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Firnas Shuman provides technical consulting, resource measurement, and environmental and social compliance to power generation and transmission projects. The firm employs a diverse, multinational group of experienced mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineers and environmental professionals, working to support the development of environmentally friendly energy sources in a cost effective way.

Firnas Shuman seeks to aid that transition by providing its services to those who plan, build, finance, own, or operate power generation and transmission infrastructure. The company have worked with governments, national utilities, international financial institutions, development agencies, private banks, and private developers.

The three main areas of activities of Firnas Shuman are:
 Technical consulting: The team provides owners, lenders, and independent engineer services to wind, solar, gas and small hydropower plants. Engaged in the entire process, from early feasibility studies, through to financial closure, construction supervision, commissioning, performance testing and witnessing, and operations monitoring.

 Resource measurement: Supplying, installing and operating meteorological stations in common as well as remote and harsh environments. We conduct full-service measurement campaigns to deliver high-quality data to our clients.

 Environmental and social compliance: Providing services to utilities and lenders, helping financiers and developers implement their projects to global environmental and social standards.

How does this relate to agriculture?
Agriculture has always been a very important activity in human history. Without it, there would be no supply food, no livestock and essentially no human life. The shared goal of every country is to have a stable agricultural sector which ensures food security for its population. Food security prevents dietary deficiency, which is believed to be one of the major problems that a lot of African countries are facing.

Energy and agriculture are intimately connected; crops grow using water, and water is moved to land from nearby water bodies (or extracted from ground wells) using energy. Therefore, a country’s energy usage grows as more and more agricultural activity is pursued, and consequently agricultural development translates into an energy security issue.

In order to sustainably develop agriculture, countries need to emphasize on the utilization of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biogas. This requires the assessment of a country’s available renewable resources, project development, technical design and financial feasibility study and the expert capabilities to do all of this.

Based in Egypt, worked in over 25 countries all over Africa and Middle East, including (among others): Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius and South Africa. Firnas Shuman has the expertise to help clients, including the ones in the African agriculture sector, secure their energy needs in a sustainable way.

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