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African Utility Week: Generation

African Utility Week


21 – 24 May 2012

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.8.1

09h00 – 16h00

What is PAS 55 and how will it benefit my operation?
Leon Erasmus, Focussed Improvement Engineer, Pragma, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries.

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Session 1.0.1
Opening/Keynote session
Chairman: Thembani Bukula, Regulatory member, NERSA, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Welcome address
Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom Holdings, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Keynote address
Minister Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

10h30 – 11h00

Keynote address: Africa Cities of the Future
Ger Bergkamp, Regional Group and Programmes Director Executive Director, International Water Association, The Hague

11h00 – 11h30

The future of M2M communications in Africa: what the opportunities are for utilities, governments and other stakeholders
Kevin Jacobsen, General Manager, MTN, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

African Utility Week Awards

Session 1.8.1
Industry trends and competitive power generation – Where the future lies?

13h30 – 14h00

The progress made within Africa despite the vast challenges through various partnerships – China, IBSA, NEPAD
Progressive Africa – the value of partnerships
David Donaldson, Head, IFC Infraventures, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

14h00 – 14h30

The achievements and lessons learnt by India compared with other developing markets
Vimal Mihendru, Immediate Past President, IEEMA (Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association), India

14h30 – 15h00

Expert lead tour of the exhibition floor
Tour leader: Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Advisors, United States

Session 1.8.2
Post COP17 – The status of regulation and emissions

15h30 – 16h00

Business’ response to regulation and emission pre and post COP17
Doug Kuni, Managing Director, Independent Power Producers Association, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

16h00 – 16h30

WWF Emissions Project – Key issues to consider that will better and develop the power generation industry
Saliem Fakir, Head: Living Planet Unit, WWF, South Africa*

16h30 – 17h15

The Alliance for Rural Electrification – low carbon rural electrification
Balthazar Klimbie, Vice President, Alliance for Rural Electrification, Netherlands

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Session 2.8.1
Power generation technologies – coal, gas and nuclear power

09h00 – 09h30

Solar Thermal (high investment, higher return)
SV Rathnam, Technical Director, New India Electricals, India

09h30 – 10h00

Gas Technology: Trends and opportunities
Conan Jones, Sub Saharan Sales Leader, Jenbacher, GE, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Nuclear Power – Is It Still Considered the Next Big Step for Africa’s Development Post- Fukushima
Philip Lloyd, Research Professor, Energy Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

Session 2.8.2
Technology and project review – A brief overview of exciting projects and opportunities

11h00 – 11h30

The benefits of gas technology in Africa and beyond
Dr Giuseppe Ciccarelli, CEO, Medea Energia, Switzerland

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

11h30 – 12h00

Case study: First unmanned middle capacity HPP in Croatia in commercial use
Darijo Runjic, Business Unit Director, Koncar, Croatia

12h00 – 12h30

Energized Services for Electrical Power Infrastructure
Fred Visser, Managing Director, Quanta Services, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

Session 2.0.1

Closing session: Thought leaders: insights into 2012
Chairperson: David Mwangi, Consultant, Mwangi and Associates, Kenya

14h00 – 14h30

Nelson Mandela Bay mentorship programme
Adriaan Vermaak, Projects Mentor, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa

14h30 – 15h30

Panel discussion: Thought leaders of today share their vision of Africa in 2012


  • Carlos Pone, Managing Director, ABB, South Africa
  • Shamal Sivasanker, Director, Deloittes, South Africa
  • Tebogo Leopeng, Country Sales Executive, GE, South Africa
  • Kevin Jacobsen, General Manager, MTN, South Africa