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
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Venue:                                                          
Protea Hotel Balalaika
Sandton, Johannesburg
South Africa