Gas-to-Power Africa Congress

 

 

14 – 15 May 2019
CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Most influential gathering of senior government officials and executives shaping the future of natural gas on the continent.

Optimism reigns at Gas-to-Power Africa Congress

The Energy Council’s 3rd Gas-to-Power Africa Congress once again saw over 200 senior executives from along the gas and power value chains, including Governments, Regulators, Upstream E&Ps, Transport, Off takers, Developers, Utilities, EPC Companies, Financiers and Investors come together to discuss the future of Natural Gas and LNG on the continent.

Officially opened by His Excellency Acting President of South Africa, Honourable Energy Minister Jeff Radebe who set the positive tone for the two days of discussion, the Congress saw 37 senior executive leaders provide their thought leadership in 8 panels discussing regional collaboration, harnessing African gas, developing bankable commercial frameworks, maintaining momentum on the SA LNG to power IPP procurement programme, Nigeria’s roadmap for power sector reform, Ghana’s power ambition and an update on gas initiatives in the Western Cape as well as learnings from the world-first Delimara 4 LNG-to-power project.

With 4 powerful key notes and over 4 hours of networking, senior executives at the Congress left confident about the future of Gas-to-Power on the continent.

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2018 Event Brochure

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Success Stories

“The congress captured the positive sentiment that has dawned since the election of President Ramaphosa and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. As with last year, the congress provided a conducive setting to have quite impactful conversations with relevant gas to power market participants.”

Jason van der Poel

Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

“Great event. Really valuable forum to engage with the full value chain of energy investment in Africa, including key stakeholders like governments, SOEs and regulators. The careful attention to relevant content and good panels also much appreciated making the content very worthwhile beyond the networking opportunities.”

John Smelcer

Director, Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Webber Wentzel

“Must-attend event if you want to meet energy industry peers and stakeholders.”

Peter Purkl

Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

“It is always great to attend the Energy Council’s events in Africa, as provides the perfect setting to learn about the latest developments in the industry and meet the key players in the region.”

Frederik Smits van Oyen

VP Marketing & Origination, Cheniere

2018 Agenda

15 May 2018: The Outlook for Natural Gas and LNG in Africa in 2018


09:00 Welcome Address: 
Iain Pitt, CEO, Energy Council

09:10 Introduction of Honourable Minister Radebe: Pippa Brown, Director, Africa, Energy Council

09:15 Ministerial Welcome Key Note: Developing the Gas Supply Industry in South Africa

Confirmed Speaker:

  • Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa

09:30 Powering African Partnerships: Opportunities for regional collaboration

What opportunities exist for regional collaboration in the gas-to-power value chain?
Concentration of gas resources in a few countries and absence of gas transportation infrastructure – turning challenges in to opportunities
How can financing of the “missing middle” (shore to power plant) be economically attractive?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Eric Mwangi, Economic Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy in Kenya
  • Omar Vajeth, Head – SAPP Project Advisory Unit, Southern African Power Pool
  • Thabane Zulu, Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa
  • Peter Varndell, Africa Infrastructure Manager, NEPAD BF (Moderator)


10:30
 Networking Morning Coffee Break


11:15
 Ambassador Address: The role of Gas in Korea’s economic growth and international cooperation potential

Confirmed Speaker:

  • Ambassador Jong-dae Park, South Korean Ambassador to South Africa

11:25 Harnessing African Gas: Ensuring the competitiveness of domestic resources in a global market

Gas marketing strategies – economic trade-offs of allocating gas supply between LNG exports and domestic power markets
Can LNG import be a bridge to unlocking domestic resources for countries with major discoveries?
What are the opportunities to integrate the necessary LNG import and gas transmission infrastructure to unlock gas supply for use in multiple downstream applications?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Fredrik Smits Van Oyen, Vice President Origination & Marketing EMEA, Cheniere Energy
  • Haran Sivam, Principal Investment Officer, Oil & Gas Group, IFC
  • Menno Bax, Business Development Manager, Southern Africa, Shell
  • Mohamed Rali Badissy, Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Moderator)


12:30
 Networking Lunch

 

13:45 Financing Appetite for Gas-to-Power Projects in Africa: Developing bankable commercial frameworks

