Energy Summit In Abidjan To Explore West Africa's Gas & Energy Markets

EnergyNet will host the second Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Côte d'Ivoire from 24-25 January 2018 - a strategic platform for project evolution and partnership development.

The conference will discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and potential gas investments across West Africa.

At the first Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in January 2017, His Excellency Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies summed up the relevance of the summit with his statement.

“The importance of the theme (Regional Energy Cooperation Summit) is well established in the light of the needs of African countries in terms of access to different energy sources, including renewable energies".

The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from last year's meeting, identifying next steps and bringing together ECOWAS decision-makers and global energy investors to advance regional partnerships and interconnection projects.

Programme Manager Valeria Aruffo commented; "Given the abundant reserves from many West African gas fields which will firstly be harnessed for power and domestic use, the summit will instigate the conversation surrounding the sub-region's booming global gas market.

We'll focus on export and import capacities, balancing domestic obligation and regional trade, and of course the role of LNG in facilitating gas development in the sub-region."

With the overarching theme of regional integration in West Africa, the summit will gather ECOWAS energy ministers and government representatives, heads of utilities, regulators, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies from across West Africa to discuss how to unlock investments for the development of power projects.

Alongside partners ENGIE, Manitoba Hydro, Metka, Wartsila & Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the Summit is officially endorsed by Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), ANER, Energy Commission Ghana and the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Access Power, FMO Launch Second Edition Of Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition

FMO, the Dutch development bank, and Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, announced the launch of the 2018 FMO Access Power Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition following the competition's successful first installment in 2016 at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference.

The initiative is aimed at helping local solar power developers that require development support to make their innovative solar projects more impactful.In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology.

They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).

Furthermore, eligible projects should have an innovative or impactful angle to the project that can be developed with support of the grant. Proposals will be screened and scored by a pre-selection committee assembled by FMO and Access Power.

Four shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their projects and answer questions from a panel of judges in front of a live audience on the 15th of February 2018 during the second edition of the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference, co-organized by FMO and Solarplaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 15 and 16 February. The winning project will be announced at the end of the session during the event.

The winner will receive a $100,000 grant towards the development costs of their project from FMO and Access Power. In addition to that, Access Power will pre-qualify the winning proposal of the Solar Shark Tank competition for the 2018 edition of the Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition, subject to meeting ACF qualification requirements. Access Power will provide the ACF winner with technical support, financial structuring and development process management.

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman of Access Power, commented: "Following the competition's successful launch in 2016, we are thrilled to have once again partnered with FMO to promote and help development of early stage solar projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2016 we received over 36 of applications from 21 countries and 2018 looks set to build on that success. We look forward with great interest to receiving this year's entries and hearing the judge's final decision during an exciting live event at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference in Amsterdam".

Jurgen Rigterink, CEO of FMO, added: "FMO is proud to partner again with Access Power to help improve access to energy in the regions in the world where it is most needed. The entries of this year's competition will all contribute to clean and affordable energy, making it possible for people to improve their livelihoods. We look forward to an inspiring event".

Application procedures close on 5th of January 2018. Visit the Solar Shark Tank page on or to download the application form.




GE's Hardware And Digital Upgrades Help Increase Efficiency At Azito Power Plant In Ivory Coast

To improve performance and provide valuable insights and visibility into plant and turbine operations, GE's Power Services announced it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. to upgrade two gas turbines at the company's combined-cycle power plant.

GE's hardware upgrade and Operations Optimization digital solutions will help increase power output by up to 30 megawatts (MW) and will equip Azito with the insights it needs to increase efficiency and improve operations at the power plant. The project, located in the Yopougon district of Ivory Coast, marks GE's first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"As the electricity sector has undergone significant reform in Ivory Coast, new regulations have helped foster a more welcoming environment to help Ivorians gain access to electricity," said Luc Aye, managing director of Azito Energie. "At the center of this agreement with GE is our commitment to provide the people of Ivory Coast with access to more reliable electricity. With GE's upgrade package and digital solutions, we will produce more power, improve the efficiency of the plant and reduce our carbon footprint."

