Del­e­gates to meet at Africa En­ergy Ind­aba

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Gauteng News - NTOMBI NKOSI ntombin@the­newage.co.za

LEAD­ING fig­ures in the African en­ergy scene will con­vene at the 10th An­nual Africa En­ergy Ind­aba, the World En­ergy Coun­cil’s an­nual African re­gional meet­ing, to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of in­no­va­tion and re­gional in­te­gra­tion at a time when the en­ergy sec­tor is un­der­go­ing ma­jor tran­si­tion.

A high-level En­ergy Lead­ers’ Di­a­logue will be part of the ind­aba in Jo­han­nes­burg be­tween Fe­bru­ary 19 and 21.

Dis­cus­sions will fo­cus on en­ergy sec­tor in­no­va­tions in Africa ex­plor­ing near and long-term prospects for tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments such as blockchain, where de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion play a prom­i­nent role within the con­ti­nent.

“In Africa, en­ergy is at the fore­front of the po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness agenda. There is a triple en­ergy tran­si­tion un­der way world­wide and im­pact­ing the African en­ergy sys­tem, driven by de­car­bon­i­sa­tion, in­no­va­tion and new busi­ness mod­els, as well as new risks and re­silience ap­proaches,” Christoph Frei, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the World En­ergy Coun­cil said.

“Achiev­ing a robust en­ergy fu­ture in the con­text of the triple tran­si­tion re­quires dif­fer­ent ap­proaches guided by in­no­va­tive poli­cies. Dig­i­tally en­abled and dis­trib­uted en­ergy sources point strongly to a fu­ture en­ergy land­scape where de­cen­tralised ap­proaches cre­ate en­tirely new op­por­tu­ni­ties for ru­ral Africa and be­yond,” Frei said.

Key speak­ers will in­clude Namibia Deputy Min­is­ter of En­ergy Kor­nelia Shilunga; Amadou Hott, head of en­ergy, the African De­vel­op­ment Bank Group; Dr El­ham Ibrahim, vice-chair for Africa, World En­ergy Coun­cil; Vik­tor Po­likar­pov, re­gional vice-pres­i­dent, Africa, Rosatom; Leon Viljoen, CEO, ABB South Africa; Paddy Pad­manathan, ACWA Power; CEO of Bboxx Man­soor Ha­mayun and many more en­ergy lu­mi­nar­ies.

“The African con­ti­nent has end­less po­ten­tial for so­lar, wind, hy­dropower and geo­ther­mal en­ergy re­sources. The scope for Africa and all its coun­tries to un­lock their en­ergy po­ten­tial is im­mense both con­ven­tional and re­new­able,” Liz Hart, man­ag­ing director, Africa En­ergy Ind­aba.

“The African Union’s Agenda 2063, has high­lighted the growth po­ten­tial of re­new­able en­ergy and iden­ti­fied it as a pri­or­ity for the next decade and by 2040 it is fore­cast that re­new­ables could pro­vide more than 40% of all power gen­er­a­tion with off­grid so­lar set to triple.

“The busi­ness op­por­tu­nity linked to the de­vel­op­ment of the en­ergy sec­tor in Africa will be high­lighted through­out the Africa En­ergy Ind­aba with hosted CEOs from var­i­ous African util­i­ties, ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion agen­cies and reg­u­la­tors, among oth­ers, at­tend­ing the event, seek­ing so­lu­tions to take back to their coun­tries,” Hart said.

The World En­ergy Coun­cil will also be host­ing its Africa re­gional meet­ing and a work­shop fo­cussing on world en­ergy sce­nar­ios up to 2060.

IN­NO­VA­TIONS: The en­ergy sec­tor is un­der­go­ing a ma­jor tran­si­tion.

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