One of the highlights of the upcoming African Utility Week in February 2010 will be the prestigious, annual awards given to the power and metering industry. The awards will be hosted and announced by event organisers Spintelligent as well as the publications ESI Africa and Metering International.

The awards fall in the following three categories:

1) The annual ESI Africa Utility Chief Executive Officer of the Year. This award will be voted for by an independent panel of industry experts and will be based on nominations from the industry.

Utilities across Africa face the formidable task of not only ensuring continued supply to both their domestic and commercial customers, but are actively needing to increase generation, install and upgrade transmission networks and actively manage the distribution cycle. Once again, those often unsung heroes whose vision, commitment and leadership provide a guiding light across the continent, will be honoured.

A motivational entry in the form of a summary of 500 words plus any supporting documentation should be sent via email to Chanel Bradley at chanel.bradley@spintelligent.com

2) The prestigious Power Station Manager of the Year Award 2010 will be hosted and announced by ESI Africa magazine. This award will be voted for by an independent panel of industry experts and will be based on nominations from the industry.

The entry should be based on any project which has been implemented since the beginning of 2009. The judging panel will be looking for genuine excellence on a specific project or achievement that a power plant manager has introduced and that has led to a remarkable improvement at the power plant, in the surrounding community or to the environment. A motivational entry in the form of a summary of 500 words plus any supporting documentation should be sent which outlines the project and achievements of the power plant manager.

Excellent performance in some or all of the following categories will be considered:

  • Qualities of leadership
  • Management practices and style
  • Safety systems and safety measures implemented
  • Educational and training programmes
  • Energy efficiency programmes
  • Environmental considerations
  • Overall management of the plant
  • Public awareness campaigns.

Send your entry via email to Chanel Bradley at chanel.bradley@spintelligent.com

3) The Metering Excellence award covers all facets of metering. Metering International magazine recognises excellence among African electricity and water utilities and meter suppliers with this awards and nominations will be accepted with respect to innovations in metering products, systems and projects.

Nominations will be accepted in two categories:

  • Most innovative metering product or system by an African-based company
  • Most innovative metering project in Africa

Send your entry via email to Adele Eloff at adele.eloff@spintelligent.com.

The African Utility Week conference and exhibition takes place at the ICC in Durban from 22 to 25 February this year. Eskom will join the eThekwini Municipality as host utility for thousands of delegates and key industry experts who will be discussing the challenges facing the energy and utility sectors in Africa.

The unique training, networking and discussion platforms will demonstrate how utilities can be more efficient and offer cost-effective services through improved infrastructure maintenance, load management, delivery and revenue management choices.

For more information on African Utility Week contact:
Conference producer: Claire Volkwyn
Phone: +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT: 3559
Email: claire.volkwyn@spintelligent.com
Event websites: www.african-utility-week.com ; www.powerindaba.com
For more events by Spintelligent: www.spintelligent-events.com