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The South Africa Gas Options
3rd - 5th October 2016, The Westin Cape Town hotel 
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"The event was well organised and the speakers had the relevant knowledge of the gas industry and the content of the program was strong" Regulatory Specialist: Piped-Gas Regulation, NERSA

The South Africa: Gas Options conference took place between 3rd- 5th of October 2016 in Cape Town. Over 450 investors, government officials and power developers attended the meeting, which saw the South African IPP Office distributing the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) document to all attendees during a drinks reception hosted by the IPP Office, RBIDZ, DBSA and Total.

The PIM document was designed to highlight the scope of South Africa’s LNG-to-power IPP procurement programme for prospective and interested bidders, outlining the vision for gas development and detailing priority projects. The release of the PIM marked another step forward towards South Africa’s vision of establishing a gas market to meet the country’s high energy demands.

Organised for the second time by EnergyNet, the 3 day meeting commenced with a Master Class on LNG-to-power on 3rd October. Apart from the released PIM, the agenda also focused on the global LNG insights, and infrastructure and commercial considerations.

Honourable Fikile Zachariah Majola, Chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Energy, Thabane Zulu, Director General, Department of Energy, Ompi Aphane, Deputy Director General, Department of Energy and Karén Breytenbach, Head of the IPP Office, were among the high level speakers participating in the meeting.

 "The conference was excellent! A really great initiative that we should continue to support in the coming years. " Corporate Investment Banking - Sector Marketing, Standard Bank

If you are interested in speaking at South Africa Gas Options 2017, please email SA-GO@energynet.co.uk

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Press releases


The IPP Office to distribute the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) at the South Africa: Gas Options conference, next week in Cape Town

London, Sep 29, 2019 /EnergyNet/- Over 450 investors, government officials and power developers are participating in the meeting, which saw the South African IPP Office distribute the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) document to all attendees during a drinks reception hosted by the IPP Office, RBIDZ, DBSA and Total.

Department of Energy and international LNG companies to discuss next steps for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme this October

London, Aug 30, 2016 /EnergyNet/- Government, international gas developers and finance institutions will return to the South Africa: Gas Options conference this October in Cape Town to address the requirements and opportunities associated with the country’s 3,126MW gas-to-power programme... Read more

Cheniere and Bechtel Announce Substantial Completion of Train 1 at Sabine Pass

HOUSTON, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") (NYSE MKT: CQP) and Bechtel today announced that on May 27, 2016 they achieved Substantial Completion of Train 1 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (the "SPL Project"). Commissioning has been completed and Bechtel is turning over care, custody, and control of Train 1 to Cheniere Partners... Read more


Industry related reports

South Africa- Department of Energy 2015-2020 (5 year plan)

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

IPP Office- The Gas To Power Programme

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant

South Africa Sets Up LNGImport Unit for Gas-to-Power Program

Gas to Power Programme: Environmental Impact Assessments (ERM)

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement

SOUTH AFRICA’S GAS-TO-POWER PROGRAM: where is the gas? (Baker Mackenzie)

Gas to fire up industry


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H.E. Hon Tina Joemat-Pettersson
H.E. Hon Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Minister of Energy, South Africa

Tina Joemat-Pettersson is the Minister of Energy. She is Chairwoman of the Northern Cape Province Rehabilitation Trust and of the SA Communist Party in the Northern Cape. Joemat-Pettersson chairs the ANC Women's League in the Northern Cape and is a trustee of the Mosiuoa Lekota children's Fund.

Thabane Zulu
Thabane Zulu
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Strategic Fuel Fund
Ompi Aphane
Deputy Director General
Department of Energy South Africa
Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi
Chief Director: Energy Planning
Department of Energy, South Africa
Karén Breytenbach
Karén Breytenbach
Head of IPP Projects, IPP Office, Government of South Africa

Karén Breytenbach was previously with the National Treasury, Public Private Partnership Unit and is currently in the IPP Office, a partnership between the Department of Energy, National Treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.  Karén has extensive experience in the procurement of large scale infrastructure projects.  As Head of the IPP Office, Karén has been instrumental in the procurement of the internationally recognised Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme and is also heading the team procuring the new coal baseload and co-generation IPP Programmes.  The IPP office is currently also procuring a gas to power IPP programme, which will include, inter alia, natural gas, syngas and LNG.