In addition to increasing power output by up to 30 MW, upgrades on the turbines are expected to deliver a combined-cycle efficiency increase, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions. GE's solutions will also extend inspection intervals for the gas turbines, reducing maintenance and repair expenses—which, in turn, will reduce overall plant costs and result in improving profitability.

"With the Azito power plant producing more than a third of the electricity in Ivory Coast, these improvements will have a wide-reaching impact on the country's energy landscape" said Elisee Sezan, general manager, GE's Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Until two decades ago, the country was heavily reliant upon hydroelectric power and fell into an energy crisis when the electricity output from its dams was drastically reduced due to droughts. With this project, we look forward to supporting Azito Energie in its efforts to help Ivory Coast achieve its strategic energy objectives to increase existing plants' efficiency and double the installed capacity it had in early 2013 by 2020."

The installation of GE's Predix*-based Operations Optimization solution will provide numerous operational benefits at the Azito plant. Slated for installation in mid-2018, the software will equip Azito with deep insights and key performance indicator (KPI)-based analytics to help improve overall plant performance.

It delivers enterprise data visibility across power plant and fleet-wide footprints, providing a holistic understanding of operational decisions. The solution also can provide operational benefits such as: 

Improved reliability and availability via enhanced predictivity.

More accurate performance monitoring and forecasting.

Dispatch enhancement via improved visibility into plant capability.

Lower production costs and asset generation forecasting for improved asset dispatch.

"With GE's Operations Optimization software, Azito will be able to improve productivity across its worldwide fleet with fact-based actions that align to KPIs," said Narendra Asnani, Executive Sales Director, GE's Power Services business for Sub-Saharan Africa. "It will also enable them to tackle operational issues, meet business demand, align people and systems, and reach true plant capacity while reducing cost and downtime." 

GE is a historical player and a pioneer in Ivory Coast, particularly in the power sector. For example, the first ever gas turbines (Vridi, 1984), the first independent power production project (Ciprel, 1994) and the first combined-cycle power plants in the country (Azito and Ciprel, 2015) all run mainly on GE technology.

In 2015, the company demonstrated its commitment to help bolster the Ivorian power sector to meet future demand increases and challenges with the signing of a cross-sector Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Ivory Coast.

In the MoU, GE agreed to support the country in attaining its infrastructure development goals, which include adding 1 gigawatt of power to the Ivorian national grid.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco Lends Hand To Gas Summit

On November 29 to 1 December 2017, Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, The 'Gas Options North and West Africa Summit' and The 'Africa Renewable Energy Forum' will assemble some of the most active national and international public and private stakeholders to forge partnerships, finalise deals and glean the most important developments taking place in Africa's energy and power sector.

Travelling to Casablanca to join these high-level discussions, the Forums have confirmed the participation of 5 Ministers of Energy including:

Honourable Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Honourable, Patrick Eyogo Edzang, Minister of Water and Energy, Gabon

H.E. Honourable Minister Maliki Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali

H.E. Honourable Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal

Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo, Deputy Minister for Power, Ministry of Energy, Ghana

H.E. Honourable Senator Tsitsi Muzenda, Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe

With the support and attendance of high level experts from Cheniere, Siemens, Shell, White & Case, Wärtsila, Clarke Energy, Karpowership, DBSA, DLA Piper, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, Jinko Solar, ACWA Power and Alfanar, the Gas Options: North and West Africa Summit and the Africa Renewable Energy Forum will collaborate with distinguished experts such as Amina Benkhadra, Director General, National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Leila Farah Mokaddem, Country Manager of Morocco, of the African Development Bank, Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie, Director, Head of Morocco, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Koffi Klousseh, Director of Project Development, at Africa50,  Rafael Huarte, Lázaro, Director, International Gas Union (IGU), and Khalid Berradi, Chief Operations Officer, of OCP Policy Center.

