The West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC)
19-21 November 2007,
The West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC 2007 encourages regional cooperation through a unique forum highlighting topics on generation, transmission and distribution as well as the development and reform of the West African power sector.
WAPIC 2007 will focus on finance, regional cooperation, alternative and renewable energy sources, integrated energy plans, demand side management, privatisation and government policies, and ways of turning environmental challenges into profitable solutions for the power sector. The full spectrum of generation, transmission and distribution will be covered within the context of regional challenges and cooperation. This international event provides the ideal platform for the West African region to work towards sustainable development and in turn attract future investment and business opportunities.
Background to the Nigerian power sector
The Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act 2005 was drafted to provide the legislative framework for the reform of the Nigerian power sector in accordance with the policies set out in the National Electric Power Policy. The Act will help remove the hurdles of operational and regulatory responsibilities of the electricity industry. It provides the legal backing for the unbundling of Nigeria Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and the formation of successor companies to take over the various functions, assets and liabilities of NEPA.
The EPSR Act gave the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) the responsibility of licensing companies to generate, transmit and distribute electricity and to set up the legal framework with these companies to operate with acceptable tariffs and levels of customer service. Following the enactment of the EPSR Act an initial holding company was established, named the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to which the assets, liabilities and staff of NEPA was transferred. Since then the reform of the Nigeria electricity sector has progressed appreciably, with an unbundling into 18 companies to succeed NEPA (PHCN), the parent company. A coordinator was appointed at the PHCN headquarters to oversee the winding down of the PHCN and the taking off of the 18 new successor companies.
WAPIC gives you the opportunity to meet the new Chief Executive Officers of these 18 successor companies and to understand their vision and direction.
The event includes:
- A two day conference
- Pre-conference seminar
- Exhibition featuring the latest technologies on offer
- Networking receptions
WAPIC 2007 gives you a chance to get to know more about the power industry in West Africa.