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Africa Energy Indaba Newsletter September 2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG)
Eskom electricity price path is not sustainable, say biggest users
The Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG) has cautioned that the high and continually rising price of electricity — since the first round of tariff hikes in South Africa — will place consumers and business under great pressure in the next few years.

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The EIUG supports the need for a strong and healthy Eskom and recognizes the importance of the power utility to the South African economy. However the EIUG is adamant that there is a pressing need to balance Eskom’s financial health with the affordability of electricity to ensure that consumers do not suffer unduly, and that businesses are able to remain competitive.

As far as the EIUG is concerned, the next scheduled tariff increases will have adverse effects, and far reaching implications for all South Africans. These price increments add additional pressure to Industrial customers to maintain current production levels and further price increases will result in production halts and job losses, which South Africa cannot afford.

South Africa has already seen the effects of rising electricity prices on key business sectors and as a result, the EIUG is undertaking an industry wide impact assessment of the electricity price path. “We have seen a number of refineries and smelters closing down and need to determine how poor the outlook is to ensure South Africa doesn’t shed critically needed jobs”. The EIUG is urging all companies currently concerned about the impact of electricity prices to go to www.eiug.org.za to register to participate in this impact assessment.

Eskom’s results for 2011, released in June, show an expected rise in total revenue by 28.6% on the back of the 24.8% electricity tariff increases last year. But a spokesperson for the EIUG said it was of concern that primary energy costs have increased by 19.8%.The EIUG says this is a significant increase over and above the 17% increase in primary energy seen last year and expects NERSA to conduct an audit to determine the root causes.

In real terms, the average Eskom price this year will be ~50c/kWh. Taking into account that new generation costs about 75c/kWh and adding 30% for transmission and distribution, the electricity price could end up close to a whopping 100c/kWh. Municipal customers will pay more, while Eskom transmission customers will pay less as NERSA has recommended that municipalities charge an extra 15 percent for 2010/11, then 16 percent for each of the next two years.

Taking into account the blending of old and new assets it would be expected that customers should not pay more, and should preferably pay less, than 100c/kWh but Eskom has been allowed to revalue its assets and so the price advantage of blending has been lost.

The EIUG expects the average tariff to settle around 75c to 80c/kWh by 2016, which means that customers can expect another 50% to 60% increase over the next three years. The group, which represents the biggest business energy users in the country, says it should be a priority to hold increases as low as possible, so as to ensure Eskom’s financial sustainability, while ensuring affordability and competitiveness.

The EIUG says Eskom’s results show that the power utility has invested a significant amount of cash in securities, perhaps as a result of borrowing too much cash and having to invest the excess. Clearly, Eskom is not spending as much Capex as expected.

The power utility’s cash position is looking good with interest cover going from 0.83 to 1.54. Ideally, this should be above 2.0 and possibly even 2.5. Debt service cover ratio has gone down slightly from 2.5 to 2, which is acceptable but shouldn’t drop further. The next round of tariff increases will push Eskom’s finances into a very comfortable zone. Regulatory Return on Assets (ROA) is approximately 7.5%, with Eskom and NERSA aiming for 14%. The EIUG says this will increase cash and profitability to unnecessarily high levels and has argued for a ROA target of 11.5% to mitigate the current unsustainable price path.

The debt percentage is around 62%, which is very close to the target of 60%.

Overall, the EIUG says, Eskom’s financial position is looking much better and virtually all financial indicators are improving, but the group cautions that electricity prices must not be “overcooked” or South Africa will suffer.

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Shaun Nel
Director& Founder, BDO Consulting Services

Currently the Programme Director for the Energy Intensive Users Group Programme Office. He was part of the Department of Energy’s IRP 2010 technical task team. He is part of the National Medium Term Risk Mitigation Task Team to address the energy crisis in the medium term. He was previously the Programme Director of the National Electricity Response Team (NERT).