How does the risk/return profile for GTP investing differ from pure upstream investing? What opportunities are LPs and Private Equity looking for?
Role of domestic banks vs. international commercial banks
How to develop bankable commercial framework (price reforms, improved regulatory arrangements, redefinition of role of public companies in gas sector)
Mix of instruments such as project bonds, project financing, and mezzanine debt.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Lisa Pinsley, Director, Actis
  • Peter Ballinger, Director US-African Clean Energy Development & Finance Centre, OPIC
  • Stephen Jurgenson, Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Vuyo Ntoi, Investment Director: Head of Southern & Central Africa, AIIM
  • Khwezi Tiya, Sector Head, Oil & Gas (SA), Standard Bank (Moderator)


15:00
 Networking Afternoon Coffee Break

 

15:45 Keynote Presentation: LNG to Power – AECOM’s insights into option selection and the importance of multi-sector collaboration

Confirmed Speaker:

  • Mike Theobald, Director: LNG to Power and EPC Delivery, AECOM

15:55 A World First: Learnings from the Delimara 4 LNG-to-power project

Why the option to source LNG on a non-recourse basis was chosen
Technologies utilised in the building of the 210 MW CCPP
Insight from the international banking consortium financing the project

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mike Theobald, Director: LNG to Power and EPC Delivery, AECOM
  • Peter Purkl, Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
  • James D Simpson Jr, Partner, Winston and Strawn  (Moderator)


16:55
 End of day one

16 May 2018: Strategies & Successes – South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana


08:45 Welcome Address: Gas to Power to Consumers:
The Need for Smarter and Integrated Energy Infrastructure in Africa

  • Lawrence Jones, VP International Programs, Edison Electric Institute

09:00 Maintaining momentum on the SA LNG to Power IPP Procurement Programme: 2018 & beyond

What is required to unlock the South African Gas-to-Power Programme?
What does future demand mix for gas in South Africa look like? Gas-to-power, GTL, chemicals, CNG, LPG, Automation etc?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jacob Modise, Chairperson, NERSA
  • Karen Breytenbach, Head of the IPP Office, Department of Energy South Africa
  • Mohsin Seedat, Interim CEO, iGas
  • Nelisiwe Magubane, Chairman, Matleng Energy Solutions
  • Jason van der Poel, Partner, Allen & Overy (Moderator)


10:00 
Networking Morning Coffee Break

 

10:45 Nigeria’s Roadmap for Power Sector Reform: Leading the way in the West

How can the goal of 20 GW of generation capacity by 2020 (mostly gas-fired) be achieved? Discussion on the bottle neck in the value chain and how can it be unlocked.
How can current available captive power be connected to the grid and what investment is required to make this happen?
Closed cycle vs Open cycle – discussion on the best option for Nigeria
What policy changes are underway in Nigeria and what are the implications for power sector
reform?
Is a market reflective tariff required to attract further investment in to Nigeria?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ato Gyasi, Senior Director, Investments, Africa Finance Corporation
  • Erabor Okogun, Founder, Nemoante
  • Olabode Sowunmi, Representative, Senate Committee on Gas, Nigeria
  • Ezekiel Adesina, Executive Secretary, Africa Energy Study Group (Moderator)

11:30 Ghana’s Power ambitions: Securing adequate gas feed and power generating capacity

Overcoming the challenge of lack of generating capacity and weak transmission system
Domestic gas (Jubilee and Sankofa Fields) vs imported gas (LNG or piped) – discussion on the best option for Ghana
Insights from the Cenpower Kpone 340MW IPP

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ashwin West, Investment Director, AIIM
  • Ing. Andrew Barfour, Project Coordinator – GEDAP, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
  • Eunice Biritwum, Energy Consultant – Power Systems, Independent
  • Jonathan Amoako-Baah, CEO, Ghana GridCo
  • Samuel Kwesi Ewuah Oguah, Energy Specialist (Moderator)

12:15 Update on Gas Initiatives in the Western Cape:  Developing the West Coast corridor

How does the Western Cape’s programme fit together with the national gas procurement
programme?
Scope of the Western Cape’s LNG importation ambitions: electricity generation, industrial, transportation, domestic and commercial uses
Presentation of results from Alternative Transport Fuels and Energy-Water Nexus studies

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ajay Trikam, Director, Energy, Western Cape Government
  • Jacob Flewelling, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Manager, USTDA
  • Reinet van Zyl, Business Improvement, Strategic Projects and Energy Manager, ArcelorMittal South Africa
  • John Smelcer, Director, Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Webber Wentzel (Moderator)

