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PowerGen Africa

Event to facilitate meaningful and relevant debate

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board has gone to great lengths to ensure that this year’s conference programme is tailored to meaningfully address the issues most relevant to Africa’s power generation sector and supported by a showcase of suppliers who can practically assist in... 

Advanced grid protection system beneficial for African market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Power protection solutions provider Swedish Neutral will exhibit its Ground Fault Neutraliser (GFN) earth fault protection system at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, taking the opportunity to highlight the protection benefits that the system can offer power grids with an unreliable... 

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Australian products showcased at event
POWER PRODUCTS Fireye’s strong footprint in the African power generation sector will be further bolstered through its partnership with the HMA Group

Best practice engineering crucial for supporting solar in South Africa

     14th July 2017 Although the global solar industry is growing rapidly, photovoltaic (PV) plants are still relatively new in South Africa and require professional design expertise to ensure best practice engineering, says consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa power and energy function manager Stephen... 

Best practice engineering crucial for supporting  solar in South Africa
PROTECTING VALUABLE ASSETS The design of a photovoltaic plant lightning protection system requires an engineer with some specialist knowledge and experience to ensure adequate protection

Conformity assessment key to navigating disruption in the power sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The power industry is a global community that has developed a strong habit of sharing best practice and discussing joint problems – making events like POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa invaluable for advancing the sector in times of disruption, says testing, inspection and certification services... 

Conformity assessment key to navigating disruption in the power sector
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UP TO STANDARD Conformity assessment involves ensuring clients’ power assets are developed, constructed and operated in line with all applicable regulations

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Decentralise, find  optimal mix
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NIGEL BLACKABY The nuclear question, optimal use of renewables and funding for independent power producer programmes are key issues for discussion

Energy storage solutions to be leveraged in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The decreasing cost of energy storage solutions presents many opportunities for South Africa to manage the key issue of localised peak load power generation more efficiently, says green energy solutions provider Freedom Won cofounder and director Antony English. 

Energy storage solutions to be leveraged in South Africa
ANTONY ENGLISH AND LIZETTE KRIEL The co-founders of Freedom Won are confident that demand for energy storage will continue to grow in South Africa in the long-term

Event to advance renewable-energy models

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is crucial to business development on a continent where there are chronic energy shortages and access to modern, affordable energy services is critical to developmental objectives, says South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chairperson Davin Chown. 

Event to advance renewable-energy models
DAVIN CHOWN To electrify Africa and really tap its growth potential, we need to look at new, flexible models of energy generation and distribution

Focus shifts to power distribution

     14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Focus shifts to  power distribution
FOCUS ON DISTRIBUTION The backlog in municipal power infrastructure maintenance is growing and could result in more blackouts, especially in rural areas and small towns

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa
NEW AVENUES New technologies enable the delivery of smaller volumes of liquefied natural gas to almost any coastal location

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape
JOHAN ENSLIN The REHOS cycle is based on proven process components, but features a novel interconnected configuration of these components

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With strong correlations between electric capacity and economic development, access to reliable and cost-effective power is crucial to enabling nations to harness the productive capabilities of their people and obtain meaningful growth, says engineering, procurement and construction company Black... 

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development
WEBB MEKO POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is the ideal platform to shift the conversations surrounding new power technology into meaningful action

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments
SHOWCASING SPECIALTIES Sulzer will be highlighting its range of specialist services for rotating equipment operators at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

Spotlight on solar
DOM WILLS A reliable power supply on Robben Island has been ensured through a 666 kW solar farm designed by SOLA Future

Fast, affordable power key for oil and gas producers

     14th July 2017 Given the financial constraints facing the oil and gas industry, the ability to rapidly access affordable power generation that does not tie up capital could be what is needed to jump-start exploration and development activities across Africa, says energy solutions provider APR Energy regional... 

Fast, affordable power key for oil and gas producers
FLEXIBLE POWER SOURCE Fast-track power plants are scalable, which allows generating capacity to easily expand as a project moves from exploration to production

Lapp Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 Established in Germany in the 1950’s and in South Africa in 1994, Lapp Group South Africa's headquarters is located in Modderfontein, Gauteng.  

