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Africa Energy Indaba and Arnold Chatz Cars Partner up to Drive Eco Awareness

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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The Africa Energy Indaba has partnered with Fiat and Alfa Romeo Specialist, Arnold Chatz Cars. This collaboration will see Arnold Chatz Cars sponsoring a fleet of three eco friendly Fiat 500s as the official vehicle of the Africa Energy Indaba, that will take place on 21-23 February 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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The Fiat 500 is a leading eco friendly car with its 1.2 liter engine having a CO2 emission level below the taxable threshold, combined with plenty of power and a full house of extras. Safety levels are exceptional, with seven airbags, ABS brakes and a five star NCAP safety rating. The Fiat 500 is the car of choice to be associated with the Africa Energy Indaba with the commitment of ‘moving energy in Africa into the future’ and finding alternative solutions for Africa’s energy needs and greening the environment.

Liz Hart, MD of the Africa Energy Indaba says “Energy efficient technology is crucial to the future of the continent and our aim with the event is to showcase new technologies as well as to highlight innovation that business and the consumer can make use of. Climate Change is receiving a lot of attention with the imminent COP 17 event in Durban. All of society needs to take responsibility and make good and informed decisions with regard to carbon emissions and we are delighted to partner with Arnold Chatz Cars to highlight the importance of finding solutions for our energy needs while looking for better and more efficient technology to sustain our lifestyle. The Fiat 500 is a superb vehicle that is highly fuel efficient with low carbon emissions, and the highest safety levels in its class.”

Arnold Chatz Cars and Fiat Auto are delighted to be associated with Africa Energy Indaba 2012. Fiat Auto are the international frontrunners in the area of low emission and eco friendly vehicles and we see the Fiat 500 as the natural partner vehicle for AEI 2012.

This green fleet will be making its way down to COP 17 in Durban during December and will campaigning around Johannesburg throughout the new year leading up to the Africa Energy Indaba – Africa’s only World Energy Council (WEC) endorsed event.

The Fiat 500s will also be on display at the Africa Energy Indaba, in the exhibition hall. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10h00 till 16h00 on 21 February and 10h00 until 17h00 on 22 and 23 February 2012.

Photographs of the car handover are available on request.

ENDS
21 November 2011

Issued by: Siyenza Management
Mabel Modipa
011 463 9184

On behalf of: Africa Energy Indaba
Liz Hart
011 463 9184

Arnold Chatz Cars
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About the Africa Energy Indaba 2012
The Africa Energy Indaba, adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as the African regional event of the WEC, receives global recognition as the foremost event for energy professionals from across the globe and is rapidly gaining momentum as the energy business forum in Africa.

Presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) in association with the World Energy Council, the forum has achieved the highest level of endorsement and support and as such is without doubt the leading energy event in Africa.

About Arnold Chatz Cars
Arnold Chatz Cars is a Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo Dealership based in Hydepark, managed and owned by Derik Scorer who is also the Chairman of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association.

AFRICA'S NATURAL ENERGY RESOURCES: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CONTINENT

Monday, August 1st, 2011

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Power blackouts are a common feature of life in many parts of Africa, where millions of people are trapped in energy poverty, lacking access to a reliable source of energy to power their homes and businesses. Yet Africa is endowed with vast natural resources – enough to meet all its energy needs for generations to come.

According to the United Nations, the hydro-electric potential of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) alone is estimated to be enough to provide three times as much power as Africa currently consumes.

Hydroelectricity is by far the single biggest source of electricity in a number of countries, especially in Central and West Africa. The region possesses some of the largest water courses in the world, including the Nile, Congo, Niger, Volta and Zambezi river systems.

When it comes to fossil fuels, coal is still the cheapest source of power for Africa and the continent holds abundant reserves of about 50 billion tons of the world’s 850 billion tons of recoverable coal deposits. South Africa is one of the top 10 coal-producing nations in the world and 80% of our power generation is coal fired. The development of cleaner technologies for coal-fired electricity generation is an opportunity for Africa to retire ageing power plants and replace them with energy-efficient coal-fired power plants.

In addition, Africa can lay claim to vast oil and gas reserves concentrated mainly in North and West Africa, Africa holds an estimated 9% of world oil reserves, with Libya, Nigeria, Angola and Algeria in the top 17 oil-rich countries.**

Africa is also well-placed to provide the raw materials for nuclear generation. South Africa, Namibia and Niger collectively have over 20% of the world’s accessible uranium reserves – held by just 11 countries – for the provision of nuclear energy, while South Africa is one of the largest sources in the world for the rare earth mineral, thorium, now being advocated by the nuclear fraternity as an alternative to uranium.

Africa has no shortage of renewable and green resources either. As the sunniest continent on earth, there is enormous potential to exploit solar technologies – especially useful in remote and rural areas far national electricity grids.

Geothermal resources are to be found in the Red Sea Valley and the Rift Valley, while Africa’s agricultural land is another untapped resource that could potentially produce clean-burning biofuels such as ethanol. While food security remains a priority and planting crops for the production of biofuels remains controversial in light of the need for food crops, some African countries such as Senegal and Zambia have started cultivating fuel-bearing crops such as sugar, corn, maize and grasses as a sustainable source of energy.

But perhaps the greatest opportunity for Africa to power its economies is through integration. Various countries have different resources – oil, gas, hydro, coal – and diversifying the source of power generation increases stability. The Africa Development Bank has identified the pooling and exchange of energy resources as a major opportunity for Africa countries and is involved in a number of cross-border projects that benefit both producers rich in energy resources and neighboring energy-importing countries that need a reliable, affordable supply of electricity.

According to the UN’s Africa Renewal magazine, cross-border energy networks mean that countries with surplus power could run their stations at optimum output without risking oversupply, while countries with limited resources and capacity could access affordable power without building costly facilities. Power pooling also diversifies energy sources.

