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African Utility Week: T&D / Smart Grids

African Utility Week

T&D / Smart Grids 

21 – 24 May 2012

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.7.1
Smart grid technology workshop

09h00 – 12h30

Introduction to the LVSS; Use of PLC and GPRS communications; Virtual power station; meter data management; standardisation
Joe Paul; Andrew Goedhart; Paroshen Naidoo; Jan Olwagen – Util Labs, South Africa

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

Conference Program Day 1

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.7.2
Smart thinking

13h30 – 13h50

A low cost reinforcement option for sub-transmission lines in rural areas: The case for Zambia’s North-eastern 66kV lines
Ackson Mwale, Chief Engineer, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited, Zambia

13h50 – 14h20

Suitable Smart Grid skills and skills development: Improving indigenous capabilities
Shamal Sivasanker, Director, Deloitte, South Africa
Namhla Mxenge, Executive Lead – Human Capital Practice, Deloitte, South Africa

14h20 – 14h40

Demand Response: Smart Grid’s Silver Bullet?
Rob Surtees, Managing Director, Enerweb, South Africa

14h40 – 15h00

Safety operations on medium voltage switchgear
Barry Gass, Training Manager, ACTOM Protection and Control, South Africa

Session 0.7.3
Smart technology

15h30 – 15h50

M2M communications and an enabled grid
Göran Naslund, Global Business Development Manager Metering, Vodafone, Sweden

15h50 – 16h10

The green age, smart grid an d fourth generation protection
Jeff Edwards, President, Energy Control Systems International, United States

16h10 – 16h30

Prevention of oil-filled transformers explosion by a fast depressurization strategy
Nino Litims, Business Development Area Manager, SERGI Holding, France

16h30 – 17h00

High voltage and extra high voltage cables emphasis
Mohamad Eid Chmaitilli, Sr. Manager Marketing, Jeddah Cables Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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

Conference Program Day 2

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 1.7.1
Paving the way for Smart Grid in Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Does a truly smart system exist?
Paroshen Naidoo, Head of Operations, UtilLabs, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Smart cities: How technology will be used to enable the African Smart Grid
Bill Pezalla, Industry Manager – Power & Energy, GE Intelligent Platforms, United States

14h30 – 15h00

Integrating renewable energy into the grid
Clinton Carter-Brown, Corporate Specialist, Industry Association Resource Centre, Eskom Technology Division, South Africa
Mobolaji Bello, Senior Advisor, Eskom Group Technology, South Africa

Session 1.7.2
Getting the basics right

15h30 – 16h15

Lessons from smart grid developments in India
Vimal Mahendru, Immediate Past President, IEEMA – Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association, India

16h15 – 16h45

Lessons from Smart Grid deployments in the United States
Harry Blake, Contracted Senior Manager, IEC Smart Grid, United States

16h45 – 17h15

Asset management improvement in an electricity distribution environment – the Ekurhuleni case study
Alan Tait, Managing Director – Africa, Pragma, South Africa

Conference Program Day 3

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Session 2.7.1
Challenges impacting infrastructure development and maintenance

09h00 – 09h30

Fault path indicators for your profit
Jako Winter, Electrical Engineer, ADC Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Trends for Insulation Fluids
Johan Grövik, Naphthenics – Global Marketing Manager Transformer Oil, Nynas AB, Sweden

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

10h00 – 10h30

Facing the land rights issue: timeous acquisition of servitudes
Jeanette Mmamoloko Seabe, Senior Manager Land Development, Eskom, South Africa

Session 2.7.2
Driving Development Forward

11h00 – 11h20

Harmonization of technical standards to support the evolution of a smart pan-African grid
Paul Johnson, Executive Secretary; African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission, South Africa

11h20 – 11h40

The path to a Smarter Grid: integrating higher levels of renewable and Demand Response
Marc Lamey, Vice President Smart Grid Sales & Business Development, Alstom Grid, France

11h40 – 12h30

Tour of the Exhibition Hall
Tour leader: Paul Johnson, Executive Secretary; African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission, South Africa

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