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RSV ENCO AND EHL SIGNS UP AS KEY INTERNET CAFÉ SPONSOR FOR ENERGY INDABA

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The organisers are proud to announce the latest that an agreement has been concluded with RSV ENCO Consulting (Pty) Ltd (ENCO) and EHL Consulting Engineers (EHL) to sponsor the Internet café to serve delegates, exhibitors, speakers and media during the three-day conference and exhibition.

As one of the highest traffic zones and most widely used facilities in the exhibition area, the Internet café is one of the most valuable sponsorships at the event,” says Energy Indaba MD, Liz Hart. “This space offers the sponsor maximum brand recognition, with constant exposure to delegates, visitors, exhibitors, media and speakers.”

ENCO specialises in the energy and coal sectors supported by mining infrastructure, whereas EHL specialises in energy and electrical engineering across multiple sectors. Both companies are part of the Read, Swatman & Voigt (Pty) Ltd Group of companies, specialising in project management and design capability to mining companies, local government and industrial sectors.

Energy Indaba attracts the highest caliber of speakers, exhibitors, delegates and partners, representing the leading players in the energy sector from all over the world, so we are delighted to have ENCO on board as one of South Africa’s top energy consulting firms,” says Hart.

She adds that exhibitors, sponsors and delegates have been flooding in ahead of the event, to take advantage of the considerable opportunities for deal-making, networking, brand-building and capacity-building that Energy Indaba offers.

Energy Indaba takes place from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre, with Ms. Barbara Thompson, Deputy Minister of Energy, as the keynote speaker. The event will also host the World Energy Council (WEC) Africa Regional Meeting.

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February 22 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: BRIDGING THE ENERGY GAP IN AFRICA

Wednesday, March 16th, 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:
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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.

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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: 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.

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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 POWERS UP THE AFRICAN ENERGY AGENDA FOR 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

Ensuring access to energy is without doubt one of the major challenges facing the global economy today, which is a significant challenge for the African energy sector as well. A lack of access to energy services impedes those who live in extreme poverty, undermining health, stagnating growth and limiting people’s potential to rise out of poverty. Access to energy has been adopted by Africa’s leading energy forum, the Annual Energy Indaba, as a focus area to debate solutions to this dilemma facing the people on the African continent.

After the unprecedented success of the 2010 Energy Indaba in Johannesburg, South Africa, the next forum taking place from the 1 – 3 March 2011, strives to deliver on its theme of  “Energising Africa”, which will once again be held in Sandton, Johannesburg. Considering that Africa has adequate energy resources to meet its short and medium-term requirements, we still have vast populations struggling due to the limited access to energy. The continent actively seeks solutions to these challenges and regional integration is increasingly seen as a way for individual countries requiring growth in economic development to join the global economy and empower their populations. Africa is an ideal developing economy with a billion consumers, rich with natural resources in high demand from countries like China and India, provides a massive and potentially lucrative marketplace for global investors.

The 2011 Energy Indaba Conference embraces the opportunity to find solutions to these challenges and under the able Chairmanship of Mr. Brian Statham, head of the South African National Energy Association and World Energy Council representative, the event will engage decision-makers from across the continent with international speakers delivering key messages. Preparations for this year’s event are well underway and support from the World Energy Council hosting their Regional Africa Meeting as a side event of the main forum, coupled with having secured the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Media Roundtable Breakfast as well as the Capacity-building in South Africa, Namibia and Ghana to create sustainable, non-food bio-oil supply chains Conference, an Action funded under the ACP Science and Technology Programme (http://www.acp-st.eu/about/) by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Secretariat, the event is billed to be one of the top energy forums in Africa this year.

The programme for the Energy Indaba Conference will discuss crucial issues facing the continent currently, including as an example, the following:

-Africa’s new power opportunities and stakeholders,
-Renewable energy, the solution for Africa,
-The impact of energy on African business,
-The rapidly evolving African energy landscape, and
-Climate change and African energy poverty.

The closing keynote address of the Conference – to be delivered by Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary-General of the World Energy Council on “Closing the power gap in Africa” – promises insights into the way forward for the continent and without doubt, will be a session not to be missed.

Adjacent to the conference is the Energy Indaba Exhibition and with over 80 exhibitors already confirmed provides the opportunity for visitors to meet the biggest players in the African energy sector at the exhibition. This event’s continued growth and success reflects the increasing importance of finding solutions to the challenges facing the African energy sector and provides business with a platform to enter this evolving market.

