Nedbank / EE Publishers seminar: Flexible power generation: A new paradigm in SA

October 2nd, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on:

Flexible power generation: A new paradigm in SA and an alternative to “baseloadism”

This is the 4th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers

DATE: Tuesday 22 October 2019
TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below)
VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
PARKING: Ample parking is available
COST: R150 pp (inc VAT) payable at the door (cash or credit card)

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In the new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head.

With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last five years to levels now less than a third of that of of energy from new coal and nuclear baseload plant, a new approach to power generation beyond “baseloadism” is emerging.

In this new world, it now makes economic and technical sense for electricity utilities such as Eskom to source as much new energy from wind and solar PV as possible – limited only by the ability of the renewable energy sector to deliver the planned new capacity requirements, and the ability of the electricity grid to handle this new variable capacity.

International experience now shows that in the years to 2030 and beyond, there is no economic, technical or other reason why the significant majority of South Africa’s new generation capacity requirements should not be wind and solar PV, backed up by flexible generation capacity.

This seminar explores the role, value, business case and enablers for flexible power generation, including gas-to-power, battery energy storage, pumped water storage, thermal energy storage and other energy storage systems to complement intermittent wind and solar renewable energy sources and to provide much needed auxiliary grid services.

Chairperson of the seminar:

Mr Thabang Chiloane

Presenters at the seminar:

Chris Forlee
Stephan Vermaak
Stefan Nygard
Clyde Mallinson

Mr. Thabang Chiloane

Thabang Chiloane is currently the divisional executive for the Nedbank Group Strategic Relations & Public Affairs division. He is a well-experienced communication professional whose work in government has provided him with innumerable contacts and invaluable understanding and insights into the working of government.

Between 2006 and 2008, Thabang was in charge of communications for the deputy president of South Africa. Earlier in his career, he headed up communications for the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing and the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport. He also spent two years as director, news service at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

A graduate of the Argus School of Journalism, Thabang also has a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Charles Sturt University in Australia, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg. Thabang’s journalism experience includes stints with Pretoria News and the SABC, where he won the African Journalist of the Year award in 1999. His current work in the private sector at Nedbank completes the proverbial circle.

Chris Forlee

With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from the University of Cape Town, Chris Forlee’s career started at Eskom where he held various positions from graduate engineer to chief engineer from 1991 to 2003.

He is now the CEO of NERSA and has a strong technical and managerial background, across electricity, oil and gas in the utility, regulatory, government and private sectors. He has worked at British Petroleum SA as regulatory affairs/government and public affairs manager and has also served as chief director for energy in the DPE, and deputy director general for energy and broadband.

Chris Forlee has a proven track record in the energy industry across state-owned, government and business entities. Along with his engineering qualification, Forlee holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria).

Stephan Vermaak

Stephan Vermaak is a principal investment officer with International Finance Corporation (IFC), Johannesburg, working on projects in infrastructure. Stephan has been with IFC for over 12 years.

Before joining IFC’s mining team in July 2005, Stephan worked at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) where he was the head of project and structured finance for four years, and for the last three years the head of the resource and beneficiation department.

He has led multiple projects with clients ranging from major diversified mining companies to juniors, structuring equity and long-term project debt financing facilities, with the objective of strengthening the sustainability of these projects in emerging markets in Africa and Asia.

Stephan obtained a B. Com degree from the University of Port Elizabeth and an LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1993.

Stefan Nygard

Stefan Nygård is a though-leader and a recognised speaker in the area of flexible generation. Currently located in Helsinki, Finland, Stefan is the director of project development for Wärtsilä and oversees the company’s energy project development activities in Africa and Europe with the aim of developing IPP business models to enable 100% renewable future.

He has experience in solar PV, LNG-to-power, energy storage and hybrid projects, and has worked with regulators, utilities, and financial institutions on flexible generation policy, tariff frameworks, bankability, and sustainability.

Stefan joined Wärtsilä after completing his Master of Science in Economics at the Hanken School of Economics in 2002. He originally held the position of financial analyst advising on energy projects, and became the senior management of project development in 2006 where he worked with DFIs, commercial banks and equity funds, raising over US$2-billion for project finance. He oversaw six projects totaling more than 1,5 GW of flexible generation financed and constructed in Middle East and South Asia.

Clyde Mallinson

Clyde Mallinson is a geologist, a registered natural scientist, with more than 40 years of experience in the resources sector. He has been a lecturer at Rhodes University, head of department of GIS and remote sensing at Fort Hare University, a consultant specialising in resource assessment and techno-economic evaluation of resource projects, an exploration fund and energy fund founder member, manager and investment analyst, and a renewable energy developer and consultant.

Clyde is well-versed in the electricity sector, particularly renewable energy technologies and all form of energy storage systems. He recently conducted a course on energy economics of electricity generation for the Electricity Control Board of Namibia.

In addition to the engineering and technical aspects of renewable energy, Clyde uses his knowledge of fund management, fund-raising, and financial and economic modelling, to structure innovative long-term lease-financing structures as alternatives to traditional project financing in the RE IPP sector.

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09h00 – 10h00: Registration, breakfast
10h00 – 10h10: Welcome & introduction
10h10 – 11h30: Sector leaders present
11h30 – 11h45: Comfort break
11h45 – 13h00: Audience interaction
13h00 – 13h20: Summing up
13h20 – 13h30: Conclusion and thanks
13h30 – 14h30: Lunch and networking

Sponsorship opportunities

For R6000 + VAT per seminar, your company may have:

  • Five complimentary free tickets
  • One trestle table for hand-outs
  • Two pull-up banners at your table
  • Two slides in the rolling slideshow
  • Your logo on the event web-page
  • Public thanks & acknowledgement

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