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Generation Africa: Conference Program 2009

African Utility Week

Generation Africa

18 May – 21 May 2009

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Session 0.2.1

Pre-conference workshop: Emergency/On site power
Workshop leader: Mark Pickering, Business Development Manager, Empower, United Kingdom

09h00 – 12h00

Introductions and Welcome

  • Workshop objectives
  • The context for short and medium term generation: when and why?

Decision making criteria

  • Short vs. medium term: what is the difference?
  • What are the key decision criteria when selecting most appropriate generation option
  • Summary of these criteria applied to short vs. medium term

Available options

  • Short term solutions (Aggreko and similar)
  • Interim solutions (Empower)
  • Analysis and comparison
  • Country case studies & scenarios

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Session 1.0.1

Opening / Keynote session
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, CEO, NERSA, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address
Minister Dipou Peters,  Ministry of Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address:  How utilities can prosper in the current economic climate
Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends, United States

10h00 – 11h00

Panel discussion:  Africa’s ‘big 5’ economies – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and the DRC – and the energy future
Over the last 10 years, the African continent has enjoyed an uninterrupted period of economic growth with rates in the past five years exceeding 5% and Foreign investment has grown to US$53 billion in the last year but if Africa is to move forward in the next few years, Africa needs to address the shortage of energy and infrastructure which is a serious ‘brick wall’ to development in Africa. The big five economies on the international radar need to be the leaders in infrastructure and energy development.

Country, energy leaders, economists, experts and energy stakeholders will debate the path that these “economies of Africa” need to walk in the next decade to join the rest of the global energy market.


  • Minister Charles Keter, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Affairs, Kenya
  • Braam Conradie, Managing Director, Enterprises Division, Eskom, South Africa
  • Jean Kavese, Director of Energy, Ministère de l’Energie, DRC
  • Munzila Jackson, Director General Energy, Ministry of Energy, Angola
  • Uzoma Achinanya, Director Market Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Nigeria

11h00 – 11h30

Industry accolades:  Awards Programme
ESI Africa and Metering International magazine are pleased to honour individuals who have demonstrated a consistent and exemplary level of excellence to Africa’s utility power industry. For each of the following awards the recipients will be judged on the long-term benefits, innovation and  leadership they have brought to their sectors:

  • Utility Chief Executive Officer of the Year award (2nd year)
  • Power Station Manager of the Year award (4th year)
  • Metering International Excellence awards (7th year)
  • ESI Africa Excellence Awards (7th year)

The accolades session will give you the opportunity to hear first-hand how award recipients has brought innovation and developments to the forefront at their organisations.

Session 1.1.1

Securing capacity for the future
Chairman: Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager: Business Service, Generation Division, Eskom, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Emergency generation options
Mark Pickering, Business Development Manager, Empower, United Kingdom

14h00 – 14h30

Utility in Africa:  Availability, sustainability and regulation
Arthur Ogwayo, Director, M&E Consulting Engineers, Kenya

14h30 – 15h00

Falling power generation capacity in Zimbabwe and the potential of IPPs and Private-public Partnership initiatives
Munyaradzi Mugowo, Director, InvestFin Global, Zimbabwe

Session 1.1.2

Renewable energy and co-generation
Chairman:  Kadri Nassiep, CEO, South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI), South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Concentrating solar power
Idongesit Archibong, Project Engineer, Ibom Power Company Ltd, Nigeria

16h00 – 16h30

Eskom’s MTPPP and the cogeneration programme
Akash Prakash, Pilot Co-generation project leader, Eskom, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Renewable energy in South Africa today and beyond
Wikus van Niekerk, Director: Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 21 May 2009

Session 2.1.1

Plant efficiency, maintenance and refurbishment
Chairman: Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager: Business Service, Generation Division, Eskom, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Maintenance strategy for high pressure piping systems
Ewert Snyman, Piping Engineering Group Leader Steinmuller, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Refurbishment and de-mothballing – Camden power station
Harvey Jairaj, Engineering Manager, Camden Power Station, Eskom, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

The practical implementation of a sound ‘maintenance management system’ for greater efficiency
Jan Myburg, Senior Consultant, Xstrata, South Africa

Session 2.1.2

The future utility
Chairman: John Davidson, Head of Generation, City of Cape Town Electricity Department, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Advanced low carbon gas-fired generation
Robbie Louw, Director, Promethium, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project – taking the leading edge in fourth-generation nuclear technology
Tom Ferreira, Communication Consultant, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Welcoming IPPs into the electricity generation sector
Jason van der Poel, Energy Specialist, Webber Wentzel Bowens, South Africa

Session 2.0.1
Closing session – Will we be ready for 2010?

14h00 – 14h30

Eskom’s 2010 preparations
Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa

14h30 – 15h30

Open session:

Panellists will report back on highlights and issues discussed during each track.  Discussion topics will also be debated and the moderator will then open the floor for discussion.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate and share their views on the preparedness of the South African electricity industry to face the challenges of increased demand during the World Cup in 2010.

Moderator:  Nicholas McDiarmid, Publishing Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa


  • Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa
  • Mike Hyde, Head:  Engineering, Electricity Services Department, City Of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Silas Zimu, Chief Executive Officer, City Power, South Africa