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DRC’s Inga Project an example of hydropower’s sustainability as well as successful regional project development

Westcor Chief Executive, Pat Naidoo says hydropower projects in Southern Africa could produce some of cheapest energy in the world and therefore make a huge economic contribution to the region and ultimately to the continent.  In an interview with the Sunday Standard in Botswana, Dr Naidoo says his confidence stems from a recent Westcor study.  “All we need is to employ the relevant technology, with no environmental implications, because our source (water) is natural,” according to Dr Naidoo.

Westcor is a joint venture between the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Angola to develop the Inga project in the DRC which has an estimated potential of ±44 000MW.

Dr Naidoo will join some of the world’s top hydropower experts and contribute to discussions on the future of the industry on the continent during the Hydropower Africa conference from 28-29 July in Sandton, South Africa.  This event is the only hydropower conference in Africa.

Hydropower Africa will feature over 40 industry experts concerned with cross border trading & regional cooperation; financing; feasibility & design; dam construction, dam monitoring; maintenance & refurbishment; environmental issues, and small & micro hydro.

Programme highlights:

  • Keynote address:  Hydropower and sustainable development – Terry Moss, Vice President, International Hydropower Association.
  • Making hydropower a feasible solution for Africa’s generation needs – a round-table discussion focusing on Grand Inga and Bujagali.
  • The role, benefits and technology of pumped storage hydroelectricity – an update on the Ingula project, South Africa.
  • Feasibility design of small hydro power, including Bethlehem Hydro, Josini Hydro and Vaal Dam in South Africa.
  • International case studies on big hydro projects from Afghanistan, Canada, Ethiopia, Italy, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Iceland.
  • Closing session: The politics of hydropower in Africa with a panel discussion on “The African utility vs. political stability”.

More industry-elite participants include:

  • James Baanabe, Acting Commissioner: Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
  • Semegne Bekele, Project Coordinator, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), Ethiopia
  • Laurent Kitoko, Director of International Relations, SNEL, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Frans Louwinger, Corporate Specialist (Hydro), Generation Business Engineering, Eskom, South Africa
  • Lasten Mika, Energy and Environment Projects Manager, Practical Action Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Fatin Ali Mohamed, Industrial Development Officer, Rural and Renewable Energy, UNIDO, Austria
  • Terry Moss, Vice President, International Hydropower Association, South Africa
  • Jeong Hae-Jeong, Manager: Project Design, Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water),
  • Korea Kwaku Wiafe, Office of the Deputy Chief Executive, Volta River Authority, Ghana

For more information on Hydropower Africa and to download the programme, go to the event website:  esiafrica.wpengine.com/hpa

For more information on the conference contact:
Conference producer:  Nicolaas Loretz
Phone:  +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT:  3555
Email:  nicolaas.loretz@spintelligent.com

For media enquiries, accreditation and speaker interviews contact:
Marketing Manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Phone:  +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT: 3558
Mobile:  +27 (0) 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@spintelligent.com
More events by Spintelligent:  www.spintelligent-events.com

Venue:                                                          
Protea Hotel Balalaika
Sandton, Johannesburg
South Africa

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