“The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change,” said Evan Schiff, Event Director, African Utility Week adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the fast development of renewables, energy storage that is becoming cheaper and more reliable, gas that is now a viable mode of power generation, and that in the next ten years, nuclear will become an increasingly important mode of base-load power generation as traditional power plants using coal are gradually phased out.”
The investment, trade and development opportunities in the sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity sector are estimated at US$835bn of capital investment, US$490bn for generation capacity and US$345bn for infrastructure.
The 17th annual African Utility Week is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals and takes place from 16 to 18 May 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town.
The event will gather over 7,000 decisionmakers to source the latest solutions and meet over 300 suppliers. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a seven track conference with over 250 expert speakers.
The conference programme will once again address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, technology and water. These include three exclusive plenary keynote sessions featuring the most sought-after international speakers.
“We are known for every year gathering an industry elite group of real world doers to share their expertise from grid to socket on best practices for effective power and water supply. Once again, we will not disappoint.”
The expo offers an extensive technical programme sessions that are free to attend, hands-on presentations that take place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. They discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations.
African Utility Week and Energy Revolution Africa are organised by Spintelligent and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other flagship events in Spintelligent’s power portfolio are East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Power & Mining Investment Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.