POWER-GEN Africa and the inaugural DistribuTECH Africa events aim to address local skills shortfalls through a series of in-depth Technical Training workshops to be presented during the conferences and exhibition next year.

POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa will be co-located at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 17 – 19 March 2014, attracting industry experts and power industry professionals from across Africa and abroad.

Now officially sanctioned as CPD (Continual Professional Development) events by the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical Engineers), POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa will include a number of free workshops, as well as optional extra WADE Africa Decentralized Energy workshops.

The free Technical Training Workshops, presented by carefully selected experts, are designed to offer delegates the unique opportunity to receive training in various categories of the generation, transmission and distribution fields. With this acquired knowledge, delegates will be able to immediately implement what they have learnt back at their plants.

The workshops will include:

· Introduction to Ethernet Basics – Doron Kowensky, H3I Squared

· The Art of Cable Fault Location – Nathaniel Folscher, Megger

· Unified Grid Intelligence – Ameen Hamdon and Anthony Eshpeter, Subnet

· Wet Coal, A Case Study – Gary Allen, RAM3

· Squared Ethernet for Utilities – Advanced Introduction into Ethernet Technology – Darryn Sugerman, H3i

· Demo of PPE & Cable Cutting Equipment – Stuart Ashton, Pieter Maree and Dev Naidoo, Surge Technology

· The ABC of Insulation Testing – Marius Pitzer, Megger

· ARC Flash Solutions – Rudolf Van Heerden, Schweitzer

· How to test an OC/EF Relay Quick & Easy – Marius Pitzer, Megger

· Lighting Dissipation – Marius Grobbelaar and Jeff Edwards, Adriatic Power

These workshops will be held at the Presentation Theatre, Exhibition Hall on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 March and are FREE to all delegates and visitors.

The WADE workshops, focusing on the promise of decentralized energy to light up Sub-Saharan Africa, will include expert presentations on:

* Policies and programs that will create the needed incentives for investment

* The outlook for natural gas supplies

* Integration of renewables

* Distributed technologies, CHP, trigeneration, and onsite power production

* The Obama Power Africa – developments and opportunities

To register go to the Power-Gen Africa website and sign up for the workshop in addition to POWER-GEN or DistribuTECH Africa.

Rates for WADE Workshop, including refreshments and lunch: WADE Members: $99 / Non-WADE Members: $149.

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.

Source: POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa

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