Some of the most pressing topics to be discussed will include, what is the long-term commitment of the private sector in making renewable energy profitable and affordable, What new technologies are promising to change the course of renewable energy development, should Governments and DFIs be developing more guarantee and risk mitigation instruments and the potential of the Gas IPP procurement programme as an anchor for industrial growth.

Dubai Chamber Set To Host Global Business Forum On Africa

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the list of sponsors and supporting partners for the fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, which will be hosted on November 1-2, 2017, in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, this year’s Forum bears the theme “Next Generation Africa” and has received considerable support from major companies and institutions in the UAE and abroad.

The Forum lends itself across diverse topics and in-depth debates to find sustainable solutions, explore financing opportunities, encourage investment partnerships and explore growth prospects and challenges.

The list of sponsors and partners includes: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) as gold sponsor, and Standard Bank – South Africa, Invest Africa and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic Award (HIPA) as supporting partners.

Dubai Media Incorporated was announced as broadcast partner, while the list of media partners includes a number of leading local, regional and international media entities.

His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber, said: “We appreciate the great interest in the fourth edition of the Global Business Forum on Africa and the efforts our partners have exerted to ensure the success of the event.

Their support is guaranteed to have a significant impact on our mission to promote Dubai as a global hub for entrepreneurship, which, in turn, further promotes the Forum as an ideal platform for exploring Africa’s future economic prospects.”

The fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, the largest event of its kind in the region, is expected to attract 1,000 top-level participants, including government and corporate decision-makers, African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, government officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The event is part of the Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum series, which focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America. The series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, 5,400 executives, and a host of decision makers from 65 countries to date.

Dubai Chamber is collaborating with the Economist Group to develop the content of the forum. The previous Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai attracted more than 1,000 participants, while more than 100 bilateral investment meetings were held during the event.


Sonangol Says Bureaucracy Is Not Favoring Oil Development In Angola

In a meeting with João Lourenço, the new President of Angolan, Sonangol EP, along with several oil operators, said bureaucracy in the oil sector is ‘unfavorable to the overall development of the industry.’

Reinforcing the alignment with the concerns of Sonangol's partners, and anticipating some solutions, the statutes of Sonangol have recently been revised in light of these identified issues.

A hierarchical level has thus been eliminated in the approval pyramid, which will make the whole process of analysis much faster, including approvals of the operators' dossiers.

Other critical areas for improvement have also been identified, which require total dedication and specialization due to their importance in the business. These include: the management of the concessionaire; the review of old approval processes that have long existed within the company; and the replacement of the Ex-CEO who oversaw the concessionaire's management and the relationship with its operators.

These functions are now being carried out by two Directors who guarantee full commitment to the best management practices and the appropriate treatment of the challenges to the sector.

In the recent meeting with the President, Sonangol's commitment to the ultimate goal of defending and protecting the interests of the Angolan State were reaffirmed.

Sonangol has maintained a constant and transparent dialogue between the operators, the company and the government in order to advance the interests of the national industry.

In July of this year, Sonangol held an international roadshow at the headquarters of the main oil companies to discuss investment plans in Angola and the challenges facing the industry. This event was accompanied by meetings held with each of the operators based in Angola.

Sonangol reached an agreement with the operators to significantly increase the competitiveness of the national oil industry. As a result, production costs per barrel fell by 48% from 2014 to 2016, and cost-cutting and investment efforts led by Sonangol resulted in additional savings of US $ 1.7B in 2017.

Sonangol has also worked with the operators to identify new investment opportunities. Despite the reduction of recent investment in Angola, which is no more than a reflection and consequence of reduced investment worldwide, there are still very interesting opportunities in both oil and gas, which is enough to keep production levels attracting profitability for the long-term future.

In Sonangol's opinion, investment in this opportunity goes through for better management of costs and projects in industry.

The meeting ended with a strengthened feeling that the company is on the right track and in total harmony with our partners in responding to the challenges facing the industry.

