Identifying top challenges in African power


Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference advisory board members and top executives have launched a series of African roadshows to consult power sector policymakers and industry leaders on the most pressing issues in African power provision today. The roadshow will visit various countries across sub-Saharan Africa and aims to support the development of a conference programme that adds value to pan-Africa’s burgeoning power sector, and which brings together key players from across the continent to the event.

Nigel Blackaby, director of conferences at PennWell International Power Group, says the first few visits with sub-Saharan stakeholders have already taken place. He says that many of the issues raised by the utilities and power experts had already been identified as essential topics by the advisory board and have been scheduled for inclusion in the 2017 conference in Johannesburg.

Dr. Willie de Beer, chairman of the event board, explained the objective of the visits is to learn first-hand from other utilities, policymakers, regulators and service providers regarding their views, opportunities and challenges from an electricity supply industry perspective. At these visits, the 2017 draft programme was shared to gather inputs and to evaluate how best to adjust the programme to ensure that it address the requirements of Africa. Among the issues African stakeholders touched on were renewables, the privatisation of state assets, and challenges around financing for infrastructure expansion.

Topics to be covered at the upcoming conference include finance and investment, the digital technology revolution in power plant technology, decentralised energy solutions, models for industry sustainability, asset performance management, opportunities in renewable technologies, solar energy, bio-energies, trends in utility management, lessons for Africa from world nuclear power programmes and a panel debate advancing visions for Africa’s energy future.

Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa 2017 will be held from 18 to 20 July 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Contact Leigh Angelo, ITP Communications, Tel 011 869-9153,

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