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About the EIUG

Established in 1999, the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of South Africa is a voluntary, non-profit association of large scale, high intensity energy consumers whose members currently account for approximately 44% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa. For more info visit www.eiug.org.za

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CONTACT DETAILS
To secure your participation at this prestigious event, please contact:

Liz Hart
Tel: +27 11 463 9184
Fax: +27 11 463 8432
Email: info@siyenza.za.com

Eskom electricity price path is not sustainable, say biggest users

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Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG)
Eskom electricity price path is not sustainable, say biggest users

The Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG) has cautioned that the high and continually rising price of electricity — since the first round of tariff hikes in South Africa — will place consumers and business under great pressure in the next few years.

The EIUG supports the need for a strong and healthy Eskom and recognizes the importance of the power utility to the South African economy. However the EIUG is adamant that there is a pressing need to balance Eskom’s financial health with the affordability of electricity to ensure that consumers do not suffer unduly, and that businesses are able to remain competitive.

As far as the EIUG is concerned, the next scheduled tariff increases will have adverse effects, and far reaching implications for all South Africans. These price increments add additional pressure to Industrial customers to maintain current production levels and further price increases will result in production halts and job losses, which South Africa cannot afford.

South Africa has already seen the effects of rising electricity prices on key business sectors and as a result, the EIUG is undertaking an industry wide impact assessment of the electricity price path. “We have seen a number of refineries and smelters closing down and need to determine how poor the outlook is to ensure South Africa doesn’t shed critically needed jobs”. The EIUG is urging all companies currently concerned about the impact of electricity prices to go to www.eiug.org.za to register to participate in this impact assessment.

Eskom’s results for 2011, released in June, show an expected rise in total revenue by 28.6% on the back of the 24.8% electricity tariff increases last year. But a spokesperson for the EIUG said it was of concern that primary energy costs have increased by 19.8%.The EIUG says this is a significant increase over and above the 17% increase in primary energy seen last year and expects NERSA to conduct an audit to determine the root causes.

In real terms, the average Eskom price this year will be ~50c/kWh. Taking into account that new generation costs about 75c/kWh and adding 30% for transmission and distribution, the electricity price could end up close to a whopping 100c/kWh. Municipal customers will pay more, while Eskom transmission customers will pay less as NERSA has recommended that municipalities charge an extra 15 percent for 2010/11, then 16 percent for each of the next two years.

Taking into account the blending of old and new assets it would be expected that customers should not pay more, and should preferably pay less, than 100c/kWh but Eskom has been allowed to revalue its assets and so the price advantage of blending has been lost.

The EIUG expects the average tariff to settle around 75c to 80c/kWh by 2016, which means that customers can expect another 50% to 60% increase over the next three years. The group, which represents the biggest business energy users in the country, says it should be a priority to hold increases as low as possible, so as to ensure Eskom’s financial sustainability, while ensuring affordability and competitiveness.

The EIUG says Eskom’s results show that the power utility has invested a significant amount of cash in securities, perhaps as a result of borrowing too much cash and having to invest the excess. Clearly, Eskom is not spending as much Capex as expected.

The power utility’s cash position is looking good with interest cover going from 0.83 to 1.54. Ideally, this should be above 2.0 and possibly even 2.5. Debt service cover ratio has gone down slightly from 2.5 to 2, which is acceptable but shouldn’t drop further. The next round of tariff increases will push Eskom’s finances into a very comfortable zone. Regulatory Return on Assets (ROA) is approximately 7.5%, with Eskom and NERSA aiming for 14%. The EIUG says this will increase cash and profitability to unnecessarily high levels and has argued for a ROA target of 11.5% to mitigate the current unsustainable price path.

The debt percentage is around 62%, which is very close to the target of 60%.

Overall, the EIUG says, Eskom’s financial position is looking much better and virtually all financial indicators are improving, but the group cautions that electricity prices must not be “overcooked” or South Africa will suffer.

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Shaun Nel
Director& Founder, BDO Consulting Services

Currently the Programme Director for the Energy Intensive Users Group Programme Office. He was part of the Department of Energy’s IRP 2010 technical task team. He is part of the National Medium Term Risk Mitigation Task Team to address the energy crisis in the medium term. He was previously the Programme Director of the National Electricity Response Team (NERT).

