What is the Gas to Power Africa Congress?
The Energy Council’s Gas-to-Power Africa Congress is the most influential gathering of senior executives shaping the future of natural gas and LNG on the continent. In its 4th year, the Congress is a meeting place for key stakeholders from along the gas and power value chains, enabling forward-thinking and strategic discussions around gas-fired power generation opportunities across Africa.
With natural gas playing an increasingly important role in the global energy mix, the high potential of new gas discoveries on and offshore the African continent, recent innovative advances in technology and the renewed appetite of investors, conditions are right for the growth of gas-to-power activity. Bringing together representatives from local governments and regulators, upstream E&P companies, off-takers, developers, utilities, EPC companies, investors and financiers, the Congress provides an exclusive platform to highlight on-going and upcoming projects, share strategies and ideas to tackle the challenges ahead, and asses Africa’s exciting role in the global gas market.
“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.”
“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
“Must-attend event if you want to meet energy industry peers and stakeholders.”Peter Purkl
“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
2018 Event Brochure
2018 Speaker Presentations
2018 Companies in Attendance
Meet the Speaker
Director: LNG to Power and EPC Delivery
Meet the Speaker
Mohamed Rali Badissy
Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance
US Department of Commerce
Oil & Gas Coverage Southern Africa
2018 Lead Sponsor
2018 Premium Sponsor
2018 Associate Sponsors
Head: Oil & Gas (South Africa), Client Coverage, Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking
Senior Transaction Advisor and Head: Project Advisory Unit (SAPP-PAU), Southern African Power Pool - SAPP
Reinet van Zyl
Business Improvement, Strategic Projects and Energy Manager, ArcelorMittal South Africa
Day 1: 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Day 2: 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?
- 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
- Is a market reflective tariff required to attract further investment in to Nigeria?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Africa Utility Week Industry Awards Gala Dinner
Venue and Accommodation
The venue in Paris, France for the 2019 Africa Assembly & Gas-to-Power Africa Congress will be announced shortly.