Two global power conferences and exhibitions that were due to take place separately in South Africa next year will now be held concurrently, US-based Penwell Corporation which is hosting the events announced recently.
Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTECH Africa exhibitions and conferences will now take place on 17–19 March 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa.
“By hosting these events concurrently, these two globally renowned energy event brands will present one end-to-end platform designed to address the needs of Africa’s energy sector throughout the electricity delivery process, from the generation of electricity in the power station, to its efficient distribution and delivery to the end-user/consumer,” PenWell said in a statement.
Nigel Blackaby, Power-Gen event director and DistribuTECH Africa and director of conferences at PennWell International, said: “The decision to co-locate these events was made after consultation with and feedback from the market.
“It’s clear that given Africa’s unique challenges and that so many of its utilities are integrated end-to-end energy providers, its stakeholders would be better served by a single event that addresses the entire power generation and delivery chain.”
The effect of hosting these two major global brands under a single roof will offer participating utilities and other stakeholders a much bigger and more comprehensive value proposition.
DistribuTECH has been produced in the United States for 23 years. In January 2013, it attracted a record attendance of nearly 10 000 industry professionals at its event in San Diego, California.
Last year, the franchise held its first and hugely successful event outside of the US with the launch of DistribuTECH Brazil.
More than 2100 attendees from 63 countries and six continents attended the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa 2012.
The 2014 event is expected to attract larger numbers of the same high-level decision-makers, to explore the theme Solutions for Africa’s Energy Future across the conference’s three Strategic, Technology and Renewable Energy tracks.