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About the EIUG

Established in 1999, the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of South Africa is a voluntary, non-profit association of large scale, high intensity energy consumers whose members currently account for approximately 44% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa. For more info visit www.eiug.org.za

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CONTACT DETAILS
To secure your participation at this prestigious event, please contact:

Liz Hart
Tel: +27 11 463 9184
Fax: +27 11 463 8432
Email: info@siyenza.za.com

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WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL AND SANEA TO PARTNER WITH AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2012

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference & Exhibition is delighted to announce that the World Energy Council (WEC) and the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) have adopted the event as their Africa Regional event.  This will result in the Africa Energy Indaba becoming the foremost forum and premier energy event on the African continent.

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“The professional leadership provided by these two key organisations ensures that Africa Energy Indaba receives attention at the highest level both locally and internationally,” says organiser and MD, Liz Hart. “This is critical to ensure that the resolutions proceeding from the conference have a real impact on shaping energy policy, creating business opportunities and informing the debate around Africa’s energy future.”

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the foremost multi-energy organisation in the world, with a global network in more than 90 countries and over 3 000 member organisations including governments, industry and expert institutions, aimed at promoting the sustainable supply and use of energy for the benefit of all.

SANEA, the South African member committee of the WEC, represents a hub for the exchange of energy related information aimed at stimulating original thought and catalysing the transformation of the energy sector and, while rooted in sub-Saharan Africa, is well respected across the entire African continent.

“Africa Energy Indaba 2012 will once again incorporate the conference and exhibition, as well as the WEC African Regional Forum. As in previous years, the conference programme features a line-up of top local and international experts and speakers – including a keynote address by the Secretary-General of WEC – while the exhibition is expected to double in size after a triumphant showcase at this year’s event.”

The quality of presentations and calibre of speakers owes much to SANEA, as chair of the programme steering committee, in identifying relevant topics and the involvement of WEC in engaging expert speakers who represent the world’s foremost influencers in energy,” says Hart. “This ensures that the conference delivers great value for the delegates and enhances the networking opportunities presented by our business matchmaking programme.”

Africa holds significant energy resources and potentially has a high level of energy self-sufficiency for the region as a whole. However, these resources are not well developed to meet the growing needs of the continent,” says Dr Latsoucabé Fall, WEC regional manager for Africa.

Dr Fall adds that Africa Energy Indaba presents a unique opportunity to discuss how Africa’s energy challenges can best be met and to come up with viable solutions for policy-makers and decision-makers in government and industry to accelerate the realisation of a secure energy future for the continent.

SANEA chair, Brian Statham, says, “Africa Energy Indaba is an important event on the regional calendar and we are delighted to be involved, in line with our mandate to strengthen regional insight as part of WEC’s global insight processes.”

ENDS

21 June 2012

Issued on behalf of Africa Energy Indaba

By Siyenza Management

Mabel Modipa

Tel: +27 11 463 9184

Email: mabel@siyenza.za.com

About Africa Energy Indaba 2012

Energy Indaba takes place from February 21 to 23 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg. The event brings together stakeholders from the global energy industry and the financial community, including energy providers, engineers, financial service providers, economists, government representatives and media. Visit www.energyindaba.co.za

About the World Energy Council www.worldenergy.org

About the South Africa National Energy Association www.sanea.org.zalevitra next day delivery

ENERGY INDABA 2011: BRIDGING THE ENERGY GAP IN AFRICA

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Africa has abundant energy resources, far exceeding the region’s requirements, yet two-thirds of its people remain trapped in poverty because they lack access to a stable source of energy to fund socio-economic development. A new energy landscape is emerging in Africa, creating opportunities for business to be part of Bridging the Energy Gap in Africa.

The countdown to Energy Indaba 2011 has begun in earnest, with the event kicking off on Tuesday 1 March to Thursday 3 March at Sandton Convention Centre.

This year’s topical and compelling conference programme once again brings together the foremost experts in the field to debate critical industry issues and find solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, with a dynamic line up of speakers and a programme packed with useful insights into the future of energy in Africa.