Maduna Ngobeni
Maduna Ngobeni
Head: Programme Management
IPP Office, Department of Energy, South Africa

He was previously with the Department of Minerals and Energy in the capacity of Principal Energy Officer. Maduna is currently with the Department of Energy in the capacity of Deputy Director Electricity Regulation and also holds the position of Project Officer for the Independent Power Producers Office, a partnership between the Department of Energy, National Treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. 

He has extensive experience in the development of legislation and regulations for the electricity sector and has contributed significantly with the drafting of electricity policies such as the Electricity Pricing Policy.

In his role as Project Officer at the IPP Office, Maduna not only facilitates correspondence with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) but also involved with the drafting of various contracts such as the Request for Proposal (RF), Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and the Implementation Agreement (IA). Maduna has been instrumental in the procurement of the internationally recognised Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme and works closely with the Head of the IPP Office in procuring the new coal baseload and co-generation IPP Programmes.  The IPP office is currently also procuring a gas to power IPP programme, which will include, inter alia, natural gas, syngas and LNG.

Honourable Fikile Zacharia Majola
Chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Energy

Dr Bheki Mfeka
Economic Advisor in the Office of the Presidency

Silas Zimu
Silas Zimu
Special Energy Advisor to the President
Government of South Africa
Silas Mzingeli Zimu obtained his B. Eng. Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1991. He also holds an Msc in Engineering Management. Silas has attended some of the highly recognized leadership and management programmes both nationally and internationally.
Mr. Zimu started his career in the electricity industry when he joined Eskom in 1992 where he worked as an engineer in the generation group. Amongst areas that he was involved in is the normalisation of Soweto. He was also appointed as a contract manager for key projects like Alusaf and Matimba-Bulawayo. While still at Eskom, he was later appointed as a Key Customer Relations Manager looking after the mining industry.
He joined City Power as a General Manager - Planning and Technology and was soon promoted to  Vice President, Customer Services. Because of the knowledge and passion he has for Engineering Operations, Silas was then appointed as a Vice President of Operations in December 2003 and served on Executive Management Committee, as well as a number of Board committees within the organization. Silas has extensive experience in both business and strategic management. He acted in the CEO position since February 2006, until being appointed Managing Director of City Power.
Mr. Zimu has held the position of CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd since October 2011 and shares with us the vision for a greater tomorrow.
Mr Zimu, has recently been appointed as the energy advisor to the RSA State President.
Lena Mangondo
Lena Mangondo
Head: Legal
IPP Office, South Africa

Lena Mangondo has extensive experience in infrastructure and energy. From an energy perspective she heads up the legal team at the IPP Office and as a result of this, she forms part of the Government team that initiated, formulated and implementing the Renewable Energy IPP Programme in South Africa. Not to mention the amendments to the various legislative instruments in the context of the energy sector broadly, as well as initiation of the ISMO Bill. Lena is also currently involved in the design and implementation of the various IPP Programmes, principally the Coal, Gas and Co-Generation Programmes. This is in line with the various Ministerial Determination as well as the Grand Inga Project and the Gas Utilisation Master Plan. Furthermore, on an on-going basis involved in providing such technical and strategic advice as required on energy related matters.


Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk
Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk
IPP Projects
Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk received an M Com (Economics) Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  She was senior lecturer, Department of Economics, at the University of Pretoria till 1988 and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Information, Development Bank of Southern Africa.  She held the position of Economist in the DBSA’s Southern Africa Business Unit, before she joined the World Bank in 2000.  At the World Bank, she was country economist for Botswana and Swaziland and then senior economist in the Bank’s Africa Regional Integration Department.  She held this position till she left the World Bank in March 2008.  She joined DFID Southern Africa in May 2008 as Regional Trade and Integration.  Since May 2014, she is Head: Economics of the South African IPP Projects Office.
She has worked on regional integration in Africa in the context of policy formulation and implementation as well as on inter-governmental fiscal relations and macroeconomics in South Africa and its customs union neighbours.  She served as advisor to the South African government on a range of foreign economic policy issues and to SADC on regional financial integration.  She has published extensively in various fields of economics.  She is member of a number of SA and international professional associations and, in SA, she has been a member of the Central Council of the Economic Society of South Africa for seven years, which included a two-year term as Vice-President.  
Kishan Pillay
Kishan Pillay
Director, Up- and Midstream Oil & Gas
Department of Trade & Industry
Mr. Kishan Pillay is currently the Director of Oil & Gas: Industrial Development Division at the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa. He has a Masters of Commerce Degree in Economics, from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He serves on the Boards of the South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) - which is a public private partnership that aims to promote the interests of firms operating within the Oil & Gas sector in South Africa-and IGAS-an affiliate of the Central Energy Fund Group of Companies. He chairs the Operation Phakisa Local Content work-stream and the dti led Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU).
Gert de Beer
Chief Business Development Officer
Pumi Motsoahae
Pumi Motsoahae
Richards Bay IDZ
Pumi is a Chief Executive Officer of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone, since his appointment he has thrived on various initiatives, particularly ensuring that RBIDZ becomes a motor-force of change and takes a central role in the economic transformation and infrastructural development.
Pumi is a dynamic and seasoned executive with more than eighteen years working experience in Ports, shipping, logistics, freight transportation and maritime development. He possesses resilient business and project management experience as demonstrated by control, management and execution of diverse capital infrastructure projects amongst others in the Port of Durban’s Capital Works Programme.
In his past experience Pumi has driven various major property acquisitions such as Salisbury Island and the Durban International Airport for Port development. He has been involved in the formulation and development of Transnet’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIP) under the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC). He has also managed diverse Programme and Projects portfolio comprising of specialist Project Managers, Engineers, Electricians, Property Portfolio Managers, Port Planners and Financial Managers.
He holds a B.A. Administration Degree, Masters in Town and Regional Planning, Post-Graduate Diploma in Shipping, Transportation and Logistics and Executive Development Program in Supply Chain Management.
Nomfundo Maseti
Nomfundo Maseti
Regulatory Member
National Regulator of South Africa
Ms Nomfundo Maseti holds a BA Hon degree in Economics. She started her career teaching economics and business economics for three years. She joined the Competition Commission wherein she held various positions including serving as a Senior Economist and had an opportunity to regulate conduct of various corporates in South Africa through undertaking major investigations pertaining to price fixing and abuse of dominance with great success.
She has extensive knowledge of industrial economics, regulatory economics and economics of competition law and consumer law which are imperative in the sustainable development and regulation of the piped gas industry. Part of her role in the Department of Trade and Industry where she served as a Chief Director, was to formulate policy and regulations in the area of competition, corporate and consumer. She piloted a number of various policy and legislation through Cabinet and Parliament, notably,
• Competition Policy (refined policy) and Competition Amendment Act of 2010
• Consumer Protection Act including associated regulations (2009)
• Companies Amendment Bill (Rectification Bill in 2010)
• Estate Agency Policy framework and Draft Amendment Bill (2009 and 2010)
Ms Maseti previously served as a Board Member at the National Gambling Board, and as a member of e-Commerce Committee and as a member of SADC Competition and Consumer Committee.
In November 2010, Ms Maseti joined NERSA as the Executive Manager for Piped Gas Regulation. In this role, she provided appreciable leadership in the development and finalisation of the Competition Assessment and the Maximum Price Methodology paving way for NERSA to exercise its regulatory powers in approving maximum gas prices.
Thembani Bukula
Thembani Bukula
Full-Time Member: Electricity
National Energy Regulator of South Africa, NERSA
Thembani Bukula graduate with BSc Engineering from National University and Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University. He is a registered Professional Engineering with a Government Certificate of Competency (GCC). 
Most recently, Mr Bukula was the Managing Member of IJANGA Consulting Service, focusing on specialised engineering projects as well as the Director of business Development at Bytes Managed Services. He also serves as a NonExecutive Director of National Laboratories Association. His career started at Yelland Engineering as Design Engineering. 
He then joined M & E Design as a Project Engineer before joining Eskom in 1993 as Transmission as Techical Services engineer. He was seconded to KEMA, The Netherlands in June 1995, where he worked as a test engineer and in 1997 he was appointed as Technical Services Manager (Kwazulu-Natal and Free State Region) where he was responsible for the operating, maintenance and refurbishment of the Eskom – Transmission national grid. 
During this period he served on the High Voltage and Substations Research Steering Committees to evaluating and analysing research projects as well as providing technical expertise to Mozambique Transmission Company (MORTRACO) projects. In 1999 he was promoted to head the National Performance & Technical Audits Division of the Eskom – Transmission Group.
In 2001, he joined the National Electrical Test Facility (NETFA – SABS) as the Divisional Managing Director) responsible for the transformation of the test laboratories into commercial viable entities and in June 2002 he was promoted to be the Managing Director of the SABS Testing & Conformity Services. In March 2004, he was appointed as the Managing Director of National Data Systems – Specialised Services. 
He then formed IJANGA Consulting Services in 2005 where he conducts consulting services for specialised engineering projects including Chinal North West Power 765kV commissioning and maintenance planning project, implementation of Quality Management Systems (e.g. ISO 9000) and various design and/or technical evaluation or appraisal projects.
Thulebona Nxumalo
Executive Manager: Piped Gas Regulation