Lapp Group

WEG Transformers Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) is one of the largest manufacturers of mini substations and distribution transformers in South Africa. 

WEG Transformers Africa

Event costs deter local companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The lack of emphasis on local innovation seems to be reflected in the pricing scheme of the Power-Gen Africa event, which favours international currencies more than the local one, says solar solutions provider Microcare Solar Components marketing manager Gareth Burley. 

Event costs deter local companies
FOCUS ON SOLAR Renewable energy will be a key focus at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event

Microgrid solutions integral to sustainable power systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The economics of distributed power generation are changing rapidly and modern microgrid solutions are becoming an important part of sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric systems, says procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch distributed generation service area... 

Microgrid solutions  integral to sustainable power systems
JASON ABIECUNAS Microgrids are ideal solutions for remote communities with weak or no connection to the utility grid

Integrated LNG import and natural gas facilities poised to meet energy demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies VP Shawn Hoffart and power generation technologies VP and director Alap Shah will discuss the benefits of maximising the synergies of combined LNG import and natural... 

Integrated LNG import and natural gas facilities poised to meet energy demand
SHAWN HOFFART Integrating an LNG import facility with a power plant can increase the plant’s capacity

Event will catalyse power sector advancement

     8th July 2016 By bringing together over 2 000 stakeholders from across the power value chain – from generation through to end-users – Power-Gen Africa 2016 aims to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing that catalyses power sector advancement across the continent, says energy consultancy firm EON... 

Event will catalyse power sector  advancement
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IMPROVING POWER DISTRIBUTION Improving power distribution is just one of the themes that will be discussed at Power-Gen Africa

Increased demand for air pollution control in power industry

     8th July 2016 Increasing pressure on manufacturers in South Africa to reduce their environmental impact has seen a strong demand for mining and bulk handling equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa’s air pollution control technology from the power generation industry. 

Increased demand for air pollution control  in power industry
MAGALDI ASH COOLER A unique system for handling bottom ash from pulverised coal-fired boilers

Quality standards for grid-tied systems worth the wait

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The publication of Small-Scale Embedded Generators (SSEG) national standards for grid-tied systems are more than 12 months overdue, which is a noteworthy delay because of how crucial they are to advancing safe and cost-effective solar energy practices in South Africa, says advanced power product... 

Quality standards  for grid-tied systems  worth the wait
CIS TECHNOLOGY Japanese-manufactured copper, indium and selenium (CIS) solar photovoltaic technology supplied by Sinetech

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges

     8th July 2016 Temporary power plants represent an immediate, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient solution to Southern Africa’s power concerns, says large-scale power solutions provider Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power marketing manager Robert Bagatsing. 

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges
ORANGE RIVER South Africa’s hydropower stations on the river have also been affected by drought

Increased pan-African focus at Power-Gen

     8th July 2016 Power-Gen Africa 2016 has stepped up its pan-African focus with the aim of serving as the continent’s premier knowledge sharing and networking hub for the power generation and distribution sectors, says event organiser PennWell international conferences director Nigel Blackaby. 

Increased pan-African focus  at Power-Gen
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NELISIWE MAGUBANE Effective governance in procurement processes is needed to avoid costly power project derailments

Power-Gen Africa a valuable platform for consulting engineers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Power-Gen Africa provides global engineering consultants WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff with a platform for the company to continue raising its brand profile in the consulting engineering network and to collaborate with like-minded industry players and explore potential new business opportunities,... 

Power-Gen Africa a  valuable platform for  consulting engineers
PAUL GROTA African governments are prioritising power development in their respective countries

More needs to be done to meet Africa’s energy needs

     8th July 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina believes that a lot more needs to be done in Africa, given the continent’s energy potential and the huge needs to be met. Energy is thus at the top of the AfDB’s five major priorities, with the energy and climate change theme highlighted... 

