Two day workshop: Independent power generation in Southern Africa

July 9th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


A two day workshop will be hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation on 29 and 30 July 2015 at the GlenHove Conferencing, 52 Glenhove Road, Melrose, in Johannesburg.

This two-day workshop event aims to provide a forum for the sharing and delivery of vital information for both currently operating boilers, kilns and furnaces and also for future Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who are rapidly increasing in interest and number, both in South Africa and in neighbouring countries. Considerable challenges face both sectors.

Day 1 – Workshop for the future of independent power production (IPPS): The use of CFBC or PC for power generation using Southern Africa coals.

With the opening up of the power generating economy to independent power producers, a number of new developments are underway in the 100 MW or more size range. Of concern to some operators is the need to establish which technologies will be the most effective for coals in this Southern African region. The first part of this two-day event, Day 1, is dedicated to a workshop in which experiences in the qualities and use of the coals of the region will take place, along with technical discussions on comparisons between the key coal-fired technologies under review – fluidised bed (FBC) and pulverised coal (PC). A detailed question and answer panel session will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss a range of topics pertinent to their projects and coals with local and international experts in the field.

Outline of Day 1 programme

· Overview of coal resources in the region – South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe
· Unique qualities and combustion characteristics of Southern African coals
· Cradle-to-grave concepts in designing IPPs with relevant environmental aspects
· Experiences in FBC and PC combustion and gasification for process steam and power generation
· Panel Discussion: How to approach the use of Southern African coals for use in future independent power production:

Day 2 – workshop on currently operating industrial boilers, kilns and furnaces in a carbon-constrained environment:

South Africa faces impending emissions reduction legislation (including the carbon tax and carbon footprint inventory) and reducing qualities of coal on the inland market for use in currently operating industrial boilers, kilns and furnaces.Against this background, it is vital that all coal-fired plant now in operation consider cleaner coal technologies (CCT) or face severe carbon penalties as soon as 2016. Day 2 of this two-day event will therefore present a range of CCT issues to consider including increasing efficiency, stricter environmental controls, co-firing, co-generation and hybridisation.

Outline of Day 2 programme
· An overview of coal qualities on the inland market
· An overview of impending air quality legislation
· Methods to increase efficiency in plant operations,
· Retrofitted technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and SOx and NOx) for industrial scale boilers, kilns and furnaces
· Alternative sources of fuel including biomass, municipal waste and other “opportunity fuels”.
· Experiences in co-firing, co-generation and hybridisation

Who should attend
· Producers,marketers, traders of coal, gas and biomass
· Power, process and heat generation managers, engineers and technologists
· Metallurgical ore processing, reduction and smelting managers, engineers and technologists
· Boiler, kiln, furnace and gasifier manufacturers and operators
· Suppliers of ancillary equipment including on-line analyses, mills, crushers, ash handling and emissions monitors
· Traders and marketers of coal and biomass; local, regional and export
· Environmental scientists and engineers
· Government legislators and policy makers
· Technologists, consultants, researchers and academics

Technical committee
· Brian North – CSIR (Chairman)
· Mike Andrews – OEN Enterprises
· Peter McIntyre – John Thompson
· David Brook – Babcock Engineering
· Lourens Erasmus – Consultant
· Jeremy Kirsch – Clyde Bergemann
· Thomas Roos – CSIR
· Richard Wermuth – Carbon Energy

Call for participation

The format of the Workshops will be structured deliveries of presentation with ample time for discussion and a panel session for questions, answers and debate.
All interested parties are encouraged to register and participate in this event. For those wishing to present information, an experience, or a point of view, please submit a title with a one page outline of their topic in MS Word format to the Conference Secretariat by 12 July 2015.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 July 2015 to the principal author (if several authors are included). The submissionsand all Power Point presentations will be included in the Workshop CD (subject to permission having been granted by the relevant authors).

Key dates
· Abstract submissions by 12 July 2015
· Acceptance of presentations 15 July 2015
· Final programme 17 July 2015

All presentations must be in MS PowerPoint format. Subject to authors’ permission, these presentations will be converted to PDF format after presentation and will be made available on CD to conference delegates at the close of the conference.

The language of the conference is English.

Sponsorship and Advertising

Several exciting sponsorship opportunities are available to industry members. Sponsorship packages are available as well as sponsorship on specific items. All sponsors will be offered branding promotion whether this is inclusion of your logo on the sponsored item or as banner displays in the venue. Contact the Conference Secretariat for further details.

Conference fees 
Registration fees include VAT:

To attend one day (Workshop 1 or Workshop 2)
Members of FFF, GSSA and SAIMM …………… R3135 per day
Non-members …………………………………….…..…. R3363 per day
Retirees and Academics ….……..……………..…… R2223 per day
Full time students ………………………………………. R1710 per day

To attend both days
Members of FFF, GSSA and SAIMM ………….. R4500 per 2 days
Non-members ………………………………….……….. R4800 per 2 days
Retirees and Academics ….……..……………….… R2950 per 2 days
Full time students ……………………………….……. R2500 per 2 days

Terms and conditions
The applicant indicates their desire to be registered for this event and therefore accepts full responsibility for the payment of the registration fees as stipulated in the registration information. If you want to register for a limited participation event please check that there are still places still available. Registrations are transferable. Payment is due on invoicing. All payments must be received prior to the start of the event. Payment methods accepted for this event: EFT. If your company has agreed to pay for your attendance it remains your responsibility to make sure that payment is made by your company timeously. Cancellation may be made in writing up to ten days prior to the starting day of the event. A 25% administration fee will be charged. No refund or credit note will be issued if written cancellation is not received timeously. You will then remain personally liable for payment of the invoice. Bank charges for non-South African payments are for the delegate’s account.

Contact Michelle Stegen, RCA Conference Organisers, Tel: 011 483-1861,


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