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African Petrochemicals Nov/Dec Edition 14.6 {2017}


THYSSENKRUPP SERVICE CENTRE EXHIBITED ITS PRODUCT PORTFOLIO AND CAPABILITIES to customers at the Copperbelt Mining and Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) held from 6 to 8 June 2017 in Kitwe, Zambia Hosted exclusively within the Copperbelt, CBM-TEC is Zambia’s professional attendance technical supplies and equipment trade expo for the Copperbelt region. Zambia’s mining sector contributes over 70% to the country’s foreign exchange earnings. The Expo provides an exclusive and unique opportunity for equipment and service companies to engage directly with the regional mining operations in one convenient place over a three-day period. “We invited all our customers from across the African continent to visit our stand at the Expo which we shared with EC Mining,” comments, John Stapelberg, the Sales Manager of the thyssenkrupp Service Division. John confirms that this was a very successful event for thyssenkrupp. “The Expo presented us with the perfect opportunity to meet and share our capabilities with customers we do not always get to see. The excellent contact established during the expo necessitates our return to the region to engage with the various companies.” John recommends that thyssenkrupp attends the next CBM-TEC in 2019, and adds that “even more emphasis must be placed on our equipment and capabilities.” Some other prominent companies that exhibited at CBM-TEC included METSO, Hitachi, Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia, KOMATSU Zambia as well as several smaller companies with Ndola Lime Company, Mopani Copper Mine and Zeco Electricity Company of special interest to thyssenkrupp. The show attracted a high quality audience with over 4 300 visitors attending over the three days and was an ideal opportunity for networking, exchanging of ideas, building relationships and developing business partnerships for exhibitors and visitors alike. thyssenkrupp team at Copperbelt Expo. Back left to right: Demitri Kokoroyanis, Igor Zuvela, Gerhard van Wyk & Koos Smit. Front left to right: Natasha Minny (thyssenkrupp) with Andrew Kansamba from EC Mining, a distributor in Zambia. About thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions: The Industrial Solutions business area at thyssenkrupp is a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems. Based on more than 200 years of experience we supply tailored, turnkey plants and components for customers in the chemical, fertilizer, cement, mining and steel industries. As a system partner to the automotive, aerospace and naval sectors we develop highly specialized solutions to meet the individual requirements of our customers. More than 21,000 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency. For more information visit: Company blog: 15

RENEWABLE ENERGY, CRITICAL TO MEETING AFRICA’S ENERGY NEEDS BY 2040 Africa, filled with many developing nations, provides the ideal opportunity for the application of renewable energy solutions and technologies. About 635 million Africans still live without electricity and demand for energy is rising rapidly. Given the lack of power supply, especially in the rural regions of the continent, the growth and demand for applications of small-scale solar, wind and geothermal technologies providing power to people and business, is rapidly expanding. The use of renewable technologies is especially useful in the further and outlying areas as it is easier to install a more cost-effective solution in order to be less reliant on transporting electricity from power plants via transmission lines, which becomes very expensive. Renewable energy has the potential to substantially assist many African countries and their people to have access to energy, essential for the reduction of poverty and to ensure economic growth. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is stepping up the pace by focusing on five priorities that are crucial for accelerating Africa’s economic transformation. The Bank calls them the “High 5s”: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. The AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, describes energy as “the lifeblood of any society and the passport to economic transformation”. As such, energy is at the top of the bank’s “High 5” priorities and its new Energy Strategy aims to increase energy production and access, improve affordability, reliability and energy efficiency. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global energy demand will be 30 per cent higher with renewable energy facilitating almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s power generation growth by 2040. Africa’s demand for electricity is expected to increase by more than two-thirds between 2016 and 2040. Herein lies the business opportunity for the private sector participation. Added to this, renewable energy reduces carbon emissions, has the potential to supply cheaper electricity, and is becoming more affordable while coal and nuclear are likely to be more expensive. The IEA states that solar PV is expected to lead capacity additions as it has become the cheapest source of electricity generation. Research by McKinsey indicated that Africa’s potential energy generation capacity is up to 1.2 terawatts excluding solar, and more than 10 terawatts including solar. Africa has solar in abundance and can provide almost 10 terawatts of new energy. By 2040, it has been estimated that more than 25% or Africa’s total energy will originate from geothermal, hydro, solar and wind, indicating a more than four-fold increase from only 5% in 2013. The opportunity for private sector involvement and access to renewable energy projects in Africa will be a focused feature of the 10th African Energy Indaba (AEI) which is set take place on 20-21st February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa and is set to unpack these critical issues pertinent to African renewable energy implementation. ABOUT AFRICA ENERGY INDABA An African Energy event for Africans and by Africans Africa is the continent of opportunity for the serious energy investor. With vast natural energy resources ranging from coal, oil, gas, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, there is ample choice for the discerning energy entrepreneur. Lack of access to electricity means that there is an opportunity for regional governments, energy businesses, organisations and investors to unlock electricity access to millions of people who have don’t have power. The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s premier energy conference and exhibition: bringing together leading African and global energy players to unlock energy and business opportunities across the African continent. The Africa Energy Indaba has strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council (WEC), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA). 16 For more information:


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