Managing Director of the Energy Indaba, Liz Hart stated “The problems facing the African energy sector are not unique in the global context, however Africa with its diverse and potentially lucrative market, requires energy to develop its potential. The Energy Indaba is the foremost forum for decision-makers to grapple with the challenges facing this industry sector to unlock the business potential already identified by Asian countries as new and emerging markets set for expansion. Simultaneously it is imperative to address issues around the access to energy for Africa’s poor to empower and develop people. We encourage business to participate at this forum to realize the potential for Africa to emerge as a global player.�

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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 forum for 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.
www.energyindaba.co.za

CONTACTS:

January 9 2010

Press Release prepared by:

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

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

An Interview with Claire Volkwyn, programme director for African Utility Week 2011

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

African Power, Mining & Oil Review recently interviewed Claire Volkwyn the programme director for African Utility Week 2011. This event, which is taking place from 14 – 17 March 2011 at the ICC in Cape Town covers the entire power sector from generation to end user, including a specific break out session for large users of power.

Discuss the main themes/tracks to be covered at the event
The theme for the 2011 conference is “Preparing for the changing utility paradigm” and I think this sums up what utilities need to do. Our industry is changing and there is a risk of being left behind if we don’t keep up. The utility industry is so vital to every aspect of our lives–without power we cease to operate as a society, health care suffers, our economy suffers–everything stops. So we have to be prepared for the changes and embrace the evolving nature of the power industry at the moment. This change is positive!

What are the networking opportunities at AUW and how does one make the most of them? One of my favorite parts of any event is the opportunities to network not only with fellow delegates, but also to find out what’s happening in the world of technology. With the exhibition and conference elements at African Utility Week, we get to do both! We have many networking opportunities at lunch time, during the tea breaks and at our cocktail function, for delegates to engage with one another but also for them to visit the exhibition booths and speak to the exhibitors.

This is such a wonderful opportunity to get to grips with some of the new technological developments and understand how they can impact your utility and your ability to do your job.

Based on previous AUW events, how many people are expected to attend the upcoming AUW, and who should be attending?
In February 2010 we hosted African Utility Week in Durban, and the show attracted some 1866 people to the Convention Centre in Durban. In 2011, we are expanding some of our on-floor workshops, namely the Large Power Users Forum, into a full two day track and combined with the amazing programme we have put together, we estimate we’ll have 2,300 – 2,500 people at African Utility Week in 2011.

Who are some of the key speakers to be featured and what will they be talking about?

We have an exciting line up of speakers covering all of the key issues for the utility sector. For instance, our 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 , Elham Ibrahim, Commission of Energy and Infrastructure from the African Union Commission and Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination centre manager for the Southern African Power Pool.

Each of our specific breakout sessions have some key experts sharing insights including:

Metering: Dr Nicholas Smart-Yeboah, Director of Customer Service from the Electricity Company of Ghana, 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 will give practical steps for preparing a revenue protection strategy.

Smart Grids/Transmission and Distribution: This is an exciting break out for us! We welcome to African Utility Week Guido Bartels, Chairman of the Gridwise Alliance, who will give us some 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 Dr Clinton Carter Brown from Eskom.

Generation: The first presentation in this breakout will be of great interest to a number of people. It’s an overview of the South African Integrated Resource Plan, and is being presented by Omphi Aphane, Acting DG of Electricity, Nuclear and Clean Energy from the Department of Energy. Anyone interested in this topic should not miss this presentation. Other interesting presentations include an overview of the Bujagali IPP in Uganda, by James Baanabe who is Acting Commissioner of Energy for the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mining and an evaluation of regulatory reform to boost private investment for generation in Africa by Mossad Elmissiry from NEPAD.

Renewable Energy: A key question for a lot of the municipalities is how renewable energy can be used to increase efficiency, and George Ferreira, specialist consultant in energy efficiency and renewable energy, will be presenting an overview of some of his experiences. We’ll also examine some project overviews, in particular, Hopefield in the Western Cape and Lake Turkana in Kenya. Dr Evans Kidero, CEO of Mumias Sugar in Kenya will be sharing its 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: This is a vitally important issue in South Africa (and the rest of the continent) and I am pleased to say the programme we have put together for this is absolutely first class. 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 Councillor Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member 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.