The creation of a joint team led by the Ministry of Petroleum, which includes the Ministry of Finance and Sonangol, show the alignment of the main decision-makers in the analysis of the most competitive framework for this sector in Angola.


The Board of Directors at Sonangol remains highly involved and strongly committed, together with all the players of the national oil industry, to fulfill its mission of increasing revenues for the Angolan State.

Africa Eyes $1trn Food Market To Restart African Economic Growth

The Africa Agriculture Status Report, which was launched this week in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Cote d’Ivoire, says that a growing food market in Africa, which may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030, will substitute imports with high value food made in Africa.

According to the report, agriculture will be Africa’s quiet revolution, with a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth that failed to materialise from mineral deposits and increased urbanisation.

Despite 37 percent of the population now living in urban centres, most jobs have been created in lower paid, less productive services rather than in industry, with this service sector accounting for more than half of the continent’s GDP. Smart investments in the food system can change this picture dramatically if planned correctly.

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa which commissioned the study said Africa has the latent natural resources, skills, human and land capacity to tip the balance of payments and move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa.

“This report shows us that agriculture involving an inclusive transformation that goes beyond the farm to agri-businesses will be Africa’s surest and fastest path to that new level of prosperity.” She said.

To succeed, Africa’s agricultural revolution needs to be very different to those seen in the rest of world. It requires an inclusive approach that links millions of small farms to agribusinesses, creating extended food supply chains and employment opportunities for millions including those that will transition from farming.

This is in contrast to the model often seen elsewhere in the world of moving to large scale commercial farming and food processing, which employs relatively few people and requires high levels of capital.

The report highlights the opportunity for Africa to feed the continent with food made in Africa that meets the growing demand of affluent, fast growing urban populations on the continent looking for high value processed and pre-cooked foods. Furthermore, it advocates that this opportunity should be met by many of the continent’s existing smallholder farmers.

Currently part of this growing demand for Africa’s food is met by imports. These amount to $35bn p.a. and are expected to cost $110bn by 2025 unless Africa improves the productivity and global competiveness of its agribusiness and agriculture sectors.

The report acknowledges that the private sector holds the key to the transformation of the food system so far. “Impressive value addition and employment is being created by SMEs along value chains in the form of increased agricultural trade, farm servicing, agro processing, urban retailing and food services.

Large agribusinesses like seed companies, agro processors and supermarkets are also playing an increasing role in the food value chain in many regions,” said Peter Hazell (IFPRI), the technical director of the report.

However, the study is clear that left to the private sector alone, growth in the agrifood system will not be as fast as it could, nor will it benefit as many smallholder farmers and SMEs as it could. Government support is needed to both stimulate and guide the transition.

As a high priority, governments need to create an enabling business environment and in particular, meet targets to invest ten percent of GDP in agriculture, agreed at the 2003 African Union (AU) Summit as part of The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The report also urges governments to nurture a globally competitive food production sector through measures such as increasing infrastructure investment in secondary cities and towns, improving the reliability of energy and water supplies, building more wholesale market spaces, promoting open regional trade, identifying and investing in first mover crops and introducing stricter standards for food safety and quality. 

The authors also call on governments to stimulate new private public partnerships for more innovative financing and insurance provision which can lead to increased resilience for farmers and their households. While globally agricultural insurance is a $2 billion business, Africa accounts for less than two percent of the market.

Other fiscal stimulus measures suggested include improving financial regulations, developing better credit-reporting processes, opening up special economic zones, supporting digital warehouse receipt systems and sharing risk with lenders through credit guarantees and matching funds.

The report points out other new opportunities to target support presented by digital technology such as satellite tracking and big data. These can help locate new high value agri-economic zones and smarter financing and food security polices, especially in the face of climate change.

“Smart support is just as important as scale of support for Africa’s highly diverse group of famers and agribusinesses. To step up their game, businesses needs assistance tailored to distinct groups of viable small farms and agribusinesses at different development stages, rather than blanket support for all,” added AGRA President, Dr. Kalibata.