The exhibition running alongside the three-day event will showcase the top companies in the world energy sector, who are bringing to market new and innovative technologies, products and services to meet the demand for sustainable, renewable and traditional sources of energy.

“Ensuring sustainable access to energy is one of the major challenges facing the global economy today and is not unique to South Africa,” says Hart. “However, in the African context lack of access to energy impedes socio-economic development, undermining health and stagnating growth.

“South Africa’s recent accession to BRICS opens up enormous opportunities for trade, investment and socio-economic development throughout this resource-rich continent that could deliver millions of people out of poverty. But these opportunities depend on sustainable sources of energy to fuel them.”

Now in its third year, Energy Indaba 2011 holds an important place in the business calendars of policymakers and business leaders from all over the world, and attracts delegates of the highest caliber, who are capable of effecting real change in their spheres of influence.

Prominent speakers include South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Energy Barbara Thompson, and Christoph Frei, the Secretary General of WEC London, as well as Leon Louw, the executive director of the Free Market Foundation.

But, says Hart, Energy Indaba is not just a talk-shop. “There are real opportunities for deal-making, networking, branding-building, knowledge-exchange and capacity-building. Our business matchmaking programme is the ideal space to help participants set up targeted and focused business-to-business meetings with interested parties.”

Energy Indaba 2011 is also proud to host the following side events:
· The World Energy Council (WEC) Regional Africa Meeting from Saturday 26 February to Monday 28 March;

· The Nanotechnology Media Roundtable on Thursday 3 March; and

· The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Science and Technology Programme workshop on Thursday 3 March.

· Delegates will be invited to join a tour of Eskom’s Lethabo Power Plant in Vereeniging on Friday 4 March.

Highlights include the opportunity to network with more than 300 senior energy executives, experts, academics, decision-makers and policymakers creating Africa’s energy future, learn from over 50 expert speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise, and browse more than 100 exhibitors showcasing state-of-the-art energy solutions.

ENDS
February 28 2011
Issued by: Siyenza Management
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
+27 11 463 9184
info@energyindaba.co.za
www.energyindaba.co.za

ENERGY INDABA 2011: FMF’S LEON LOUW TO SPEAK ON THE ECONOMICS OF ENERGY ALTERNATIVES

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Free market guru Leon Louw is billed as one of an impressive line-up of speakers at next week’s Energy Indaba 2011, from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre.

A well-known South African personality, Louw is the executive director of the Free Market Foundation and the Law Review Project and is credited with having had a significant impact on policymaking in South Africa over the course of his 30-year career.

Louw will present on the topic, The Economics of Energy Alternatives, looking at privatisation and deregulation as policy mechanisms for ensuring a stable energy supply. Other prominent speakers include South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Energy, Barbara Thompson, and Christoph Frei, the Secretary General of WEC London.

Now in its third year, Energy Indaba 2011 has earned a reputation as Africa’s foremost energy event, bringing together the leading players in the energy sector the world over, including business, government, NGOs and academics.

The conference programme brings together the foremost experts in the field to debate solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, while the exhibition running alongside the three-day event will showcase the new and innovative technologies, products and services to meet Africa’s energy demands.

ENDS
February 25 2011
Issued by: Siyenza Management
Contact: Liz Hart
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
+27 11 463 9184
info@energyindaba.co.za
www.energyindaba.co.za

About Siyenza Management

Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning “we do” in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.

ENERGY INDABA TO HOST BIOFUELS FOR AFRICA SCI-TECH WORKSHOP

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Energy Indaba 2011 has concluded an agreement with the EU African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Science and Technology Programme to hold a workshop on Sustainable Non-Food Sources of Bio-Fuels alongside this year’s conference and exhibition to be held in March.

The EU ACP Programme has initiated a Science and Technology project to build sustainable, non-food, renewable biofuel supply chains for providing Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration electricity, and identify future feed stocks needed to replace fossil fuels in South Africa, Namibia and Ghana.