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:30 End of day two

19:00 *** Industry Awards Gala Dinner (night) ***

2018 Key Speakers

Eric Mwangi

Eric Mwangi

Economic Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy in Kenya

Ing. Andrew Barfour

Ing. Andrew Barfour

Project Coordinator – GEDAP, Ministry of Energy, Ghana

Jacob Modise

Jacob Modise

Chairperson, NERSA

Jeff Radebe

Jeff Radebe

Honourable Minister of Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa

Karén Breytenbach

Karén Breytenbach

Head of IPP Office, Department of Energy, South Africa

Olabode Sowunmi

Olabode Sowunmi

Representative, Senate Committee on Gas, Nigeria

Thabane Zulu

Thabane Zulu

Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa

Vuyo Ntoi

Vuyo Ntoi

Regional Director, Southern & Central Africa, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

2018 Speakers

Ajay Trikam

Ajay Trikam

Director, Energy, Western Cape Government

Ambassador H.E. Dr. JD Park

Ambassador H.E. Dr. JD Park

South Korean Ambassador to South Africa

Ashwin West

Ashwin West

Investment Director, AIIM

Ato Gyasi

Ato Gyasi

Senior Director, Investments, Africa Finance Corporation

Erabor Okogun

Erabor Okogun

Founder, Nemoante

Eunice Biritwum

Eunice Biritwum

Energy Consultant - Power Systems, Independent

Ezekiel Adesina

Ezekiel Adesina

Executive Secretary, Africa Energy Study Group

Frederik Smits Van Oyen

Frederik Smits Van Oyen

Vice President Origination & Marketing EMEA, Cheniere Energy

Haran Sivam

Haran Sivam

Principal Investment Officer, Oil & Gas Group, IFC

Jacob Flewelling

Jacob Flewelling

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Manager, USTDA

James D. Simpson, Jr.

James D. Simpson, Jr.

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Jason van der Poel

Jason van der Poel

Partner, Allen & Overy

John Smelcer

John Smelcer

Director, Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Webber Wentzel

Jonathan Amoako-Baah

Jonathan Amoako-Baah

CEO, Ghana GridCo

Khwezi Tiya

Khwezi Tiya

Head: Oil & Gas (South Africa), Client Coverage, Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking

Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones

Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute

Lisa Pinsley

Lisa Pinsley

Director Energy, Actis

Menno Bax

Menno Bax

Business Development Manager, Southern Africa, Shell

Mike Theobald

Mike Theobald

Director: LNG to Power and EPC Delivery, AECOM

Mohamed Rali Badissy

Mohamed Rali Badissy

Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance, US Department of Commerce

Mohsin Seedat

Mohsin Seedat

Interim CEO, iGas

Nelisiwe Magubane

Nelisiwe Magubane

Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions

Omar Vajeth

Omar Vajeth

Senior Transaction Advisor and Head: Project Advisory Unit (SAPP-PAU), Southern African Power Pool - SAPP

Peter Ballinger

Peter Ballinger

Managing Director, Africa, OPIC

Peter Purkl

Peter Purkl

Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Peter Varndell

Peter Varndell

Africa Infrastructure Manager, NEPAD BF

Reinet van Zyl

Reinet van Zyl

Business Improvement, Strategic Projects and Energy Manager, ArcelorMittal South Africa

Samuel Kwesi Ewuah Oguah

Samuel Kwesi Ewuah Oguah

Energy Specialist

Stephen Jurgenson

Stephen Jurgenson

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

2018 Lead Sponsor

2018 Premium Sponsor

2018 Host Government & Host Utility

2018 Media Partners

Meet the Speaker

Mike Theobald

Director: LNG to Power and EPC Delivery
AECOM

Meet the Speaker

Mohamed Rali Badissy

Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance
US Department of Commerce

Executive Interview

Paul Eardley-Taylor 

Oil & Gas Coverage South Africa & Southern Africa
Standard Bank

A Glance at 2017

Contact Us

Pippa Brown

Pippa Brown

Director, Africa

Speaking Enquiries
T: +27 21 001 3883
[email protected]

Lyle Simpson

Lyle Simpson

VP Corporate Development, EMEA

Sponsorship Enquiries
T: +27 82 333 4832
[email protected]

Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson

VP Corporate Development, EMEA

Sponsorship Enquiries
T: +44 75 2226 2795
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Gina Sole

Gina Sole

Business Development Manager, EMEA

Delegate Enquiries
T: +27 21 001 3880
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