African Utility Week

International Utility Case Studies

18 May – 21 May 2009

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 1.4.1

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

13h30 – 14h00

Power Plant Risk and Asset Management – the Path to Technical and Commercial Excellence
Barrie Dingle OBE, General Manager, Advisory, RWE Power International, United Kingdom  

14h30  -15h00

Human asset management at electric utility companies in the changing economic scenario
Suresh Vishwakarma, Principal Engineer, Public Utilities Corporation, Seychelles

Session 1.4.2

Transmission and Distribution
Chairman : Barry Bredenkamp, Chief Operating Officer, National Energy Efficiency Agency, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Transformer protection
Sebastian Muller, Research Engineer, Sergi Holdings, France

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16h00 – 16h30

The Mediterranean Ring and distribution between North Africa and Europe
Francois Meslier, Secretary General, Medelec, France

16h30 – 17h00

Condition Assessment of Overhead Lines
Jason Rowan, Principal Engineer – Overhead Lines, Merz & McLellan, South Africa

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Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 21 May 2009

Session 2.4.1

Transmission and Distribution
Chairman: Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe

09h30 – 10h00

CEC Network Expansion and Substation Construction challenges
Patson Jila, Project Director, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Zambia

10h00 – 10h30

Nigeria power reforms – challenges and proposed solutions
Idongesit Archibong, Project Engineer, Ibom Power Company Ltd, Nigeria

Session 2.4.2

The future utility
Chairman:  David Mwangi, Chief Manager, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Kenya

11h00 – 11h30

Wind farm opportunities for South Africa
Jorn Hammer, Managing Director, Vestas Pacific, Australia

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11h30 – 12h00

BPL in Canada
Peter Sobotka, Director, Corinex, Canada

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12h00 – 12h30

AMI/AMR and energy efficiency
Morten Hald, Director, Amplex, Dubai 

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