The gap between the provision of power in Africa versus the potential of the continent to meet its own energy needs by exploiting its vast natural resources is a huge anomaly. According to the IMF, in 2007 nearly two-thirds of countries in Africa experienced an acute energy crisis marked by frequent and extended blackouts. Only 2% of Africa’s rural people are connected to national power grids, blackouts are routine in almost every country and the continent’s once-proud energy infrastructure is being crippled by lack of investment and maintenance.

Ongoing political instability and war are two of the main reasons that Africa fails to exploit the potential of its energy resources. Coupled with the resulting poverty and undermining of institutional capacity, countries have little resilience against drought and natural disasters that further undermine their infrastructure. Meanwhile, rapidly-growing and developing countries like China and India are exploiting Africa’s wealth of resources for their own commodity-driven economic development.

While the situation is changing for the better, the pace is still too slow to keep up with the projected growth in demand for energy from a burgeoning population with an annual urban growth rate twice as high as those of Asia and Latin America.

The fourth annual Africa Energy Indaba, to take place in February 2012, will continue explore solutions to Africa’s energy crisis under the banner of Building an Energy Future for Africa. Africa stands at the brink of an enormous opportunity to change the economic destiny of her people by harnessing the energy that lies beneath us, in the wind that blows through the trees, the rivers that flow through the land and the warmth of our abundant African sunshine – if we come together to make it happen.

Sources and Acknowledgements:
Energy Key to Africa’s Prosperity by Itai Madamombe, Africa Renewal, (a publication of the United Nations)
What Alternatives to Oil in Africa by Renatus Nji, Africa Renewal, (a publication of the United Nations)
Chinamining.org
* European Nuclear Society (ENS)
** US Energy Information Administration (EIA)
ENDS
28 July 2011

Issued by: Siyenza Management
Mabel Modipa
011 463 9184
mabel@siyenza.za.com

On behalf of: Africa Energy Indaba
Liz Hart
liz@siyenza.za.com

About Africa Energy Indaba 2012
The Africa Energy Indaba takes place from February 21 to 23 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. 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

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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.

ENDS
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:
·

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: 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 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

CESE Forum Informs Philippine Energy Discussion

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Thought Leadership Emerges from Discussion in Manila Involving Public, Private and People Sectors

Contact: Rex Ian Sayson
Arc Media Global
(+65) 6844 2080
nuclearph@arcmediaglobal.com
www.arcmediaglobal.com/nuclearph/

SINGAPORE (December 14, 2010) “ Discussions at the Nuclear Power Forum Philippines 2010 have generated progress in the industry discussion on nuclear power development in the Philippines. The high-level meeting among regulators, financing professionals, technology providers, project developers and state and private generation companies is generating concrete follow-up actions and movement in the industry. The forum is organized by the Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics and managed by Arc Media Global, and the 2010 Philippine edition held in conjunction with:

the national celebrations of the 38th Atomic Energy Week, and the official three-day visit to the Philippines (from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11) by International Atomic Energy Agency DirectorGeneral HE Yukiya Amano

Discussions centred on the opportunities and challenges involved in enabling peaceful uses of nuclear technology for the Philippines, including presentations on:

  • “Global Development Overview of Successful Nuclear Power Projects Worldwide” by HE Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • The Role of Nuclear Power in a Sustainable Energy Future” by Mr Francois Nguyen, Senior Policy Advisor, International Energy Agency
  • Fourteen Lessons from the Successful Nuclear Power Programme of the Republic of Korea” by Prof Il Soon Hwang, Director, Nuclear Transmutation Energy Research Center of Korea (NUTRECK)
  • In a written letter to the attendees, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III also sent his greetings, enjoining the participants,

    May this gathering serve as an opportunity to find ways to improve the welfare of the Filipino people. He continues, With strengthened partnership between the public and private sectors, the mutually beneficial goals of responsible environmental management and economic development are achievable.

    During his visit, the IAEA Director General also met with Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, and received a briefing from Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde on the Philippines’ cancer control programme. He visited the Dr. Jose Fabella Reyes Medical Center to inspect its radiotherapy facilities, and discussed the provision of training assistance and equipment for Philippine scientists. “The Department of Health is looking at expanding its cooperation with the IAEA in the area of cancer radiotherapy though regular training for Philippine health professionals in cancer research and treatment,” the DFA said.

    In a separate development last week and in line with commitments to harmonise its nuclear power development programme with ASEAN counterparts, the Philippine Department of Energy also announced that it would jumpstart this year its own technical study on that policy direction, with a budget of P100 million (US$2.3 million) earmarked for the study.

    International delegates to the Nuclear Power Forum Philippines 2010 included senior representatives from Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States in addition to the Philippine participants which included student leaders sponsored by the Center for Energy to participate.

    The Nuclear Power Forum is the only government-business forum for leaders in Asian nuclear power development, featuring case studies and high-level panel discussions on sustainable development of nuclear technology for peaceful energy use. The meeting, which includes CEOs and directors from major international and local industry players, seeks to address current opportunities and challenges in nuclear power development in the country and in Southeast Asia. Succeeding meetings will be held around the Asia-Pacific region to allow attending executives and government officials to cement partnerships and contracts to move forward effectively, securely and safely.

    The Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics is an industry research centre (IRC) that works to bring top executives together in communities of learning and practice to act as a catalyst for generating high-value energy business insight and channel top expertise to where the world needs it most. Center for Energy meetings are powered by Arc Media Global, an integrated international marketing specialist headquartered in Singapore.

    If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the organizer or speakers at the forum, please call Rex Ian Sayson at (+65) 6844 2080 or e-mail nuclearph@arcmediaglobal.com

    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