Mr. Andri Hugo obtained a B.Eng (Mech) and B.Eng (Hons) (Technology Management) degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He worked for Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) on maintenance optimisation and alternative automotive fuel commercialisation programs. He left SSF as a Senior Engineer for Sasol Gas (New Business Development) where he concentrated on new gas technology applications and the development of new business opportunities. Mr. Hugo was involved in developing Gas Pricing Mechanisms including Transmission (the Mozambican natural gas transmission pipeline tariff mechanisms) and Market Pricing and initiated commercial natural gas vehicle programs. He was further responsible for formalising strategic initiatives in Sasol Gas and was actively involved in coordinating R&D, Sales Team and strategic initiatives.
He also assisted in developing the first South African National Standards (SABS) for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) and related Infrastructure.
Mr. Hugo successfully planned, developed and commercialised a natural gas vehicle program in Mozambique, in partnership with the Government of Mozambique. AutoGás remains the exclusive provider of commercial services for the NGVs in Mozambique with a few hundred public transportation vehicles utilising compressed natural gas (CNG), including the Maputo municipal bus fleet.
The valuable experience gained from the Mozambican technology transfer program enabled him to successfully establish NOVO Energy, South Africa’s first commercial NGV and CNG company. NOVO Energy is an integrated natural gas company providing comprehensive NGV, industrial and power solutions as well as related services utilising pipelines, CNG technology and future LNG.
Mr. Hugo’s 22 years of experience in the energy industry and his involvement in new business development and commercialisation of sustainable energy technologies has been the cornerstone to establish the NGV and CNG industry in southern Africa. He has an extensive network in the southern African energy industry as well as globally with technology providers.