The programme aims to bring together academics, professionals, decision-makers and support scheme managers from these African countries and Italy and the UK in a series of workshops to build capacity and identify and stimulate funding for the biofuels industry.

Our Government’s commitment to renewable energy has facilitated several opportunities for the biofuels market in South Africa, giving the ACP
programme and interested stakeholders a strong platform for furthering developments in this industry
,” says Energy Indaba MD, Liz Hart.

The workshop will host a number of local and international industry and research experts in the field of renewable energy and non-food energy sources. The workshop will go further in identifying viable and sustainable renewable energy sources and establishing training programmes in South Africa, to provide a framework for what the organisers hope will accommodate many future projects and programmes in the growing biofuels industry in South Africa.

Non-food biofuels include those based on jatropha plants, which thrive in the African environment, as well as micro-algae and bio-gas from agro-and food wastes. ACP hopes to foster partnerships between energy businesses and farming supply chains, transferring know-how from experienced teams toothers and providing capacity-building for the ACP programme at universities that will train up a new workforce and offer technical expertise, training and research.

“One of the objectives of the programme is to address ACP in-country state-of-preparedness and the ability to respond to new technologies emerging from Europe,” says Professor Patricia Harvey. “Energy Indabais the ideal forum to raise awareness of second-generation renewable biofuels for meeting energy requirements in local communities, and to expand the renewable biofuels debate in Africa.”


For more information visit www.acp-st.eu

www.acp-st.eu or contact info@energyindaba.co.za

As power prices in Africa rise, grid expansion stalls and as grid power availability is constrained, consumers and communities increasingly have to take electricity production into their own hands. In the long term, this is a good thing, and having a portion of electricity coming from decentralised sources is healthy for any grid.

ENERGY INDABA 2011 AIMS TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

The mainstream media have confirmed what industry insiders have known for some time “ South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure yet again, and business and consumers face another round of power cuts and further tariff hikes, necessitating the debate on the security of energy supply, a key topic to be addressed at the 2011 Energy Indaba.

An article on the front page of last week’s Business Times (SA dreads the lights going out yet again, Sunday Times, January 9 2011 at http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article838909.ece/SA-dreads-the-lights-going-out-yet-again) warns that mining will be one of the industries worst affected by possible power outages, while businesses that remain unprepared could face closure.

“This year’s Energy Indaba could not be more timeous,” says event MD Liz Hart. “Business urgently needs to explore solutions to the looming crisis as well as long-term solutions to bridging Africa’s energy gap.”

Energy Indaba 2011 takes place from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre, combining both a conference and exhibition that will bring together the foremost experts in the world, as well as energy providers in both the traditional and alternative markets.

Eskom cannot prevent load shedding on its own and needs the support of all stakeholders. The Energy Indaba embraces the opportunity to identify and showcase companies and their products from the local, African and international marketplace with potential solutions to these challenges. Coupled to this is the need to understand how to become more energy efficient in today’s modern society, which is very energy reliant. Companies from China will be displaying products and services at the Energy Indaba exhibition which provide some of these answers and can assist in the reduction of energy usage. Africa needs to make energy efficiency a reality on this continent, as the investment required for the development of the energy sector is significant and as such is a challenge for many parts of Africa. Should Africa adopt an approach of becoming more energy efficient, this will reduce the investment required to power rural communities as well as keeping the lights on in other developed regions.

The Energy Indaba provides a platform to further promote energy efficiency in Africa, by increasing public awareness programmes showcasing energy efficienct technologies, exploring innovative financing mechanisms for funding energy efficiency projects and to enhance the message whereby Africans should try and entrench the principle of energy efficiency in their day-to-day activities so that energy efficiency consciousness becomes a way life.

We encourage business to participate at this forum to prepare their own organisations for the uncertainty in South Africa’s energy sector over the next few years, while contributing towards Africa realising its potential to emerge as a global player,â€? says Hart.

To secure your exhibition stand at this prestigious event and/or register as a delegate, please contact Candice Scorer on +27 11 463 9184, fax +27 11 463 8432, visit www.energyindaba.co.za or email info@siyenza.za.com.