The report’s authors conclude that although progress is being made, Africa needs to pick up the pace if it is to compete globally and turn itself from importer to exporter by feeding its people with food made in Africa.

“Hopefully the prize of a rapidly growing and valuable market for food made in Africa will spark widespread political will and attract the best business talent to build a high value food sector,” said Peter Hazell.

“This private public partnership will be essential to provide the trinity of high productivity employment, sustainable economic growth and food made in Africa for Africa and the world.”

Ghana’s Vice President Confident Africa Is Ready For Economic Transformation

Story By Malise Otoo in Accra, Ghana

According to the African Transformation Report, ACETs flagship publication launched in October 2013, on the measures of economic transformation, it said, "Africa has been lagging behind East Asia, in large part because of state-led industrial policies in the first decades after independence and the market-led adjustment policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Since then, some African countries have been moving toward a middle course between the two policy extremes. Six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the 2000s were in Africa, and others were above or near the 7 percent threshold for economic takeoff, set to double their economies in ten years."

However, this has not mostly happened in Africa and therefore much of the growth needs to come from better macroeconomic policies and booming commodity markets.

Dr.Mahamadu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana delivering his keynote address during a G-20 Compact with Africa (CWA) meeting here in Accra outlined several points he believes can accelerate Africa's transformation and development.

According to him, leadership matters in the fastest way or form to complete the compact, saying "it is our responsibility to leave up to the expectation of the compact."

Nevertheless he bemoaned the spectre of anti-globalization efforts, continued falling global economic indicators, challenges in the European Union, increasing migration and demographic pressures, and the lack of political cohesion on climate change haven made the job of leading the G20 under the German Presidency a challenging one although he was full of praise for its Presidency describing it as "unprecedented".

Furthermore, the Vice President, Dr.Mahamadu Bawumia reminded parties at the G20 compact that without commitment, the compact is just what it is, a compact. He said, “African governments have made commitments. The World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank have made commitments and the G20 nations have made commitments. It is our responsibility and duty to live up to our commitments." 

He stipulated that Ghana has identified a strong reform program to build the most business friendly environment in Africa. He explained further that for Ghana the CWA has also been an opportunity to re-focus attention on areas where investment is badly needed.

These include renewable energy, agriculture and agro-processing, the financial sector, infrastructure such as transport, industrial sectors such as aluminum and petrochemical, and tourism.

He mentioned that the country is focused on prudent expenditure management to reduce expenditure, broadening the tax base, enhancing tax compliance to reverse the unfavorable debt dynamics under the macroeconomic framework pillar of the CWA.

Under the Business framework pillar, the country according to the Vice President is creating the Ghana Business e-Registry and developing model contracts in line with international best practice while under the financial framework pillar the country seeks to reduce dominance in the debt market and promoting corporate issuance.

He said, "aid landscape is dwindling and we must contemplate a future beyond aid. We must create the environment to mobilize domestic financing." Similarly, he further stated that, "we must promote an environment of transparency with a sense of urgency in economic transformation."

Seven African countries make up the Compact namely, Côté D'Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. 

Ghanaian Cultural Leader Criticizes Lack Of Transparency In Africa’s Extractives Industry

There are no transparent fiscal regimes in Africa governing oil, gas and mining in Africa, an unfortunate trend on the continent which has condemned indigenous people at the hands of foreign investors who come to take away the continent’s natural resources, a cultural leader told a meeting in Accra, Ghana.

This was said by the Paramount Chief of Western Nzema Traditional Area, Nana Awulae Annor Adjaye, during the opening session of this year’s Summer School on Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (Anglophone Africa Regional Extractives Industries Knowledge Hub), organized by Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) in Accra, Ghana.

The Summer School has attracted about 45 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cameroun and Botswana. Participants are mainly from civil society, media, academia and government bodies.  

