A new conference and exhibition designed to define Africa’s future energy sector is being launched in Johannesburg next year by PennWell Corporation.

POWER-GEN Africa will feature leading power industry professionals from around the world and sit alongside the company’s other events, POWER-GEN International, POWER-GEN Europe, POWER-GEN Asia, POWER-GEN Middle East and POWER-GEN India & Central Asia.

The event, on 6-8 November 2012, will allow power and energy industry leaders and decision-makers to network and keep abreast of the latest developments in the sub-Saharan region.

Based on the reputation of its global sister events, POWER-GEN Africa’s exhibition is expected to attract the world’s leading power equipment and service suppliers, along with local electricity generators and power engineering firms.

Global attention is turning to Africa’s power requirements as the continent continues to experience rapid growth and development, driving the need for more widespread and reliable electricity.

With reserve margins virtually non-existent in the sub-Saharan Africa region, leading to blackout and load shedding scenarios, the region faces the real prospect of inadequate energy infrastructure acting as a brake on current and future economic growth. In tackling these problems, the region also faces a great shortage in the area of trained engineering professionals.

“The three day event will feature both strategic and technical conference streams as well as a targeted trade show in which the focus will be on practical solutions to address Africa’s power needs, based on the best available global ideas and technologies,” said Nigel Blackaby, POWER-GEN Africa event director and conference director for PennWell’s International Power Group.

POWER-GEN Africa will have a particular focus on driving international attention to the region and encouraging growth of international companies doing business within sub-Saharan Africa. Through a series of blended sessions and panel discussions, specific emphasis will be given to the tremendous opportunities in this fast-growing region.

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