The Africa Oil & Power 2019 Conference and Exhibition will take place October 9 to 11, 2019, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The AOP 2019 conference is hosted in partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South African Oil & Gas Alliance and will feature speakers from state-owned enterprises CEF Group, SANEDI, PetroSA, NERSA, iGas and PASA.

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South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe.

Hon. Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa will join energy industry leaders from Senegal, Angola, Lesotho and South Sudan at the gathering.

Looking ahead to the fourth annual AOP event, Africa Oil & Power CEO Guillaume Doane said: “South Africa’s energy profile is rising, thanks in part to policy reforms, industry privatisation and a landmark offshore gas discovery earlier this year. The energy economy is steering away from coal towards gas and renewables, a trend which we are excited to feature at this year’s conference.”

Through the theme #MakeEnergyWork AOP 2019 will create opportunities for investment and encourage intra-Africa cooperation across the oil, gas and power sectors.

The three-day programme will cover key topics including the future of gas in Africa’s energy mix, exploration and production, the role of renewable energy in closing the power gap and project financing.

With a special focus on the developments in South Africa’s energy sector, AOP 2019 will cast a spotlight on the country’s exploration and production prospects, the evolution of the power sector – specifically in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Northern Cape – and unpack the country’s energy strategies expressed in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The draft IRP proposes to implement a mix of 46% coal-generated power, 16% gas, 15% wind, 10% solar PV, 6% hydro, 4% pumped storage, 2.5% nuclear and 1% concentrated solar power and plans to supply an estimated 20 000 MW of the additional 29 000 MW of electricity the country will need by 2030.

Although the IRP remains to be finalised, the country is already seeing public and private sector actors move towards some of the goals it sets out. 

Last month, Transnet announced its cost-sharing agreement with the International Finance Corporation to conclude a feasibility study for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification terminal at the port of Richards Bay in Kwa-Zulu Natal and South Africa’s Strategic Fuel Fund announced its tender for a refinery project in South Sudan.

Regarding the shift towards clean power, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme will continue to be instrumental in the country diversifying its energy mix, having already brought online 102 IPP projects from the four bid windows and over $17.5 billion in investments.

A prime example of an initiative making energy work, the REIPPP programme has created over 38000 jobs and contributed significantly to the national grid through projects such as the concentrated solar 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in the Northern Cape, the 135.8 MW Cookhouse Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, and the 135.5 MW Gounda Wind Farm in the Western Cape.

Minister Mantashe has said that the IRP will be finalised soon, explaining that “It is a summary of what we must do and gives us a framework to our approach to energy. We can’t lobby for any technology over the other. Our preoccupation is energy supply and security.”

The AOP 2019 conference line-up includes H.E Macky Sall, President of Senegal; H.E Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of Mining and Petroleum of Angola; H.E Mahaman Laouan Gaya, Secretary General of APPO; H.E Mouhamadou Maktar Cisse, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal; Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan and Hon. Tsukutlane Au, Minister of Energy and Meteorology of Lesotho.

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