What are your suggestions to people looking to get the most out of AUW 2011?

Engage, discuss, interact. Remember that the experience you have is largely due to the amount of effort you put in. So visit the exhibition, speak to the exhibitors and find out how they can help you, how they can make your job easier and your utility more successful. Ask questions during the session and engage with other people. Don’t be shy!

For more information, contact:
Programme enquiries: Claire Volkwyn: Claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com
Exhibition or sponsorship enquiries: Andrew Evans: Andrew.evans@spintelligent.com or
Andrew Dooley Andrew.dooley@spintelligent.com
Registration enquiries: Jimina Morris: jimina.morris@spintelligent.com
Or call +27 21 700 2500

Website: www.african-utility-week.com

Energy minister Dipuo Peters opens Hydropower Africa next Tuesday

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The South African Energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters will open the third annual Hydropower African conference and exhibition this coming Tuesday in Johannesburg. In her opening address, the minister will share her thoughts on “working together to unlock Africa’s hydropower potential to promote sustainable development, regional integration, water and energy security, and poverty eradication in Africa.”
Some of the world’s top hydropower experts will discuss the future of hydropower electricity generation in Africa, particularly funding and financing projects, as well as hear updates on some of the most exciting hydro developments on the continent, including DRC’s Inga and Ingula in KwaZulu-Natal.

Potential of hydropower

“There is an enormous demand for information on the finance and funding of hydropower projects in Africa”, says Nicolaas Loretz, Hydropower Africa project director,”especially given that the potential for hydro generation is great and that only 10% of the continent’s potential has been realised. This is the ideal platform to give impetus to project implementation for small and large hydro projects”.

Nicolaas Loretz continues: “We therefore have a special focus on investment opportunities with specialists from the World Bank and the African Development Bank and case studies from Zambia and Mozambique as part of our programme.”

Minister’s vision

“We are delighted that Minister Dipuo Peters will share her vision with us”, says Nicolaas Loretz, “particularly to hear her views regarding the promotion of sustainable development, regional integration, water and energy security, and poverty eradication in Africa.”

During a visit to Korea recently, the minister said South Africa can produce more than 43,000 megawatts of electricity but wants to increase this by using renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydropower.

Programme highlights include:

Opening session:

  • Keynote address by South African Energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
    Working together to unlock Africa’s hydropower potential to promote sustainable development, regional integration, water and energy security, and poverty eradication in Africa
  • Evaluating regulatory reforms to boost private investment for hydropower development in Africa Babu Ram, Chief Power Engineer, African Development Bank, South Africa
  • Highlighting investment opportunities, incentives and perspectives of the African hydropower generation landscape Vahid Alavian, Water and Hydropower Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank, Uganda

Hydropower Project Finance:
Innovative funding solutions and partnerships for Kafue Gorge Lower project – case study Israel Phiri, Manager, Office for Promoting Private Power Investment, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia

Rural electrification and village hydro:
Small hydropower in Uganda – current projects and future prospects Jimmy Omona, Hydro Mechanical Specialist, UEGCL, Uganda

Engineering, process design and operation:
Case study: Project Management of a large hydropower scheme and the interface between dam engineering and power engineering – Ingula case study Colin Logan, Director, GIBB, South Africa

Environmental and social impact:
Africa’s major water basins living side by side but not in “peace” and “security” Leonard Kassana, International Hydropower Consultant, Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda

The World Commission on Dams – more important than ever Liane Greeff, Chair, EcoDoc Africa / African Rivers Network, South Africa

Maintenance and refurbishment:
Inga 2 hydropower plant – refurbishment update of unit 23 Etienne Tshibangu, Project Director, SNEL, DRC

Regional cooperation:
Regional cooperation and cross-border trading for optimum output and sustainable performance Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe

Closing session:
The changing future of the African energy mix and the growing need for hydropower

Hydro expertise
Technology companies involved in large and small hydropower projects all over Africa that will share their expertise at Hydropower Africa 2010 include: MarelliMotori, Arcus Gibb, CMC di Ravenna, Hydro Engineering, Knight Piesold, SSI Engineering, Vibro Systems, SMEC, BKS and MWH. Eskom is the host utility and delegates will also go on site visits to the Ingula and Drakensberg pumped storage schemes in KwaZulu Natal; small hydro power plants in Mpumalanga (Friedenheim and Lydenburg) and Inga in the DRC.

