POWER-GEN Africa 2012 confirms further Keynote Speaker


Energy Conference & Exhibition focused on sub-Saharan Africa to provide Global Technology for Local Solutions

6-8 November 2012, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, RSA

With under three weeks to go before the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa, it has been announced that the event has secured the participation of Engr. Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack, Chairman of the Board of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) of Nigeria, to deliver an Opening Keynote address at the joint opening of POWER-GEN Africa and the co-located Renewable Energy World Africa on 6 November 2012.

Engr. Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack is the recently appointed Chairman of the Board of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), and a member of the Presidential Action Committee on Power (PACP). Prior to his appointment as the Chairman of the PTFP by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on September 5, 2012, Engr. Dagogo-Jack served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President & later as the Senior Performance Monitor (SPM) for the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) on the PTFP. He is a foundation member of the PTFP from its inception in June 2010.

Engr. Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack joins a Keynote line-up that includes the South African Minister of Energy, Ms. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, and which will be part of a grand opening to this informative and innovative industry event.

Commenting on today’s announcement, POWER-GEN Africa event Director, Nigel Blackaby, said, “Nigeria has a major requirement for power sector development and undertaking reforms that will see a wave of new IPPs. Engr. Dagogo-Jack’s reports directly to President Jonathan and is therefore well placed to share their experiences and vision for further change in the electricity sector.”

After the Opening Keynote on Tuesday 6 November, a Joint Plenary Panel Discussion will take place, open to all registered event delegates. This will be held under the topic of “Powering Africa’s Growth – The Energy Challenge Ahead”, this session includes speakers from Alstom, Siemens and Andritz Hydro.

Sponsored by Wartsila, Andritz Hydro, Ansaldo Energia, Eskom, Pratt & Whitney, Alstom, Bilfinger and Hyundai, POWER-GEN Africa joins PennWell’s existing network of leading POWER-GEN events including POWER-GEN International, POWER-GEN Europe, POWER-GEN Asia, POWER-GEN Middle East and POWER-GEN India & Central Asia. This event is owned and managed by PennWell, and supported by Power Engineering International (PEi), Renewable Energy World and Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production (COSPP) publications.

Energy experts from around the world will share their knowledge and experience in a programme of strategic and technical sessions focused on solutions for Africa’s energy future during the multi-track conference, including a high-quality renewables track, highlighting the need to utilize the abundant natural resources available within sub-Saharan Africa to complement conventional energy provision .

Highlights include high level debate on ensuring energy security for Africa, implementing effective regulation and securing finance and investment. Technical sessions will showcase state of the art equipment and technologies and will address topical issues such as flexible generation and fuel quality issues. The renewables programme features experts in new hydropower projects and plant rehabilitation as well as session on solar power and geothermal energy. Speakers from the major global suppliers will participate including Siemens, GE Energy Andritz, Alstom, Wartsila, Hitachi.

Beyond the POWER-GEN Africa and Renewable Energy World Africa Conference sessions, POWER-GEN Africa offers a dedicated SOLD OUT trade show floor, including a Renewable Energy World Africa Pavilion, with numerous exhibiting companies displaying state-of-the-art technologies and services. Over the three days of the event the networking, business and knowledge gathering opportunities at Africa’s new power industry conference and exhibition are second to none. Exhibitors include Andritz Hydro, Ansaldo Energia, Bilfinger, Balcke Durr, Eskom, Hitachi, MAN Diesel, Panolin International, Pratt & Whitney, Wartsila, Wood Group, and Worley Parsons to name but a few.

This exciting new industry forum will feature leading power industry professionals from around the world who will share their expertise and experiences to help define Africa’s energy sector of the future. POWER-GEN Africa is set to become the region’s premier conference dedicated to the power industry. It will also provide the perfect setting for industry leaders and decision-makers to network and keep abreast of the latest developments in the sub-Saharan region in the field of power and energy.

Based on the reputation of the global POWER-GEN events, POWER-GEN Africa’s exhibition is expected to attract the world’s leading power equipment and service suppliers, who will line-up alongside local electricity generators and power engineering firms all demonstrating their latest technologies.

POWER-GEN Africa is designed for those who work in the utility and private power sectors, engineering and commercial personnel from the equipment manufacturing and consulting fields. POWER-GEN Africa addresses 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.

For more details online regarding the conference programme, the exhibitor list or to register to attend the event, please visit www.powergenafrica.com

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