Mr Thulebona Nxumalo is currently the Executive Manager in the Piped Gas Division at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). He has occupied this position since 1 October 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of the activities of the Division, which includes matters related the processing of applications for licences for the construction and operation of gas infrastructure, compliance monitoring and enforcement, dispute resolution and gas prices and tariffs.  Prior to this appointment Thulebona was the Head of Department for gas licensing, compliance and dispute resolution from the period 1 July 2010 to 30 March 2014. He also served as Acting Executive Manager from 1 April 2014 until 31 September 2015. He holds a B Proc and LLB degrees and a Diploma in Development Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.          

Taylor Ruggles
Taylor Ruggles
Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, US State Department and Power Africa

Taylor Ruggles is the U.S. Department of State’s Regional Energy Counselor for Africa.  In that capacity, he advises the Department of State and U.S. missions abroad on an array of conventional and unconventional energy issues in Africa in support of the President’s Power Africa Initiative and U.S. strategic and commercial interests.  
Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Ruggles served as Deputy Executive Secretary at the National Security Council in the White House.  From August, 2011 through August, 2014 he was the U.S. Consul General in Durban, South Africa.  In 2011 he served in the White House National Security Staff as a Senior Advisor for Middle East Affairs working on the Maghreb and, prior to that, he was Vice President Biden’s Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia.
He has served twice in the State Department’s Executive Secretariat Staff (“The Line”), including as Deputy Director, and also served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center.  Other Washington assignments include Assistance Coordinator for Russia and Turkey desk officer, which included supporting the establishment of the East-West Energy Corridor.  In addition to South Africa, his overseas assignments include Embassies Oslo, Norway and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  
Mr. Ruggles has an AB degree from Kenyon College, a JD from George Mason University School of Law, and is a MA in National Security Studies from the National War College.  He speaks Spanish, French, and Norwegian fluently, and has a basic knowledge of Russian.  
Mukund Dhar
Mukund Dhar
White and Case

Mukund Dhar is a partner in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of White & Case LLP.  His practice focuses on LNG, oil and gas and power.  He has extensive experience in advising sponsors, developers, offtakers and lenders on international projects, project financings, investments and acquisitions within these sectors, especially in emerging markets.  Before relocating to Johannesburg, Mukund was based in the London office of White & Case LLP.

Gonzalo Ramirez
Gonzalo Ramirez
Director, South America
Execelarate Energy

Gonzalo Ramirez is responsible for the development and marketing of Excelerate Energy’s Floating Regasification projects and assets based on Gateway buoy systems and GasPort dockside facilities, as well as coordinating engineering and commercial activities around Excelerate’s FSRU business on a global basis.  He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in from ITESM in Mexico City and a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird University in Glendale, AZ.  Gonzalo has over 10 years of experience in commercial shipping and marine infrastructure industry.  Prior to joining Excelerate, Gonzalo worked for a leading Norwegian Ship Owner and Pemex’s international business arm, holding various posts within Chartering, Operations and Business Development activities.