ENDS
January 13, 2011
To arrange media interviews please contact:
Issued by: Siyenza Management- Celine de Canha
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
+27 11 463 9184
celine@siyenza.za.com

About Siyenza Management

Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning “we do� in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.

Kind regards

Celine de Canha
PR Executive

Facing the future with confidence! Preparing the African Utility for the changing power paradigm at African Utility Week

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

From 14 – 17 March 2011, African Utility Week will provide training, networking and discussion platforms which demonstrate how utilities can prepare themselves for the changing utility landscape. With increased emphasis on smart technology and communications, renewable energy integration and diversified generation technologies, utilities are moving into a changing, exciting and challenging utility environment.

The event, taking place at the ICC in Cape Town, South Africa, provides un-missable networking opportunities! Meet key stakeholders from the whole power ecosystem, including other utilities, government stakeholders, regulators, power pools and vendors.

The exciting line up of speakers covers all of the key issues for the utility sector. The 7 break-out sessions offer opportunity for in-depth examination of some of the key issues affecting the power sector in Africa. The plenary session is going to be examining the role that an integrated resource plan could play in securing the water and power sectors in Africa. Panellists in this session include Jasper Oduor, Secretary General of the East African Power Pool and Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner of energy and Infrastructure from the African Union Commission.

Additional key experts who will be sharing insights, include

  • Metering, Billing/CRM Africa: Dr. Nicholas Smart-Yeboah, Director of Customer Service from the Electricity Company of Ghana, who will be sharing insights as to why the Ghanaian government took the step of installing pre-paid meters in the offices of ministries and other government agencies. Rudi Strubbe, Regional Vice President from Alcatel-Lucent will be speaking on smart grid ready AMI and Rens Bindeman, Managing Director of Revenue Investigations SA, will give practical steps for preparing a revenue protection strategy.

  • Smart Grids/T&D Africa: We welcome to African Utility Week Guido Bartels, Chairman of the GridWise Alliance, who will provide an idea of why utilities should consider transitioning to a smart grid. As a follow-up to that, Minnesh Bipath, Senior Manager: End Use and Infrastructure from Saneri, will discuss the regulatory requirements for smart grid integration. Integrating embedded generation into distribution networks is a topic which will be highlighted by Clinton Carter-Brown from Eskom.

  • Generation Africa: An overview of the South African Integrated Resource Plan will be presented by Omphi Aphane, Acting DG of Electricity, Nuclear and Clean Energy from the Department of Energy, SA. Anyone interested in this topic should not miss this presentation. Another interesting presentation is an evaluation of regulatory reform to boost private investment for generation in Africa by Mossad Elmissiry, Head of Bioenergy Policy, AU/Nepad (NPCA).

  • Renewable Energy Africa: We’ll also examine some project implementations, in particular Hopefield in the Western Cape and Lake Turkana in Kenya. Evans Kidero, CEO of Mumias Sugar in Kenya, will be sharing experiences with feed-in tariffs and co-generation and this will be interesting for anyone wanting to understand how the Kenyan experience has worked.

  • Large Power Users Forum: This is a vitally important issue in South Africa (and the rest of the continent) – Barry Bredenkamp, who is the General Operations Manager for the National Energy Efficiency Agency, will share the business case for energy efficiency with the audience while Valerie Geen from the National Business Initiative will discuss responses to the energy efficiency challenge. One of the key challenges to South Africa at the moment is the issue of energy security and this will be examined in detail with presentations from Kannan Lakmeeharan, Divisional Executive, System Operations and Planning from Eskom, and Leslie Rencontre, Director of Electricity Services from the City of Cape Town. Any large consumer of power should ensure they are in Cape Town during African Utility Week to get first hand insight of how to increase productivity while lowering energy costs.

For more information on the programme, please contact the programme director, Claire Volkwyn: claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com / (021) 700 2559 or visit the conference website www.african-utility-week.com

ENERGY INDABA SECURES WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL AFRICA MEETING

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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The Annual Energy Indaba has again secured the support of the World Energy Council (WEC) through the hosting of the Africa Regional Meeting as a side event of the main forum. The World Energy Council, formed in 1923, is the only truly global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement committed to our sustainable energy future. The Council comprises a network of 93 national committees represents over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions across the globe.

