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PowerGEN Focus: Providing innovative solutions for Africa power generation

Black & Veatch to discuss emerging opportunities in Natural Gas Power, Renewable Energy

Greater access to more abundant, reliable power is critical to unlocking Africa’s potential, according to global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Black & Veatch. Opportunities to harness the continent's vast renewable energy and natural gas resources, as well as new technologies adding flexibility and resilience to power networks will be key items discussed by the company’s experts at the 2016 PowerGEN Africa conference. PowerGEN Africa begins 19 July in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Three featured papers will highlight Black & Veatch’s views on developments in gas-to-power, distributed generation, and conventional power, including how each can play a role in addressing Africa’s energy needs. A paper co-authored with Eskom discussing lessons learned from the development of the Kusile power station will also be presented at PowerGEN Africa.

“Approaches to power generation must continue to evolve as the need for reliable, cleaner and affordable sources of energy remains urgent across the region.”

Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch. 

“As a company we are furthering conventional power projects and incorporating alternative energy sources that provide cost, schedule, and environmental benefits – and we are keen to again share our knowledge and best practices in this forum," Meko adds. “As Session Chair, Webb will facilitate the Wind Power discussion held on 20 July." 

Jason Abiecunas, Black & Veatch Distributed Generation Service Area Lead, will be presenting an enhanced view of his award-winning paper, ‘The Critical Role of Distributed Generation for Reliable, Affordable Power Systems’. 

He shares that microgrids, or ‘small distributed energy’, are advantageous for the African continent and other regions worldwide. 

“We foresee continued growth throughout Africa with distributed energy solutions serving as a complement to traditional power plant development and expansion,” Abiecunas says. 

He adds that industry and people throughout the region will greatly benefit from their application. “These systems will bring needed power to remote locations, support critical facilities and help Africa achieve its overall emission targets.” 

Other company experts will also participate - Black & Veatch Vice President of Liquefied Natural Gas Technologies Shawn Hoffart will present a paper that he and Associate Vice President of Technology Alap Shah co-authored - ‘Maximising the Synergies of LNG Import and Natural Gas Based Power Facilities to Meet Demand’.  

Also on hand will be Black & Veatch’s Associate Vice President and Power Generation Services Project Manager, Phil Webster who will cover the topic ‘Integrating Conventional Generation Into Power Markets of the 21st Century’. He will emphasize the importance of integrating conventional and renewable energy to help address Africa’s power demand.

“Our team works closely with clients in Africa and around the world to plan and implement the most advanced technology and construction solutions  to address global power, oil & gas, water, and telecom needs."

Editor’s Note:

  • Black & Veatch has been planning and implementing world-class infrastructure projects in Africa for more than 50 years.
  • In August 2015, Black & Veatch announced the creation of its South African entity, Black & Veatch South Africa. Headquartered in Johannesburg, the local subsidiary reflects Black & Veatch’s continued commitment to providing reliable infrastructure solutions to improve lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Black & Veatch is currently supporting a 4,800 MW supercritical coal-fired power project in South Africa. It is one of the largest energy infrastructure projects under construction in the world, supported by a comprehensive skills and knowledge transfer program. Once completed, the project will provide reliable electricity for South Africa well into the future. 
  • Black & Veatch completed Ghana’s first IPP simple cycle EPC project supported by US investment. The Takoradi Power Facility provides electricity to address the country’s residential and industrial power needs, offsetting electricity shortages due to periodic drought conditions.   
  • Black & Veatch supported the development and design of the Sere Wind Energy Project in Western Cape South Africa.

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