Tracy Lothian
Tracy Lothian
Vice President LNG Global Market Development
Exxon Mobil
Tracy Lothian has management experience in a variety of energy areas, including retail fuels, chemicals, upstream project development, and gas and power marketing. She has worked with ExxonMobil since 1998, when she joined the company as a retail fuels analyst in Leatherhead, UK; subsequent assignments were located in Europe and later Houston starting in 2011.
In 2006, Tracy moved from the chemicals business into gas and power marketing, where she negotiated gas transportation and processing agreements. She subsequently managed the Europe gas transportation team. In 2009, Tracy was selected to join the newly formed upstream ventures division and worked on developing upstream asset acquisition opportunities. 
In 2011, Tracy moved to Houston to manage the business analysis team for LNG and from here moved into her current assignment managing the market development team for new LNG business opportunities.  
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University College London.
Fred Smits van Oyen
Fred Smits van Oyen
Vice President
Cheniere Marketing
Fred Smits is Vice President, Origination and Marketing, EMEA for Cheniere Marketing. He has worked for Shell, BG Group, Gazprom and Excelerate Energy in a variety of technical, commercial, finance and business development positions.
Prior to Cheniere, Mr Smits worked for Excelerate Energy and was the Head of Business Development and Strategy for Gazprom's global LNG division, developing some of Gazprom's largest and most strategic projects, but also responsible for small scale LNG.
Mr Smits' track record spans the entire energy value chain, from exploration down to the end customer. He has had leading roles with responsibility for the delivery of all aspects of the business and made sure they met all HSSE, technical, commercial and financial requirements. His negotiations with partners and clients have led to valuable and sustainable deals for all parties involved.
Mr Smits was trained as a Production Technologist in Shell. He holds an MSc in Theoretical Physics and an MBA from London Business School.
Sean Friend
Sean Friend
Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure
Old Mutual
Sean Friend is portfolio manager of the IDEAS Managed Fund, South Africa’s largest domestic infrastructure equity Fund. Sean moved from Old Mutual Property to Old Mutual Investment Group’s infrastructure team nine years ago and took over management of the IDEAS Managed Fund in 2009. Over this 6 year period the fund has grown from an asset base of approximately R 2.3 billion to approximately R 8.2 billion. This has been achieved through a combination of investment returns above the fund’s CPI + 7% target and the closure of project finance investments with a value of over R 2 billion, the latter being predominantly in renewable energy. Sean has overall responsibility for the origination, acquisition and management of assets and is passionate about the potential for private sector investment to positively transform Southern Africa. Prior to joining the Old Mutual, Sean spent seven years in real estate finance. 
Qualifications: BSc (Building), MSc (Property), CFA Charterholder 
Chris Utting
Chris Utting
Executive Partner
White & Case

Chris Utting is the Executive Partner for the White & Case Johannesburg Office and Head of the Africa Group.  Prior to moving to Johannesburg, he spent over 15 years in London working on cross border financings, including project finance, Islamic finance, restructurings, leverage and corporate lending and general banking matters. Sectors include (among others) power (both conventional and renewables), telecommunications, industrials and infrastructure. He has experience in Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, with a particular current focus on Africa.

Sakkie Leimecke
Sakkie Leimecke
Head of Energy
Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking

Sakkie Leimecke holds a BSc and MBA from the University of Pretoria.  He joined Nedbank in 2007 from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) where he gained extensive experience in limited recourse finance transactions in the Industrial Infrastructure and Energy sectors and is also experienced in a wide range of other industrial sectors.

He started his career in finance at a commercial bank before joining the IDC in 1988. Currently Sakkie is heading the Energy Finance Unit of Nedbank Capital focusing on of all types of finance in the Power Sector.  

Eric Mwangi
Eric Mwangi
Energy Advisor to the Minister of Energy
Experience: A global business leader with over 18 years’ experience in advisory and investments in the public and private sector across a number of key industry sectors including energy, telecoms, infrastructure, financial services, agriculture and education, with a strong global management consulting and corporate finance background and extensive experience in three continents. Eric has worked with a number of leading investment companies both as a transaction advisor and as a principal, with interests in telecoms and energy on the continent ,in helping them build and execute infrastructure investment cases, generate and execute market entry strategies, as well as build strong management teams. He has worked for international firms such as Monitor Group in the US, Europe and Africa n industries such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and heavy engineering, as well as national, regional and local governments in the areas of organizational restructuring, strategy development, acquisitions/investment analysis, service delivery analysis, industry analysis and competitiveness strategies. Eric is a Senior Advisor at Dalberg and an Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Kenya.
Background: Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Policy Analysis from Cornell University in New York.  
Marcel Bruhwiler
Marcel Bruhwiler
Principal Investment Officer

Marcel Bruhwiler is a Principal Investment Officer with IFC based in Johannesburg. He works on infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining IFC, Marcel was the Managing Director of the South African subsidiary of an international plant & equipment provider. Previously, he was a Vice President with ABB Energy Ventures and a founding partner of EIC Partners, an investment advisory and asset management boutique focused on the energy sector. At ABB, Marcel worked on development and financing of infrastructure projects in power, transport and water across Africa and the Middle East. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. 

