About us


Emineo was founded in 2007 by a team of eight engineering professionals who had been working together for 20 years delivering projects in the cane sugar and related industries on the African continent.
The company has since attracted many young and talented engineers and technicians, providing a strong engineering and project realisation capability, and has built up a comprehensive list of references and achievements.


Our mission is to help our clients to undertake successful projects by providing reliable, innovative and competitive engineering solutions and project realisation services.

Core Values

  • Making things happen
  • Safety first
  • Improving and learning
  • Teamwork
  • Caring for people
  • Integrity



Chief Executive Officer
Joel holds a Mechanical Engineering diploma from the school of Technikon in Cape Town. He started his career in 1991 as site engineer in Mauritius…

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He started his career in 1991 as site engineer in Mauritius, after which he rapidly took the role of workshop Manager for the same employer for about 7 years, supervising the fabrication of small and large process equipment, structures and pipes for the agro-industry. He then enlarged his responsibilities, managing both fabrication and construction activities for a few years. His broad knowledge base has ultimately led him to take a Project Management role and he has since managed multiple industrial projects in Mauritius and across Africa. He has developed expertise in contracts management and is proficient with international contract models such as FIDIC. He is an Executive Director of Emineo.


Technical Director
Nicolas holds a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He started his career in 1994 in Mauritius as design engineer…

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He started his career in 1994 in Mauritius as design engineer for a local manufacturing company, and has since acquired extensive experience in Design and Process Engineering of Sugar plants. He has led the design team on numerous expansions and Greenfield projects, with strong ‘on-site’ personal involvement. From entire factories surveys at the project conceptual stage, to providing technical solutions during the construction and commissioning stages, he has developed a practical and ‘hands-on’ approach to plant design. He has also been instrumental in developing and fine-tuning Emineo’s proprietary equipment such as our Whole Stick Shredder. He is an Executive Director of Emineo.


Operations Manager – Manufacturing & Site Installations
Jeega is a Mechanical Engineering technician with above 25 years of experience in manufacturing and construction.

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He has occupied various positions in the early days of his career, from site supervisor, to field engineer and project administrator. He started his management experience by leading a large workshop for the fabrication of cane preparation and sugar processing equipment. He has since spent most of his time in construction management roles, having worked in 7 African countries, where he has led large construction teams. He has successfully managed the construction of sugar factories, refineries, distilleries and bagasse/coal fired power stations. He has extensive experience in the erection and commissioning of large process equipment, structures, conveyors and process piping.

Richard CHOW

Operations Manager – Procurement & Logistics
Richard holds a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Project Management. He has above 20 years of experience in the engineering and consulting sector…

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He has above 20 years of experience in the engineering and consulting sector, with 15 years in Procurement and logistics management roles specifically. Over the years he has develop an extensive contact list of suppliers, manufacturers and freight companies worldwide, with a strategic focus towards India, China, South East Asia and South Africa. He has led the procurement and logistics effort on a number of major projects across the African continent, and delivered materials and equipment on time to difficult sites.

Emmanuel LAMUSSE

Engineering Manager
Emmanuel is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Toulouse, France.

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He started his career in 1996 as site engineer in Mauritius. In 1997, he joined a local engineering & manufacturing company as design engineer and acquired a vast experience in design and manufacture of sugar plant equipment, storage tanks and supporting structures. He is fully conversant with all aspects of engineering calculations and generation of plant layouts, P&ID’s, isometrics as well as workshop drawings required for project implementation. With the design team, he has carried out surveys on many sites both in Mauritius and in African countries in order to engineer technical solutions for factory expansion projects or green field projects. He currently holds the position of Engineering Manager.


Proposals Manager
Vikash holds a Btech in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mauritius and Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Project Management

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He has started his career in 1994 as trainee engineer in an engineering company where he has had experience in mechanical drafting, design, site engineering, project administration and site administration before fulfilling the role costing and proposal engineer. Vikash has extensive experience in both manufacturing and site work management. Vikash joined Emineo in 2007 and has held positions of construction manager on several projects before taking the role of proposals engineer and later Proposals Manager.


Projects Manager
Michael holds a bachelor in Chemical / Sugar Engineering from the University of Mauritius.

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He started his career in 1996 in Mauritius as a sugar engineer for a local sugar factory, after which he held the position of Deputy Manager of a thermal power plant in Mauritius for about 4 years. His experience in sugar, engineering and management has led him to various project management and construction management roles in the sugar industry. Michael joined Emineo in 2009. He has since participated in numerous industrial projects in Mauritius and across the African continent.


Our Team

30 Permanent staff consisting of 15 engineers and a mix of technical and non-technical staff who manage up to 250 contracted labour


De Smet Engineers & Contractors (DSEC) is a privately held limited liability company incorporated in Belgium in 1989.

It has an established reputation as General Contractor, specializing in the agro-industrial fields such as Sugar, Edible Oil, Biofuels and Biochemicals supporting their clients worldwide in their development, from conceptual study to complete project management.

Harel Mallac Group With its origins dating back to 1830, Harel Mallac has pioneered important sectors of the Mauritian economy, and operates today in Manufacturing and Trading, Business Services and Asset Management. With activities expanding on the African continent, namely in Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia, Harel Mallac employs some 1,200 people. It is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius since 1956.

UILUnited Investment Limited (UIL) is an investment holding company based in Mauritius and quoted on the Mauritian Development and Enterprise Market (DEM).

The company’s investment portfolio comprises unquoted Mauritian and regional companies operating in various sectors.

Universi Limited

Universi Limited is a holding company owned by Emineo’s Founders and Senior Managers.