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The Energy of Business and the Business of Energy

September 23, 2014 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

South Africa needs energy to power our economic recovery and growth. With Eskom’s maintenance backlog of existing plants and with new-builds such as Medupi being significantly over budget and behind schedule, key energy-reliant sectors, including niche manufacturing, are being constrained. Clear, consistent energy policy is needed with regards to what the optimal energy mix should be in the National Energy Master Plan – coal, gas, nuclear, renewable energy?

With major gas finds in Africa and in Mozambique in particular, Gas is a viable alternative for base load energy generation to provide the energy security for not only the Western Cape but the broader economy. In a landmark project in 2013, Sasol launched Africa’s largest power plant running exclusively on gas-fired combustion engines which was built by Wartsila in 18 months, at almost 20% under budget, and providing a 40% reduction in carbon omissions.

Join us as we discuss South Africa’s energy needs, policies and framework with Prof Anton Eberhardt, National Planning Commissioner for Energy. We also hear from Wayne Glossop, of Wartsila on what is possible for energy security in the Western Cape.

About the Speakers

Prof Anton Eberhard

Anton is a UCT GSB focusing on the restructuring and regulation of the electricity sector, investment challenges, and linkages to sustainable development.   He is the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre, a Council Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and serves on the South Africa’s National Planning Commission, and National Electricity Regulator of South Africa. In 2012, he received the SA National Energy Association’s award for an outstanding and sustained contribution to the enhancement of the South African energy environment.

Wayne Glossop, Wartsila

Wayne has a Masters in Power Electrical Engineering from Wits, and has been working in the Southern African Power Industry for just under 10 years predominantly. He have been involved in a variety of power sectors including Eskom coal stations (ex-Eskom); Cogeneration; Coal IPP’s; Renewables and Gas/LNG Power and is currently the Business Development Manager for Wӓrtsilӓ’s Southern Africa Power Division.


September 23, 2014
7:30 am - 10:00 am
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