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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2007

DAY 0: PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINARS
Monday, 19 November 2007
  Seminar 0.1: Regulation in West Africa part 1: Practices and projects
Chairman: O. C. Iloeje, Commissioner Research & Development, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
09:00–09:30
Updated and overview presentation on the grid code given at the Enugu Workshop
T. S. G. Wudil, Network Manager, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC), Nigeria
09:30–10:00
Regional focus: the roll out of the grid code 
A. S. A. Bada, Head of System Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Nigeria
10:00–10:30
Ghana’s third energy crisis – regulatory issue
Andrew T Barfour, Director of Operations, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana
10:30–11:00
Refreshment break
  Seminar 0.1.1: Regulation in West Africa part 2: The Enugu update
Chairman: O. C. Iloeje, Commissioner Research & Development, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
11:00–12:30

Round table discussion and think tank panel: The Enugu update
This round table discussion provides an excellent opportunity for those who were present at the NERC regulatory conference in July 2007 to discuss and share the challenges and opportunities they have experienced in adhering to the newly introduced grid code.
Moderator: Ransome Owan, Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC), Nigeria
Panellists:

  • Abimbola Odubiyi, Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria  
  • Grace Eyoma, Commissioner, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
  • Alhaji Abdul–Rahman Ado, Vice Chairman/Commissioner Market Competition & Rates , Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
  • O. C. Iloeje, Commissioner Research & Development, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
  • Muhammad Alimi Abdulrazak, Commissioner Legal Licensing & Enforcement, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
  • Muhammad Baba Gana Bunu, Commissioner Finance & Management Services , Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
12:30–14:00
Lunch
  Seminar 0.2: West African regulatory initiative seminar
Chairman: Grace Eyoma, Commissioner Government and Consumer Affairs Division, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
14:00–15:30

Paving the way for electricity regulation in West Africa
A panel of experts will give an overview of activities in their region and highlight the challenges and pitfall they face as regulators. The session will conclude with a ‘next steps’ approach to establishing closer ties between West African regulatory bodies.
Topics covered will include:

  • Regulatory mechanisms in the region
  • Reform initiatives in the power sector and the impact on the electricity sector
  • Capacity addition and resource mobilisation
  • Tariff regulations for generation, transmission and distribution
  • Emerging power markets

Moderator: Grace Eyoma, Commissioner Government and Consumer Affairs Division, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

Panellists include:

15:30–16:00
Refreshment break
Dual translation in English & French/ Traduction simultanée en anglais et français
* invited

KEYNOTE/OPENING SESSION: TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2007

DAY 1: CONFERENCE

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

  Session 1.0: Keynote session
Chairman: F. A. Somolu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power Sector Reform, Presidency, Nigeria
09:00–09:30
Keynote address
J. O. Makoju, Special Advisor to the President on Electric Power, Presidency, Nigeria
09:30–10:30

Round table panel discussion: West African power-house round table
The round table will include discussions on:

  • West Africa’s future power and energy security
  • Regional and national strategic planning
  • Private sector opportunities

Moderator: F. A. Somolu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power Sector Reform, Presidency, Nigeria
Panellists:

10:30–11:00
Refreshment break in the exhibition area

PROGRAMME TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2007

Session 1.1: Finance, investment, and policy
Chairman: Shu’aibu Maigida, Co-ordinator, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Nigeria
11:00–11:30
Promoting private investment in energy in West Africa through regional co-operation 
Kwaku Waife Jr, Chief Engineer, Volta River Authority, Nigeria
11:30–12:00
Investment opportunities in the power sector
Robert Ahumka, Chief Executive, Ghana Investment Promotions Centre, Ghana
12:00–12:30
Evaluating policy implementation strategies
Henry Vanderpuye, Principal Engineer, Renewable & DSM Unit, Engineering Service Department, Volta River Authority, Ghana
12:30–14:00
Lunch
  Session 1.2: Electricity trade and capacity expansion options in West Africa
Chairman: O. C. Iloeje, Commissioner, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
14:00–14:30
Power pooling and trading – regional and continental trends
Babatunde Adeyemo, Director, West African Power Pool (WAPP), Benin
14:30–15:00
A strategic plan for meeting the energy requirements for Ghana: Volta River Authority expansion plan
Jonathan Amoako-Baah, Principal P & C Engineer, Volta River Authority, Ghana
15:00–15:30
Assessment of the impact of wholesale trading in Nigerian Electricity Market
Uzoma Achinanya, Market Operator, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN) Nigeria
15:30-16:00
Refreshment break in exhibition area
  Session 1.3
Strategic: Independent power projects and private-public partnerships (PPP)
Chairman: Marius du Preez, Chief Executive Officer, NETGroup Solutions, South Africa*
16:00–16:30
Abuja power plant – case study: Public and private partnerships working together
Bart Nnaji, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Geometric Power Limited (GPL)
16:30–17:00
The success of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP)
J. A. Olutu, Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Power Holding Company(NDPH), Nigeria
17:00-18:00 Cocktail networking function

Dual translation in English & French/ Traduction simultanée en anglais et français
* invited

PROGRAMME WEDNESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2007

CONFERENCE DAY 2

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

  Session 2.1: Rural electrification
O. C. Iloeje, Commissioner Research & Development, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria 
09:00–09:30
Rural electrification on the African continent – examples and lessons learnt
Andreas Wiese, Director, Energy Division, Lahmeyer International, Germany
09:30–10:00
Case study: Rural electrification updates from Senegal
Babacar Diene, Technical Advisor, Senelec, Senegal
10:00–10:30
Rural Electrification Agency: showcasing innovative renewable power generation, including the promotion of off-the-grid power supply
Sam I. Gekpe, Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency(REA), Nigeria
10:30–11:00
Refreshment break in exhibition area
  Session 2.2: Distribution management and metering
Chairman: Alexander Osei, Divisional Manager MIS, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana
11:00–11:30
Losses localisation and measurement, based upon advanced analysis of metering data 
Lucas Scaraffiotti, Area Sales Manager, Actaris, France
11:30–12:00
Third party vending models
Mike Stevens, Product Manager, Conlog, South Africa
12:00–12:30
Maintenance strategies and condition monitoring techniques for power system equipment
F. O. Enemuoh, Electrical Engineering Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Nigeria
12:30–14:00
Lunch
  Session 2.3: Generation
Chairman: Brent Hampton, Managing Director, SAF Consultant, South Africa
14:00–14:30
Overview of generation and cross border transmission projects
Babatunde Adeyemo, Director, West African Power Pool (WAPP), Benin
14:30–15:00
Reliability of transmission by means of line impedance and K-factor measurement
William Kibart, Regional Sales Director EMEA , Omicron electronics, United Kingdom
15:00–15:30
Transformer protectors: The answer to prevent transformer explosions
Rui Da Silva, Sales Manager, SERGI, France
15:30–16:00
Refreshment break in exhibition area
  Closing Session 2.4: Organisational and operational management for the West African power industry
Moderator: O. A. Adeola, Chief Executive Officer, Ikeja Distribution Zone, PHCN, Nigeria
16:00–17:00

A panel discussion focusing on how changes in the industry affect utilities on both an organisational and an operational level
Topics covered will include:

  • The importance of compliance and standardisation
  • Regional co-operation in addressing the skills shortage
  • Asset maintenance
  • Corporate restructuring implementation

Panellists:

Dual translation in English & French/ Traduction simultanée en anglais et français
* invited