The Africa Regional Meeting will bring a host of African participants from across the continent to debate and discuss issues pertinent to development of the continent, including issues relating to energy poverty and access to funding, as examples. Liz Hart, Managing Director of the Energy Indaba, added, “We are delighted to once again host the World Energy Council Africa Regional Meeting, which we believe adds impetus to the work and outcomes we are aiming to achieve for Africa. Our ultimate aim is to find solutions to Africa’s energy challenges and to address energy poverty for the people of Africa.”

The Meeting will be hosted on the 3rd March at the Sandton Convention Centre and will focus on the Africa Work programme of WEC for 2011. The Energy Indaba will be chaired by Brian Statham, SANEA Chairman and Chairman of Global Studies at the World Energy Council. Statham commented that SANEA and the WEC are pleased to be associated with the Energy Indaba because of its focus on finding solutions and mechanisms for successful implementation. The structured programme and resulting dialogue creates the platform for real progress towards realizing Africa’s vast potential.

ENDS

November 9 2010

About the Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March 2011, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forumfor debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.

CONTACTS:

Press Release prepared by:

Siyenza Management (Pty) Ltd
Liz Hart
liz@siyenza.za.com
011 463 9184

New Public Enterprises Minister to open Reliability week later this month

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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The importance of planning for crucial maintenance

The newly-appointed Public Enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver the keynote address on 23 November at the Reliability & Maintenance Week conference and exhibition taking place in Johannesburg. A former ANC Youth League President, minister Gigaba replaced Barbara Hogan during the recent cabinet re-shuffle and before that was deputy minister of Home Affairs.

The importance of planning for crucial maintenance

Tracey-Lee Zurcher, Reliability & Maintenance Week project director, says the industry is looking forward to hearing minister Gigaba’s vision and message. She says: “Addressing Reliability & Maintenance Week will provide the ideal platform for the honorable minister to interact with leading service providers such as Eskom and industrial giants such as Bearing Man Group, Steinmüller, Eaton, Haefely and Pragma as well as the operational contingents from power utilities, municipalities, mines and the petrochemical sector and to hear how they want to tackle South Africa’s challenges in preserving, upgrading and ensuring continuous reliability of physical assets and human resources. Major service providers such as Eskom see the importance of planning for crucial maintenance to ensure reliability and the skills to perform these services.”

Lack of skills a foremost concern

According to Tracey-Lee Zurcher: “Huge business opportunities are in the offing as power utilities, municipalities, mines and the petrochemical sector will be looking to outsource much-needed maintenance contracts to ensure sustained reliability. However, there is also an urgent need for maintenance skills to be transferred, developed and retained in South Africa as the lack of skills is the foremost concern in the engineering sector in South Africa.”

A special seminar, dedicated to addressing the skills shortage in engineering in South Africa, will take place on 22 November.

More industry-leading speakers and experts at Reliability & Maintenance Week include

  • How will the current lack of maintenance affect the African economy in the next 5-10 years? The economist’s perspective.

Chris Hart, Chief Economist, Investment Solutions

  • International keynote for Bearing Man Group: Increase your profit: World class maintenance for world class manufacturing

Thomas Ã…lund, Senior Consultant, Idhammar AB, Sweden

  • Maximising your asset management systems to enhance your business processes

Logan Reddy, Asset Management, Eskom Generation

  • The simple way to understanding the PAS55 standard and incorporating it into your strategy planning

Alan Tait, President, Southern African Asset Management Association

  • The benefits of applying a defined maintenance management system

Sam Mabotja, Divisional Manager – Eskom Maintenance, Steinmuller Engineering Services

  • Managing and understanding risk within an asset management environment

Dean Griffin, Head of Consulting, Pragma

Event website: www.reliabilityweek.co.za
Dates and location: 23-24 November 2010, 22 November is a pre-conference skills workshop. Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa

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