt works in our favour to some degree, because when times are hard, one looks for more effective ways of doing things with fewer people, and that’s where our consulting fits in perfectly,” concludes Griffin.