Event dates and location: 17-20 August 2010, Pre-conference workshops on 16 August, at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.

Event website: www.hydropowerafrica.com

For more information, media accreditation or speaker interviews please contact:

Communications manager: Annemarie Roodbol

Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Tel : +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax : +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile : +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Energy Indaba 2011: Small Scale Solutions offer Hope for Africa

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Africa needs to look for home-grown solutions to the challenges of energy poverty, rather than relying on conventional models that respond to conditions in developed countries. So says Brian Statham, the Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and Chairman of the Energy Access Partnership (EAP).

Millions of Africans are trapped in a situation of energy poverty, with only about 5% of rural Africans having access to some form of commercial energy. But while large-scale energy infrastructure development is often regarded as the ideal model, connecting millions of rural and urban poor consumers to the main electricity grids that power Africa’s major cities and industries is unrealistic in the short to medium term.

The EAP was launched at this year’s Africa World Economic Forum, to define a successful model for addressing chronic energy poverty in developing countries. Together with SANEA, the partnership is piloting various power supply models in rural communities in South Africa and Lesotho.

The rural population especially is sparsely distributed with large distances between villages. This requires long transmission lines or pipelines with relatively small energy markets at the end of the line, which is generally not a viable investment.

“We need to look seriously at distributed generation to solve this problem,” says Statham. “Wind and solar power options, perhaps with some LPG or micro-hydro back-up, could provide elegant solutions for rural applications. Power for telecommunication and television will immediately help with distance education and commercial communication, as well as basic health services.”

Statham says the equipment for such a distributed generation scheme must be easy to install, operate and maintain, so that the local community is able to take ownership, taking into account the skills, spare parts and other goods and services available in remote areas.

He acknowledges that it will be a challenge to change mind-sets, so that communities accept small-scale solutions and so that manufacturers and finance institutions see the value in providing them. “Bigger has always been better in the field of energy provision, so this will involve a paradigm shift towards downsizing the technology and funding, instead of upscaling them.”

This presents engineers and financial institutions with a unique creative challenge – to find energy solutions that are appropriate to remote rural applications, requiring downscaled technology, restructured financing and public-private partnerships to provide for subsidisation of the infrastructure component, while the users pay for services, usage and maintenance.

“This has the potential to literally give millions of people the “power” to change their lives, and could ensure opportunities for social, economic and environmental sustainability on an unprecedented scale,” says Statham.

He says that the model could also help address the need for regional rather than national solutions to energy poverty, incorporating South Africa’s SADC neighbors.

We have had tremendous support from the relevant Governments, which are willing to create enabling policy and regulatory environments, and expect to roll out the project pipeline to several other countries in time,” he says.

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About the Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for 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

Lunice Johnston

lunice@siyenza.za.com

011 463 9184

Is there money in African hydropower?

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Updates on Inga, Ingula, Kafue Gorge and more

Funding and financing hydropower projects in Africa will be a special focus during the annual Hydropower Africa in Johannesburg in August which will be opened by the South African Energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters.Some of the world’s top hydropower experts will discuss the future of hydropower electricity generation in Africa during what is the only hydropower conference and exhibition on the continent where all the major stakeholders gather.

Potential of hydropower

There is an enormous demand for information on the finance and funding of hydropower projects in Africa says Nicolaas Loretz, Hydropower Africa project director, especially given that the potential for hydro generation is great and that only 10% of the continent’s potential has been realised. This is the ideal platform to give impetus to project implementation for small and large hydro projects

Nicolaas Loretz continues: We therefore have a special focus on investment opportunities with specialists from the World Bank and the African Development Bank and case studies from Zambia and Mozambique as part of our programme.

Minister’s vision

We are delighted that Minister Dipuo Peters will share her vision with us, says Loretz, “particularly to hear her views regarding the promotion of sustainable development, regional integration, water and energy security, and poverty eradication in Africa.

During a visit to Korea recently, the minister said South Africa can produce more than 43,000 megawatts of electricity but wants to increase this by using renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydropower.

