POWER-GEN Africa, DistribuTECH Africa confirm Eskom support

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POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa have confirmed the full support of Eskom for the upcoming Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa on the 17 to 19 March 2014.

The support from Eskom includes becoming the Networking Reception sponsor, as well as confirming their attendance with the largest exhibition booth on the POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa exhibition show floor. This announcement follows on from similar support received from Eskom for the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa which took place in Johannesburg in November 2012.

POWER-GEN Africa will once again provide comprehensive coverage of the power needs, resources, and issues facing the electricity generation industries across sub-Saharan Africa, with the inaugural DistribuTECH Africa focusing on all aspects of transmission and distribution within this area of the globe.

POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa targets those who work in the utility and private power sectors, engineering and commercial personnel from the equipment manufacturing and consulting fields. The event will address professionals from energy intensive industries with responsibility for ensuring power supply, and officials and ministers from the national and regional political spheres who are tasked with energy policy.

The 2014 conferences will run concurrently, alongside the power sector’s premier expo, from 17 to 19 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. They will attract African dignitaries and international energy experts from sub-Saharan Africa, the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and further afield, who will deliver their insights in a programme designed by an Advisory Board of African and international power industry experts.

In a comprehensive programme spanning five tracks across the co-located events, speakers will include South African Energy Minister Ben Martins, Eskom Group Executive Dr Steve Lennon, and Nampower Namibia Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba.

Senior executives from key local players such as SASOL, Shell and Alstom will deliver talks or participate in in-depth panel discussions alongside high-ranking executives from top energy organisations from across the continent and the globe, including the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on Power, EDM Mozambique, the Ethiopian Power Corporation, Electricite de France, the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission and the African Development Bank, as well as respected academics and industry leaders.

Global event organisers PennWell report that more than 2100 attendees from 63 countries and six continents attended the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa 2012, and they expect the 2014 event to attract even larger numbers of high-level decision-makers and address key technology and development issues for the sub-Saharan Africa energy marketplace through a comprehensive educational programme and three-day exhibition.

The events will include two technical tours, to Eskom’s new Centre for Substation Automation and Energy Management Systems (CSAEMS), Cape Town Peninsula University of Technology; and to Eskom’s Ankerlig Power Station, previously known as the Atlantis OCGT power station, one of five gas turbine power plants in South Africa.

A series of Technical Training Workshops will also give delegates the unique opportunity to receive training in various categories of the generation, transmission and distribution fields.

In addition to the conference programme, POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa offer a substantial and world-class exhibition floor, playing host to a number of world-class suppliers and service providers, from home and abroad.

Those attending POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa will also be able to take part in free training workshops provided by leading suppliers and thereby enhance skill levels, plus the new addition of a WADE Africa Decentralized Energy Workshop. There are also two fascinating technical tours available to those who book in advance.

For the full Preliminary Conference Programme and to download the Pre Show Guide, detailing the conference, exhibitor list, floor plan, hotel and registration information, as well as Technical Tour and Workshop details please visit www.powergenafrica.com or www.distributechafrica.com

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