More needs to be done to meet Africa’s energy needs
MEDUPI POWER STATION The African Development Bank is investing €1.86-billion in South Africa’s Medupi power station project

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch will support the evolution of independent power producer (IPP) projects already under way in South Africa. 

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa
KUSILE POWER STATION Black & Veatch has been involved in several power projects throughout Africa, including the build at Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, in South Africa

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

New header designs  to be showcased at  Power-Gen Africa
FLUCTUATING COAL QUALITY Steinmüller Africa has been investigating the impact of varying coal quality on boiler operations at Hendrina power station

Event addresses Africa’s power, distribution sector issues

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Power generation and distribution industry conference and exhibition, POWER-GEN Africa and DistribuTECH Africa’s expert advisory board has identified the integration of renewable energy into the traditional power ecosystem, universal access to power, funding and sustainability as key issues to be... 

Event addresses Africa’s power,  distribution sector issues
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ADDRESSING KEY ISSUES The Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech Africa event will showcase power and distribution industry solutions

Power event partners with local organisations

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 In the interest of being accepted by local communities, events such as Power-Gen Africa (PGA) should partner with local organisations such as coal and energy nonprofit trust the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF), says FFF media and web liaison manager Denise O'Callaghan. PGA will be held from July 15... 

Power event partners with local organisations
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GENERATING COLLABORATION Events such as Power-Gen Africa are beneficial to Africa’s power sector

Global energy solutions industry strengthening across Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Africa will play an increasingly important role in the broader global energy industry over the next several decades, hence global consulting, engineering, procurement, construction company Black & Veatch’s decision to again participate in this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event. The platform... 

Global energy solutions industry strengthening across Africa
RUNNER UP FOR BEST PAPER Power-Gen Africa event director Nigel Blackaby and Black & Veatch VP and project director Dave Leligdon

BEE engineering specialist to increase power-sector presence

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Black-owned engineering specialist Tswelopele Engineering is taking part in Power-Gen Africa (PGA) “to enter new markets and to reach potential solution seekers in all of Africa,” says company CEO Bongane Madondo. PGA, which Madondo describes as a product-awareness platform for engineering... 

BEE engineering specialist to increase power-sector presence
DEPENDABLE SUPPLIER Tswelopele Engineering has established itself as a supplier of voltage regulators, surge arresters and auto-reclosers

Manufacturer showcases aftermarket capability

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Boiler and cooling fan, airheater and gas cleaning equipment manufacturer and supplier Howden Africa will be participating in this year’s PowerGen Africa (PGA) event to emphasise its aftermarket capabilities and customer support services for African utilities, including State-owned power utility... 

Manufacturer showcases  aftermarket capability
KEY SUPPORT BASE Howden supports its installed base of equipment through comprehensive maintenance contracts, spares supply and repair services

Energy group launches energy-saving fluids and lubricants

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Responding to the energy sector’s need to reduce energy consumption, African energy multinational Engen will be exhibiting new energy-saving hydraulic fluids and synthetic lubricants, which will soon be introduced into the company’s product offering, at this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event.... 

Energy group launches energy-saving  fluids and lubricants
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ENERGY-EFFICIENT PETROCHEMICALS Engen supplies energy-saving hydraulic fluids and synthetic lubricants to the industrial sectors and provides products for petrol and diesel engines

Power-Gen Africa highlights renewables storage

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Renewable alternative energy solutions promoter the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA) will chair a debate on renewable-energy storage at this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event, to be held from July 15 to 17 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. SAAEA energy... 

Power-Gen Africa highlights  renewables storage
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IMPORTANT DEBATE Renewable-energy storage is a pressing issue in Africa

Power events combined to tackle Africa’s energy needs

     28th February 2014 Media and information company PennWell International announced, in March, that it has made the strategic decision to co-locate this year’s Power-Gen Africa and Distributech Africa exhibitions and conferences. 

Power station nearing completion

     28th February 2014 Power generation company Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), a subsidiary of the German-based Hitachi Power Europe, which will be exhibiting at Power-Gen Africa 2014, announced, in November, that it has completed 98% of its scope of work on the Unit 6 of Medupi power station and is in a position to... 

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