DNV GL exclusive diamond sponsor at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May

Published: Wed 29 Apr 2015
A blog entry by Annemarie Roodbol

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Company to showcase findings on improving renewables and grid connectivity

DNV GL, a leading global testing, certification and advisory services company, is the exclusive diamond sponsor at the upcoming African Utility Week, 12-14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is expected to again attract more than 5,000 power professionals and feature 250 exhibitors, 190 speakers, eight conferences, free technical workshops on the expo floor, three high-profile plenary sessions and the coveted industry awards gala dinner. Attendees will include utility heads, the continent’s leading renewable energy project managers, investors and technology providers.

Check out a video interview with Sliman Abu Amara: https://youtu.be/HYJGHOQRHzw

During African Utility Week, DNV GL will release findings from a large survey for Africa on three dynamics reshaping renewable and grid connection. “We know that renewables and the grid is a complex issue worldwide,” says DNV GL Energy’s Africa Area Manager Sliman Abu Amara. “It is the same in countries such as Germany and the US, but we are also aware of this from our work in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco. This is why at African Utility Week, we will announce the results of our survey to develop tailored solutions for African grid challenges, to enable African utilities to connect and integrate more renewables into the grid.”

DNV GL is working on the largest wind and solar energy projects in Africa, including in South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Morocco. In South Africa alone, DNV GL has been involved in nine wind projects (including Dorper and Gouda Wind Farms), and one solar project. In Kenya, DNV GL is the engineering partner in the 300MW Lake Turkana project, which will be the single largest wind park in sub-Saharan Africa.

A 21st century energy network
At the African Utility Week DNV GL wants to demonstrate its commitment to the development of the power sector in Africa. “We have noticed a lot of things happening in the African market, in South Africa, in sub-Saharan Africa and in Northern Africa,” says DNV GL’s Abu Amara. “The African market is ready for the penetration of larger scale renewable energy on the continent. For African utilities to continue attracting investments in solar, they have to solve issues related to grid integration. In 2020, we will see very strong deployment of solar technologies in Africa, like never before.”

According to Abu Amara, he sees Africa’s lack of an extensive national grid network “not as a challenge but as an opportunity: to develop and install a 21st century energy network. One that is fit for the purpose of carrying energy from multiple sources, enabling trading between nations, with storage and smart systems built and designed in from the very start.”

He continues: “the technology has been developed in Europe where the challenge of retro fitting is much more difficult than starting with a clean slate. So in many ways, Africa is poised to show the world that a clean, intelligent, sustainable and sophisticated energy system can exist in this century. Overall, the provision of access to affordable clean energy, particularly in rural areas, will support rapid economic development and a reduction in environmental decline as people switch to clean energy sources.”

African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa are organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa dates and location: 
Exhibition & Conference: 12-14 May 2015
Industry awards: 13 May 2015
Site Visits: 15 May 2015
Location:  CTICC, Cape Town
Website:  www.african-utility-week.com 

Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
Mobile: +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@spintelligent.com

Notes for Editor
Spintelligent (Pty) Ltd is an African media business, specialising in Exhibitions, Conferences and Publishing. Head-quartered in Cape Town with a team of 90 experienced professionals, Spintelligent is a dynamic and recognised organiser across multiple industry sectors and geographies. A specialist organiser with the ability to deliver key growth projects in the early emerging markets of the African continent. Spintelligent is the African partner office of Clarion Events Ltd, the UK based organiser operating in 36 countries worldwide with 9 subsidiary offices delivering over 500 exhibitions and conferences annually.

Spintelligent delivers projects in African growth industry sectors; Power & Utilities; Energy; Mining; Education & Careers; Agriculture; Infrastructure; Military & Defence.

Spintelligent delivers projects in the emerging African markets; South Africa; Nigeria; Ghana; Kenya; Tanzania; DRC; Angola; Mozambique; Zambia.

Spintelligent is recognised for its print and electronic publications, with market-leading brands including Metering International, ESI Africa and Mining Review Africa.
Its regular global events and exhibitions, as well as its critical business intelligence and integrated marketing services make it a leader in its field. The company’s highly skilled resources in management, marketing, research and production allow for unique products bridging the developed and developing markets.