Programme highlights include:

Opening session:

Keynote address by South African Energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
Working together to unlock Africa’s hydropower potential to promote sustainable development, regional integration, water and energy security, and poverty eradication in Africa

· Evaluating regulatory reforms to boost private investment for hydropower development in Africa Babu Ram, Chief Power Engineer, African Development Bank, South Africa

· Highlighting investment opportunities, incentives and perspectives of the African hydropower generation landscape Vahid Alavian, Water and Hydropower Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank, Uganda

Hydropower Project Finance:
Innovative funding solutions and partnerships for Kafue Gorge Lower project – case study Israel Phiri, Manager, Office for Promoting Private Power Investment, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia

Case study – challenges and successes in financing Mavusi and Chicamba hydro power plants Ildo Rufino Domingos, Generation Director, EDM,

Mozambique

Rural electrification and village hydro:

Small hydropower in Uganda current projects and future prospects Jimmy Omona, Hydro Mechanical Specialist, UEGCL, Uganda

Engineering, process design and operation:

Case study: Project Management of a large hydropower scheme and the interface between dam engineering and power engineering – Ingula case study Colin Logan, Director, GIBB, South Africa

Environmental and social impact:

Africa’s major water basins living side by side but not in and Leonard Kassana, International Hydropower Consultant, Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda

The World Commission on Dams – more important than ever Liane Greeff, Chair, EcoDoc Africa / African Rivers Network, South Africa

Maintenance and refurbishment:
Inga 2 hydropower plant “refurbishment update of unit 23 Etienne Tshibangu, Project Director, SNEL, DRC

Regional cooperation:
Regional cooperation and cross-border trading for optimum output and sustainable performance Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe

Closing session:
The changing future of the African energy mix and the growing need for hydropower

Hydro expertise
Technology companies involved in large and small hydropower projects all over Africa that will share their expertise at Hydropower Africa 2010 include: MarelliMotori, Gibb, Knight Piesold, SSI, CMC, Artescan, SMEC, BKS and MWH. Eskom is the host utility and delegates will also go on site visits to the Ingula and Drakensberg pumped storage schemes in KwaZulu Natal; small hydro powerplants in Mpumalanga (Friedenheim and Lydenburg) and Inga in the DRC.

Event dates and location: 17-20 August 2010, Pre-conference workshops on 16 August, at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.

Event website: www.esi-africa.com/hpa

For more information, media accreditation or speaker interviews please contact:

Communications manager:Â Annemarie Roodbol

Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Tel : +27 (0) 21 700 3558

Fax :Â +27 (0) 21 700 3501

Mobile :Â +27 (0) 82 562 7844


Mobile money technology gurus gather in Nairobi in May

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Mobile money pioneers of global mobile giants such as Safaricom, Zain, MTN, Orange and Orascom will share their vision and success stories at the Mobile Money Transfer Africa conference and expo in Nairobi, Kenya from 4-7 May. The leading mobile money event on the continent will also offer delegates the unique opportunity to hear from payments experts at the central banks of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Mozambique.

MMT Africa is an annual showcase for the most successful mobile money services from the region’s pioneering operators and financial institutions. Conference highlights include:

- Establishing partnerships to create a joined up and far reaching payments infrastructure
Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom
- How mobile money crosses borders
George Held, Group Marketing Director, Products and Innovation, Zain
- How mobile money experiences differ between East and West Africa
Bruno Akpaka, General Manager, Mobile Money, MTN Ghana
Richard Mwami, Head Public Access and Mobile Money, MTN Uganda
- The West African experience differences between launching mobile money in a competitive market compared with markets where you have first mover advantage
Nicolas Levi, Orange Money Director, Orange Money
- How customers really use mobile money in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania
Brian Richardson, CEO, WIZZIT
- Developing the African regulatory environment for Mobile Money Technology an audience with the central banks
The panel includes the heads of payments systems at the central banks of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Mozambique.
- Banks as agents extending financial services to the unbanked
Kevin Kihara, Relationship Manager, Family Bank
Len Pienaar, CEO mCommerce, FNB
Paolo Zambonini, Group Head of Innovation and Special Projects, ABSA Bank

Says MMT Africa conference director Steve Clarke: “Kenya is undoubtedly the epi-centre of mobile money technology and practice at this stage. Not only has it changed the lives of millions of Kenyans, but global mobile money practitioners are coming here to learn. The success stories and case studies that will be shared at MMT Africa are testimony to this.”

The event website: www.mobile-money-transfer.com/africa

For media enquiries, accreditation and speaker interviews contact:
Communications Manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Phone: +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT: 3558
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 562 7844
Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Event location: Safari Park Hotel – www.safaripark-hotel.com