19 February 2010 – Eskom has done “exemplary work” in ensuring consistent power supply for the FIFA World Cup says Nicholas McDiarmid, industry expert and editor of ESI Africa, a power industry magazine.  On the eve of African Utility Week, the largest power and energy conference and exhibition in Africa, which starts in Durban on Monday McDiarmid praised the South Afrian utility giant for doing “exemplary work in ensuring consistent power supply for the FIFA World Cup and co-ordinating regional co-operation among South Africa’s neighbouring countries at a scale never seen before.”

According to McDiarmid, apart from the logistics, the regulatory compliance issues, the tariff agreements and the endless meetings that the project has required, there was also the mammoth task pulling it altogether from a technical and engineering standpoint. “Eskom can hold its head high”, he says, “it has done its country and Africa as a whole proud. The FIFA World Cup may not have happened yet, but Eskom and the regional utilities are ready.“

Some 2000 power professionals from over 60 countries will descend on Durban from 22-25 February for the 10th annual African Utility Week, the largest utility event on the continent.  The event unites senior power industry executives and decision makers, representing the key stakeholders from the entire power utility eco-system, focusing on power infrastructure investment, renewable energy and new industry technologies.  

South African Energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters will open the conference at the ICC on Tuesday 23 February and outline her “Vision 2014:  Where will the energy sector be in the next 4 years?”.

Other highlights:

  1. Keynote address: Powering Africa; creating opportunities; developing human capacity. A recipe for African growth and integration into the global economy. 
    Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Director Symbion Power
  2. Driving investment within the utility sector in Africa – panel discussion led by Freek Robinson.
    African Energy ministers or their representatives from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and DRC as well as Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan and Eskom’s Erica Johnson are amongst the participants.
  3. Closing session on Wednesday, 24 February: 
    Working together for 2010: How local and regional co-operation will ensure a successful Fifa World cup
       Ayanda Noah, Managing Director, 2010, Eskom
  4. Special focus on Renewable Energy and Water utilities.

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