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Hydro Power Africa: Conference Program 2009

Hydro Power Africa

28 July – 29 July 2009

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Opening/keynote session 1.0.1
Chairman: Pat Naidoo, Chief Executive, Western Power Corridor, Botswana

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address: Hydropower and sustainable development
Terry Moss, Vice President, International Hydropower Association, South Africa

09h30 – 10h30

Round-table discussion: Making hydropower a feasible solution for Africa’s generation needs

  • Project focus: Grand Inga, Bujagali
  • Financing models that are in line with the IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol
  • Carbon financing
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Cross border trading
  • Regional co-operation


Session 1.1.1

Projects focus
Chairman: Edward Kihara, Senior Advisor: CED & Projects Support, Eskom, South Africa

11h00 – 11h45

The role, benefits and technology of pumped storage hydroelectricity – an update on the Ingula project
Frans Louwinger, Corporate Specialist (Hydro), Generation Business Engineering, Eskom, South Africa

11h45 – 12h30

Ingula pumped storage scheme – Bedford dam: designing and constructing the environmental way
Jacques du Plessis, Professional Engineer, SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants l GIBB l Knight Piesold, South Africa

Session 1.2.1

Feasibility and design
Chairman: Thetane Mofokeng, Mayor, Dihlabeng Local Municipality, South Africa

13h30 – 14h15

Developing trans-boundary hydropower projects – challenges, conflicts and agreements
Edward Kihara, Senior Advisor: CED & Projects Support, Eskom, South Africa

14h15 – 15h00

Feasibility design of small hydro power – with reference to Bethlehem Hydro, Josini Hydro and Vaal Dam, South Africa; Limkerenge, Mwoga and Mwenga, Tanzania
Bertrand Collet, Senior Engineer, Aurecon, South Africa

Session 1.3.1

Social and environmental issues
Chairman: Siame Kaela, Director, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia

15h30 – 16h00

Inflow forecasting and optimisation – Decision Support Systems (DSSs) for dams and reservoirs
Jesper Kjelds, Director: Business Development, DHI Group, Denmark

16h00 – 16h30

The social impact large dams have on communities
Liane Greeff, Chair, EcoDoc Africa, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Climate change and the impact of hydropower – Ghana case study
Kwaku Wiafe, Office of the Deputy Chief Executive, Volta River Authority, Ghana

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Session 2.0.1

Small & micro hydro
Chairman: Wim Klunne, Senior Researcher: Rural Energy and Development, CSIR, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Village hydro in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Lasten Mika, Energy and Environment Projects Manager, Practical Action Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

09h30 – 10h00

Rural electrification – Rwanda case study
Fatin Ali Mohamed, Industrial Development Officer, Rural and Renewable Energy, UNIDO, Austria

10h00 – 10h30

New technologies for small hydro – Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Eastern Cape case study
Stefan Szewczuk, Project Leader, Built Environment, CSIR, South Africa

10h30 – 11h00

Synchronous and induction generators for mini hydro power stations
Gianluca Stanic, Technical Director, MarelliMotori, Italy

Session 2.1.1

Dam construction and dam monitoring
Chairman: Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager, Generation Business Learning Faculty, Generation Business, Eskom, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Trends in dam engineering
Mark Cordell, Global Manager, Dams and Hydropower, SMEC Operations, Australia

12h00 – 13h00

Using a combined terrestrial imaging system for engineering structural monitoring – technical briefing and case studies
Antonio Berberan, Research Engineer: Dams Department, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Portugal & João Boavida, Manager and Survey Engineer, Artescan, Portugal

Session 2.2.1

Project management, maintenance and refurbishment
Chairman: Paul von Zeuner, Vice President, Southern African Maintenance Association, South Africa

14h00 – 14h45

Refurbishment and upgrading of the Akosombo hydroelectric power plant
Rick Donnelly, Energy Director, Water and Wind Power, Hatch, Canada

14h45 – 15h30

Case study: Kárahnjúkar Hydroelectric Project – Managing the challenges of large dam sites 
Gianni Porta, Area Manager: Southern Africa, Impregilo, Italy

Closing session 2.3.1

The politics of hydropower in Africa
Chairman: Brian Makungo, Training Manager, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia

16h00 – 17h00

Panel discussion: The African utility vs. political stability

  • Social aspects of dam construction and development
  • Training and capacity building
  • Political will to make hydro power successful and sustainable
  • Safety and stability that effects hydro power infrastructure development


  • Liane Greeff, Chair, EcoDoc Africa, South Africa
  • Brian Makungo, Training Manager, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia
  • Thetane Mofokeng, Mayor, Dihlabeng Local Municipality, South Africa