22 August 2012 – The energy scene in Africa is developing speedily, and the industry is facing huge challenges with potential growth in demand limited by supply side constraints, and limitations on cross border trade. In response to this two long-established international energy consultancy and training businesses, PPA Energy and MJMEnergy, have pooled resources to form the Energy Academy Africa.
This academy will offer advanced training in the commercial, technical and operational aspects of gas and power. The first pilot training course−Power System Operation: the Fundamentals,is aimed at utility managers needing to understand more about system operations and their economic impact on the power sector. It will run from 22nd of October for 3.5 days at the Kafue Gorge training centre, Zambia.
Subjects covered will be: management of supply and demand; optimising the mix of generation; renewables and their impacts; system security – keeping the lights on; incidents, disturbances and contingencies; interconnection across borders; the cost of getting it wrong and the financial benefit of getting it right.
Courses will follow on gas and other relevant subjects, and can be designed for companies on request. Training locations will be wherever is most convenient.
Neil Pinto, the CEO of PPA Energy, says, "There is rapidly increasing interest in the power sector in Africa, which represents an area for significant growth. Based on my personal experience gained over many years throughout the region, I believe that the signs for positive developments are now better than they have ever been."