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HydroTech Africa

August 4 & 5, 2015 - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The DRC has a huge hydropower potential of 100,000 MW, the equivalent of 13 % of the world’s hydropower potential. Yet the domestic rate of electrification remains low, and is currently estimated at no more than 9 %, while less than 3 % of the DRC’s hydropower potential is exploited. Hydroelectricity provides more than 96% of electricity generated in DRC. The main sources of hydroelectricity are the two Inga dams, 140 miles south-west of Kinshasa. Current aggregate power for all of Congo’s power stations stands at an estimated 650-750 MW.

Conference Main Topics

  • R.D. Congo government support for renewable energy development
  • Hydro energy project development options and pipline
  • Hydro energy technologies update
  • O&M and wear and tear protection
  • Project finance for hydro energy including PPPs
  • PPA contracts
  • Energy legislation update

Conference Agenda

Business Card Exchange – This is a unique opportunity to meet, exchange business cards and move on to meet the next person. Taking part gives you the chance to meet likeminded people – this could be the fastest, most beneficial and enjoyable 30 minutes of networking you will ever do and it’s a brilliant introduction to successful networking throughout the entire conference. Bring lots of business cards!

Hydro Energy Industry in D.R. Congo – The Roadmap to 2030 – Leading political figures from local national government and energy market regulator will open the conference by setting the scene for 2030 frameworks. The speakers will share their views on the status and future of the hydro energy sector in Africa and the strategies toward the future developments.

Licencing And Permitting For Renewable Energy Projects in D.R. Congo – This session will address the risks and opportunities for hydro energy investors and the importance of the legal aspects related to the development and financing of the hydro sector.

Renewable Energy Market In Africa – The panellists will debate and propose questions regarding the impact of the regulatory structure on the hydro energy financing and the alternative conditions needed in order to increase the stability over the coming years.

Financing Renewable Energy Projects In Africa I – Hear directly from leading investors in hydro energy industry in Africa and learn how to secure stable, long-term financing for your project.

Africa Hydro Developers’ Forum: Investment, Planning Process, Designing And Engineering – This session will be open to hydro energy developers who will discuss the challenges, obstacles and opportunities within the hydro energy finance, licensing and development, including the administration hurdles. It will also discuss the overall costs of projects.

Hydro Plants Rehabilitation, Refurbishment And Modernisation In Africa

Technology Showcase: Choosing The Best Turbine And Generator For Hydro Projects In Africa – Hydro turbine and generator is one of the key elements of the successful hydro energy project, hence the choice of the right turbine or generator for your projects is crucial to its profitability. This session will feature top hydro turbine and generator manufactures which developed products ideal for African hydro energy market.

Small Hydro In D.R. Congo And Africa – A hydro project is subject to different factors of risk during their life time, such as planning, construction and operation. Risks can be technical, environmental, social or regulatory. The perception of inadequate understanding of the risk factors can lead to cost overrun or complication in carrying out the project.

Financing Hydro Energy Projects in Africa II – Hear directly from leading investors in hydro energy industry in Africa and learn how to secure stable, long-term financing for your project.

Why Attend

  • A fully packed programme of high profile speakers
  • Excellent networking with the who’s who of the regional and international energy industry
  • Technology update in the exhibition area
  • Extensive finance advice on developing commercially profitable energy projects with case studies
  • Learn about local energy development and profitability
  • Hear from and meet top energy experts