The power and water industries on the continent have responded with enthusiasm to the latest call for nominations for the sixth edition of the annual African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards that returns to Cape Town on 15 May 2019.
Pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industries on the continent will once again be celebrated for their achievements during 2018/2019.
Previously known as the African Utility Week Industry Awards, the new branding reflects the recent co-location of the POWERGEN Africa exhibition with African Utility Week.
Commenting, the event director, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Evan Schiff, said: “Our awards have been extremely popular and prestigious right from the start” adding: “we love how competitive the power and water industries are as this stimulates innovation, entrepreneurship and progress, all needed to improve power and water services for all Africans. We look forward to honouring thecontinent’s leading people and projects, from the Lifetime Achievement Award and Young Leader Award, to the Power Service Provider of the Year and the top Renewable Energy Projects in small and larger scales.”
Also, power and water professionals can nominate themselves or a colleague, project or organisation by completing the nomination form on the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa website.
The categories for the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards 2019 include: Lifetime Achievement Award for individuals with prolonged and consistent achievements who have made a significant contribution to the development and future of the energy or water industries.
Also, Outstanding Contribution Award: Power is to celebrates the accomplishments of an individual in a senior position from a utility, public or private company who has displayed passion and commitment to the power industry, while also demonstrating leadership, vision and success.
Others are: Outstanding Contribution Award: Water; Outstanding Contribution Award: Young Leader; Power Service Provider of the Year; Water Service Provider of the Year; Grid-Tied Renewable Energy Project (10MW +) and Small-Scale Sustainable Energy Project (under 5MW) among others.
The new co-location of POWERGEN Africa in 2019 will add an expanded focus on generation, including renewables, off grid, fossil fuels and nuclear, while still concentrating on transmission, distribution, metering, new technologies including storage, mini grids, micro grids, IOT and ICT systems, as well as water.
Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions African Utility Week boasts a five track strategic conference with over 300 expert speakers.
There will be also be an extensive Knowledge Hub programme, that is CPD accredited and free to attend. It offers hands-on presentations taking place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor.
These discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations.
The event will hold between May 14 and 17, 2019, at CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa.