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Power Indaba: Conference Program 2009

Power Indaba Conference

19 May – 21 May 2009

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 19 May 2009

09h00 – 12h00

WORKSHOP 1: Maximising financial advantage and mitigating risk in African infrastructure projects
Jason van der Poel, Partner, Webber Wentzel, South Africa

Private investment in the power sector has been on the increase in recent years, but this does not meant that access to this funding is uniform across the world.  In some cases, investors are showing diminished interest in investing in power projects in developing countries, partly due to poor return on investment. 

This workshop is offering parties with an interest in the African power industry, infrastructure financing, project development and project management insight into maximizing financial investments while creating the ideal climate for minimizing risks.

  • Introduction
    • Objectives of private sector participation
  • Barriers to investment
    • Political risk
      • Major political risk issues, with an emphasis on cross border complications
    • Regulatory risk
    • Commercial risk
  • Risk mitigation instruments
    • Political risk mitigation
    • Regulatory risk mitigation
    • Commercial risk mitigation
    • Risk mitigation in small local markets
  • Global market turbulence
    • Impact on Africa
    • Pricing, currency and other issues
  • Trends in financing
    • What are the pressures on multilaterals, bilateral lenders and other more ‘conventional’ players?
    • Risk mitigation markets – what trends should project promoters be aware of?

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Session 1.1

Opening/keynote session
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Regulator South Africa (NERSA), South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address
The challenge of securing additional capacity for the growing South African economy, efforts for continued access to electricity and security of supply are high on the agenda for the South African government.  In addition, efforts to encourage energy conservation are ongoing along with a drive to expand the percentage of renewable energy generation in the country.

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 from US$ billion in 2002 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 is 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
  • Power Station Manager of the Year award (4th year)
  • Metering International 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 1.2

Access Africa:  SADC
Chairman:  Dion Govender, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Sector, Siemens and Co-Chair of NEPAD Business Foundation Energy Working Group

13h30 – 14h30

Panel discussion highlighting investment opportunities, incentives and perspectives in the SADC region. 
Discussions will also centre around priority projects within the SADC region including the Western Power Corridor, and various regional interconnections between SADC member states.


  • Minister Elias Mudzuri, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
  • Munzila Jackson, Director General Energy, Ministry of Energy, Angola
  • Braam Conradie, Managing Director, Enterprises Division, Eskom, South Africa
  • Humphrey Mulila, Chief Operating Officer, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Zambia
  • Kilson Kalanda, Chief Executive Officer,  Emacop Consulting, Angola

14h30 – 15h00

Case study:  Mmamabula: Botswana’s power giant
The Mmamabula Energy Project is a planned power station and integrated coal mine to be built in multiple phases at the Mmamabula coalfield in Botswana.  The planned capacity for the first phase of the power station is 1320 megawatts (MW) and it is expected to be in commercial operation by late 2012 or early 2013.

Tore Horvei, Chief Operating Officer – Projects, CIC Energy, South Africa

Session 1.3

Access Africa:  West and North Africa
Chairman:  Abel Tella, Secretary General, UPDEA, Ivory Coast

15h30 – 16h30

Panel discussion highlighting investment opportunities, incentives and perspectives in the West and North African regions.   Discussions will also centre around priority projects within the regions including the continued development of the West African Gas Pipeline, and plans for capacity increase and further development of the Mediterranean Ring project.


Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 21 May 2009

07h00 – 08h45

Session 2.1.1
Access Nigeria: Breakfast round table discussion

Nigeria currently generates around 1,800 megawatts (MW), a figure government wants to increase to 6,000 MW by 2009. Capacity figures of as high as 100,000 MW have been mentioned in order to make Nigeria a fully industrialised country.

The Nigerian Government is keenly aware that among other priories, rebuilding and maintaining infrastructure is necessary for the country to attract foreign investment and encourage economic growth.

Opportunities abound for targeted investments.

Country represenatatives:

  • Uzoma Achinanya, Executive Director, Market Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Nigeria*

Session 2.1.2
Access DRC: Breakfast round table discussion

Blessed with amongst the best hydro potential in the world, the DRC has long wanted the full potential of the Congo river exploited.

With enough potential energy to provide power to most of Africa, developing the Inga 111 and Grand Inga hydropower schemes has never been more vital than now, when Africa is on the verge of a growth explosion, but faced with the challenges of insufficient electricity supply.

Country represenatatives:

  • Mr Jean Kavese, Director of Energy, Ministère de l’Energie, DRC
  • Laurent Kitoko, International Relations, Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL), DRC
  • Vika di Panzu, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL), DRC
Session 2.2

Access Central Africa and East Africa
Chairman: Vika di Panzu, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL), DRC

09h00 – 10h00

Panel discussion highlighting investment opportunities, incentives and perspectives for the Central and East African regions.  Discussions will also center round priority projects within the regions including the development of the East African Power Pool and regional interconnections, as well as development and funding of additional generation capacity and emergency response initiatives to the ongoing capacity shortfalls.


10h00 – 10h30

Case Study:  Rabai: African Power Deal of the year 2008
Winner of the African Power Deal of the year, 2008, this project comprises the development, construction and management of a 90MW thermal power plant in Kenya. Total investments amount to Euro 120 million.

Bob Chestnutt, Aldwych International, United Kingdom

Session 2.3

Accessing investment for power projects
Chairman:  Jon Marks, Managing Director, Cross Border Intelligence, United Kingdom

11h00 – 11h30

Distribution in East Africa
Alasdair Maclay, Director, Actis, United Kingdom

11h30 – 12h30

Panel discussion from the perspective of the investor, discussing aspects such as risk management and innovative solutions to investment challenges.


Session 2.4
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

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.
The 19th FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. The South African government is confident it will fulfil the guarantee it made to Fifa to provide enough energy to meet the 2010 World Cup demands.  To this end, a number of projects, including infrastructure, network modelling and procurement of generation facilities, have been put in place to ensure sufficient energy supplies with a total budget of US$13.6 million.  Eskom and municipalities have been working together to ensure network and capacity availability – but the question that needs to be asked is:  Will South Africa be ready by June 2010 for the extra demand which will be placed on the network and supply capacity? 
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