Niall Kramer
Niall Kramer
Chief Executive Officer
South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA)
Niall is an experienced corporate marketing leader with strong global, Asian, African and SA experience in oil & gas, marketing and corporate areas.
He was educated at UCT and he joined Caltex in SA in 1990 where he moved from across many functions, in both Corporate and Marketing, and was posted to Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand. 20 years later in 2010, after leading the marketing integration for what became Chevron (with the merger of Caltex, Texaco and Chevron) for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he became Director Business Development for both Strika Entertainment and Market Pulse Int. In 2013 he joined Shell Upstream BV to manage stakeholder relationships on the key Karoo Shale gas project.
Niall joined SAOGA (South African Oil & Gas Alliance) in March 2016
John Mauel
John Mauel
Head of Energy Transactions U.S., Norton Rose Fulbright

John Mauel has 30 years of experience in handling the development, financing, acquisition, and divestiture of domestic and international LNG, oil and gas, and electric power projects, including the consortium structuring and joint venture arrangements involved in such projects.  John has had the opportunity to act as lead outside counsel in connection with major LNG projects and transactions, including LNG receiving terminal projects on both sides of the Atlantic, US LNG export projects, and major LNG sale and purchase transactions.  His LNG marketing work has included the structuring, drafting and negotiation of US LNG sale and purchase agreements.

John has practiced in Houston, Texas throughout his career with the exception of 2008 to 2010 when he resided in London.  He holds a B.A. (cum laude) degree in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from Notre Dame Law School.

Tom Earl
Tom Earl
VP, Business Development,
Total Gas & Power Ltd
Tom Earl graduated in 1996 from City University, London with a degree in engineering, specialising in aerodynamics. After attending Fort Bragg Military Academy, North Carolina, Tom joined Total in 1998, at Total Gas Marketing in London. After various positions in the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he became head of the natural gas options desk and subsequently managed the natural gas trading desk. After working on LNG related projects in the USA, Russia and Qatar, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total in 2006. In 2011, he moved to Houston, Texas as head of Total’s North America trading desks for Natural Gas, LNG, LPG, Ethane, Coal and Petcoke. In December 2015 Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global natural gas and LNG activities whose development teams are located in Singapore, Paris, London and Houston.


Lucy Chege
Lucy Chege
General Manager
Infrastructure Finance - Energy Environment & PPPs
Lucy is currently General Manager: Infrastructure Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). She is primarily responsible for leading DBSA’s investment activities and managing relationships with key clients in the energy, environment and health sectors in South Africa. Prior to this role, she was a Divisional Executive in the Investment Banking Division at the DBSA.
Lucy has over 10 years of combined experience in infrastructure project finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). She has led several investment teams, and executed financing mandates for transactions in various sectors including energy, telecommunications, PPPs, health and transport.
Lucy has an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, UK.
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
General Manager – Global LNG, Europe and Africa
Chris Johnson is the General Manager – Europe & Africa, Global LNG. Chris is accountable for LNG import and associated gas market development in these regions as well as the development of LNG to transport opportunities.  
Chris has been working for Shell for 20 years with most of that time in the area of LNG. His LNG experience includes leading the successful negotiations with the State of Gujarat in India for the development of Shell’s Hazira LNG terminal, concluding several long term LNG off-take contracts as well as most recently leading a major project for Shell for export of LNG from North America.
Faiez Saille
Business Development Africa (Oil Gas and Petrochemicals)
Mott Macdonald
Faiez Sallie holds the position of Director Business Development Africa for the Oil Gas and Petrochemicals Unit of Mott MacDonald reporting to the MD in Dubai where he is responsible for Strategy, Marketing, Sales and business development for Sub-Saharan Africa in the advisory, engineering and execution space.
He has previously held the position of Head Business Development for Southern Africa for global group Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) reporting to the VP for Downstream in Houston Texas. Prior to these positions he has held positions in the pulp and paper and mining/minerals sector. His  over twenty years of experience spanning numerous business cultures American, English, Finnish, Austrian and South African.
His passion is the Integration of Client Drivers with Strategy, Technology,  Engineering and Design, Execution and Funding to achieve value streams for clients and countries.
He hold two postgraduate qualifications MBA (Business School Netherlands) and Programme in Business leadership (UNISA SBL) and two undergraduate qualifications BSC Chemistry (WITS) and HND Chemical  Engineering (University of Johannesburg)
Ebrahim Takiola
Ebrahim Takiola
Chief Strategy Officer
Monetizing Gas Inc
Ebrahim has significant experience in the oil and gas sector. Past CEO of the South African Oil & Gas Alliance, the industry body for oil and gas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously executive at Deloitte in management consulting and specialist in engineering consulting;
Advised leading global resource, oil and gas companies, tier one global financial institutions and fund managers on management, operational strategy, project management, mergers and acquisitions; valuations; and equity/debt funding.
Mike de Pontes
Mike de Pontes
Chief Operating Officer

