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Summary Report of the 2018 Energy Seminar

On the 15th of November the PBF's Energy Desk held an energy seminar at Deloitte Consulting in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Around 16 experts provided various inputs whose value was highly appreciated by the participants.

The purpose of the session was to:

  1. Sensitise PBF members about the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and opportunities that will arise from it
  2. Present various power technologies as well as in opportunities in their value chains
  3. Address various support programmes that assist in participation in the power industry

The theme of the seminar was THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE IRP 2018 AND OPPORTUNITIES THEREOF and it was opportunistically convened just after the job and investment summits.

This seminar conducted essentially through panel discussions and consequently was a highly interactive session.

The emphasis, for the event, was getting participants that are fairly active in the power sector to intensively address and brainstorm on how to exploit opportunities that will arise from IRP 2018 coupled with the expectation to buttress the current Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan.

The aim was to ensure PBF members are optimally sensitised for the opportunities out the IRP itself. In the main, the seminar was conducted through panel discussions as a result there was more participation from both experts and participants!

The seminar also served as a means of keeping PBF members updated on developments whilst taking into account government priorities, policies and commitments.

3 panel discussions were held viz.:

  • AN OVERVIEW OF THE DRAFT IRP 2018 UPDATE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE ON BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Overviews on the IRP gas-to-power, nuclear energy and an embedded or decentralised power systems were presented.

  • OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS AS WELL AS RELATED SECTORS

Experts made presentations opportunities and current products & services in the following:

  • Clean Coal s as well as High Efficiency and Low Emissions Technologie
  • Nuclear energy including Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Skills development in the electricity industry.
  • FINANCE AND OTHER SUPPORT PROGRAMMES INCLUDING THE ROLE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Current products & services in the energy industry at Industrial Development Cooperation and the National Empowerment Fund as well as the general trends in commercial banks.

The New Development Bank, nominally known as the “BRICS” Bank, also made a debut and presented itself as a new chip in the block.
An academic from the University of Johannesburg shared views on how Industry 4.0 may be factored in the electricity industry as well as the university's programmes thereon.

Using a state-of-art technology 60 questions were generated during the 3 panel discussions and the Energy Desk aims to forward those who were not responded to relevant experts and the government for response.

Future activities were brainstormed and there was a consensus to explore using social media for engagement and sharing of views, convene a post-IRP event, as well as mobilising for more volunteers in the Energy Desk. Participants were also encouraged to write articles on power topics in PBF publications viz.:

  • Progressive Leader
  • Business Update
  • Progressive Women in Business.

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