While what the cultural leader raises is not a new issue, it points to a continent doing everything wrongly as it extracts and depletes its natural resources while indigenous people are subjected to utter poverty, one meal a day, dropping out of school and loss of land. This comes about because government and companies mismanage revenues generated and indigenous people don’t benefit directly or indirectly.

The Paramount Chief described as ‘nonsense’ rhetoric efforts to promote good governance and democracy because they were introduced by the same people (colonialists) who have returned to ‘steal your wealth’. He said it was ‘disheartening’ to see that Africa has resources but ‘you don’t know where the money from these resources go’.

He said that 80% of land in Ghana belongs to chiefs ‘but you wonder what is happening to the owners of the land’. “Our people have remained poor, some eat once a day and children are dropping out schools,” he stated, pointing fingers to governments, CSOs and other people facilitating the return of colonialists who plundered Africa in the past.

“People in the extractive industry are not from Africa, they have come back to steal your wealth,” he alleged, adding that Africa received political but not economic independence because people who partitioned Africa had an agenda. An agenda they are pursuing now by hunting down the continent’s oil, gas and minerals.

The Paramount Chief faults the failure to implement the right laws to track revenues, mitigate environment issues because countries have structures that work. Some of these governments lack the expertise to negotiate contracts with the moneyed oil companies.

“We have closed our eyes, we don’t talk, and when we talk we don’t walk the talk,” he said before encouraging participants at the Summer School to ensure their countries have sustainable livelihoods.”If you don’t do that you are wasting our time,” he sounded.

Emmanuel Kuyole, a consultant working with NRGI explained that to successfully manage natural resources there must be rules, institutions who obey rules and citizens who understand and obey rules. He advised that while deciding to extract natural resources, countries must prepare, build capacity and get the right information.

 Organizations like NRGI are building capacity among members of the civil society organizations, the media and academia who play an oversight role in keeping government and oil companies in check. While they have the capacity, they can help address the Paramount Chief fears and contribute to having health natural resources extraction.


South Africa Gas Potential To Be Discussed At Conference

A conference taking place in Durban from 9-11 October is set to explore South Africa’s aspirations to build an energy hub for gas cooperation with international partners along the value chain. The International Gas Cooperation Summit (IGCS) evolves from the ‘South Africa: Gas Options’ meetings held in Cape Town in 2015 & 2016.

This meeting will bring together principal government and public sector, gas developers, institutional investors and technology providers to explore how natural gas can play a greater role in South Africa’s energy mix and support the industrial and economic development goals of the country.

EnergyNet’s Anna Gorzkowska commented, “When we launched IGCS at the South Africa: Gas Options meeting last year in Cape Town, we knew that the landscape was changing and the discussion going forward would be broader to incorporate the DTI’s gas utilisation programme.

We’re therefore delighted to have got the timing of this meeting right - there is so much interest not only in the gas for power programme, but the massive infrastructure and energy projects happening as a result of those anchor discussions.

The conversation in October is also not squarely about South Africa, but its relationship with international partners and Southern Africa’s ability to develop gas based projects to electrify and empower the region.

Similarities must be drawn with the UAE 20 years ago and how they leveraged gas as the foundation of their now unimaginably rich economies. We’re looking forward to taking this discussion to the next level with our partners.”

The next opportunity

IGCS will showcase gas procurement and utilisation projects and strategies, bringing together decision makers who can lay the cornerstone of the region’s success and enable South Africa to become an energy hub to support industrial development across the region.

The agenda will focus on the global gas outlook for Southern Africa, case studies on modelling a gas economy, South Africa’s gas market in the context of the SADC region, how to accelerate gas infrastructure and the cost of diving into downstream.

A special conference for the Black Industrialists Programme with its major stakeholders will take place alongside the broader meeting, drawing on partners from the last two Gas Options meetings to continue to support the crucial objectives for both international and national investors. 

The program will be run by GE Garage engineers and instructors to enhance the students’ current capabilities whilst helping them develop new skill sets.

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