WAPIC Holds Conference On Power In Lagos


By Modupe Gbadeyanka

This November, the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) will hold its long-running, regional conference and exhibition in Lagos.

The interactive conference will reflect the dynamic energy landscape of the region.

Over 2000 power professionals, high-level experts and industry stalwarts are expected to grace the 13th edition of the event, which holds at the Eko Hotel & Suites from November 22 to 25.

The programme will kick off with a pre-conference Masterclass on November 22, and would be followed with the documentary screening tagged ‘Nowhere to run’ same day.

The conference and exhibition will take place on November 23 and 24.

The West African Power Industry Awards will hold on Wednesday, November 23, while the site visit is on Friday, November 25.

Programme Director of WAPIC, Mr Natalie Bacon, said everything has been put in place for an exciting programme.

Some of the features at the 2016 WAPIC include:

* Embedded power generation and distributed power masterclass:

Distribution companies, project developers, technology solution providers and regulators will analyse the impact of embedded power generation and the next steps required for an enabling environment for power project implementation.

* Roundtable think tank exercises:

– Partnerships and privatisation – Breaking down silos in the power value chain

– Assumptions about generation – Case study: Bayelsa State

* Gas to power conference track and training:

  • De-risking gas to power
  • Securing gas pipelines
  • Diversifying gas supply

* Film documentary screening: “Nowhere to run”:

“Nowhere to Run,” produced by the Yar’Adua Foundation, tells the story of environmental threats and unique challenges to security in Nigeria from the perspective of affected communities.

* West African Women in Power Luncheon:

Power Africa’s Women in Africa Power network, Power4All and WAPIC are hosting a luncheon highlighting the role of women in Africa’s energy sector.

* Injecting Funds into the Power Sector:

– Accelerating the completion of PPAs.

– What power project funding is out there?

– Mechanisms to control cash flow.

* Innovation Hub:

The objective of WAPIC’s Innovation Hub is to showcase true game changing innovation in the power and energy sector. From start-up to multinational companies, the platform will celebrate bold thinking and the impact of innovation.

* Energy efficiency and off grid generation workshops on the exhibition floor:

The latest local and international technology and services are showcased and many more.

WAPIC is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

Other flagship events in Spintelligent’s power portfolio on the continent are African Utility Week, the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Power & Mining Investment Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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