Mike has been employed at CEF (Pty) Ltd heading iGas (Pty) Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of CEF) as the Chief Operating Officer since 1989. He is managing an infrastructural development company as Senior Engineer: CEF Developed new catalyst and process technology for GTL plants Part of design team for new methanol to liquid fuels plant Part of catalyst plant design team Part of new catalyst development team

David Post
David Post
Head of Business Development, Global Thermal Generation
Enel Spa
David Post is the recently appointed Head of Business Development for the Global Thermal Generation business of the Enel Group. Before, he lead the business development activities in the US and Canada for Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) and was board member of Tradewind and Geronimo Energy, as well as a board member of the Utah Infrastructure Board, and advisory role appointed by the Governor.
Prior to joining EGPNA, Mr. Post was the deputy director of business development and strategy for Endesa in Latin America and in Europe, and occupied several board positions. Mr. Post has an extensive experience in merger and acquisitions as well as in financial restructuring. Prior to joining Endesa, Mr. Post was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Post holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (with Sigma Bea Gamma award) and a Doctorandus degree from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (with special honors).
Marubini Raphulu
Marubini Raphulu
Managing Director
Calulo Investments
Marubini is an Investment Banker with extensive corporate commercial experience, having been involved in providing advice to a number of public and private companies, parastatals and government departments. Marubini served his articles at Werksmans, was an Associate Director at Sonnenburg Hoffmann Galombik, and a Director at AloeCap Corporate Advisors where he was an advisor on corporate finance and due diligence. At Nedbank Capital, he served as a Senior Principal in the Investment Banking Division. 
Marubini holds a BProc and LLB Law Degree from the University of Natal (Durban), as well as an LLM (tax) Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was admitted as in attorney in 2002.
Prabashen Govender
Prabashen Govender
Project Director Head, Southern Africa Business Development
ACWA Power
Jonathan Berman
Jonathan Berman
Managing Director

Jonathan joined Fieldstone in 2006, and has 25 years of investment banking experience, focussed mainly on emerging markets and the energy, infrastructure and commodities sectors

Prior to joining Fieldstone he was Managing Director and head of Global Markets for Deutsche Bank South Africa, in which role he was also CEO of Deutsche Bank AG Johannesburg branch and responsible for business development across the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Before this Jonathan spent 17 years with Barclays, based successively in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Johannesburg. During his nine years in Asia, he completed many pioneering project, acquisition, export and capital market financings across the region,   followed by three years as Director, Investment Banking for the US Power and Utilities sector. From 2001 to 2004 he founded and headed Barclays’ pan-African Merchant Banking business, which completed transactions in 12 countries across the continent and was named “Debt House of the Year” by Euromoney. During this time Jonathan represented Barclays in the establishment of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.

Jonathan was a non Executive Director of the Bond Exchange of South Africa from 2003-9, and oversaw BESA’s merger with the JSE.   He maintains a keen interest in local currency debt market development across Africa, having led significant issues in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

He holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford University.

Khwezi Tiya
Khwezi Tiya
Executive: Oil & Gas
Standard Bank, South Africa
Khwezi joined Standard Bank (CIB) in 2010 as head of business acquisition in Transactional Banking. He was appointed in Client Coverage as an oil & gas executive in October 2013. In this role, he manages the bank’s relationships with selected clients, focusing on meeting the clients’ challenges and objectives in project development, financing, risk management, working capital and cash management. He also leads the critical stakeholder and policy work for the oil & gas sector, helping the clients in dealing with key policymakers, address regulatory challenges of this sector as well as interpreting the investment impact of regulatory decisions.
He began his career as an engineer in 1992.  From 1999 - 2010, he worked on the multi-billion rand Coega Project, with executive roles in strategy, operations and business development. He was intimately involved in the business and political negotiations necessary for the creation of that project. 
A certified Project Management Professional, Khwezi holds a BSc Civil Eng (Univ of Kwa-Zulu-Natal), a MBA (Nyenrode Business Universiteit, the Netherlands) and a MSc Financial Management (University of London, UK).  He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and participated in the Global Energy Seminar at Harvard Business School (USA).



The 2nd Annual South Africa: Gas Options meeting addressed topics such as:

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South Africa: Gas Options meeting took place at The Westin Cape Town hotel 
The Westin Cape Town hotel is set at the gateway to the V&A Waterfront and located adjacent to the CTICC. The hotel offers deluxe bedding and floorto-ceiling windows boasting panoramic city views. Guests can enjoy a well-equipped gym as well as stylish outdoor pool and access to the Heavenly Spa. Hotel’s Thirty7 Restaurant has a sophisticated décor and serves nouvelle cuisine, all made from fresh local produce. A wide selection of whiskeys and cognacs are also available at the Raleighs Cigar Bar.



South Africa’s Department of Energy and IPP Office outlined progression on its Gas to Power programme.
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Strategic Partner

Nedbank CIB is the Corporate and Investment banking division of the Nedbank Group, one of the four largest banking groups in South Africa. Covering the full spectrum of corporate and investment banking requirements, every solution we offer is characterised by fresh thinking, creative design and a complete understanding of what our clients need to be able to achieve their objectives.
Our dedicated Energy team has successfully concluded numerous corporate and limited recourse financing deals, following a full sector approach within the energy sector, both locally and within Africa. The team has won numerous international awards, has closed a number of landmark African Power deals and is currently the leading funder to the South African government’s Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Norton Rose Fulbright

Strategic Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s 30-year track record places us at the centre of developments across Africa. Our aim is to enable anyone who is already active in Africa or who wishes to do business across the continent to access the knowledge we have gained from working on the ground across more than 45 African jurisdictions. Our dedicated team of lawyers has a wealth of experience in assisting clients with their energy projects, negotiating Africa’s regulations and providing innovative legal solutions.




Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Strategic Partner

The Development Bank of Southern Africa is one of the leading development financial institutions on the continent. We offer an integrated value chain which includes e.g. project consulting, project preparation, deal syndication, finance, implementation and maintenance solutions for socio-economic infrastructure developments in (South) Africa. Our areas of focus include Education, Energy, Health, Housing, ICT, Transport and Water.

For more information visit: www.dbsa.org



White & Case

Lead Sponsor

White & Case is a global law firm with resources in the markets that matter today.  The firm has been actively advising clients on the African continent for over 40 years; experience that makes us one of the leading Africa legal practices. Our team of lawyers in our offices in Johannesburg, London, Paris, New York, São Paulo, Beijing, Washington, DC, and the United Arab Emirates advise clients across Africa, including Lusophone Africa. We have advised on legal issues arising from some of the largest project development, project finance, M&A, equity and debt capital markets, construction and dispute resolution matters in Africa to date, across the power, oil and gas,  infrastructure, metals and mining, and telecommunications sectors. Our experience in acting on behalf of both Mozambiquan and international clients cuts across a wide range of sectors and includes some of the largest projects and transactions completed in the country, many of which earned us international awards. In addition, we are recognised as one of the leading legal advisors for oil and gas matters. We have advised on some of the most complex and cutting-edge oil and gas projects (including LNG) in Africa in the last few years across the upstream, midstream and downstream sector and have significant experience in gas commercialisation projects.
Our lawyers are currently advising on a number of key projects in Mozambique including Vale S.A. in connection with the development and financing of one of the country’s most significant cross-border energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects, and the project company in respect of the Ncondezi Power Project which includes the upstream mine development and downstream independent power projects for the supply of power to Electricidade de Moçambique.
White & Case is currently ranked “Band 1 for Projects and Energy – Africa-wide” by Chambers Global 2014. We are also ranked “First for Project Financing in Africa” by Dealogic Global Project Finance Review 2013 and were awarded “Best Law Firm in Africa” by EMEA Finance, African Banking Awards, 2013.

Lead Sponsor

Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses, owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana. Directly and through its subsidiary, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., Cheniere is constructing and developing liquefaction projects near Corpus Christi, Texas and at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, respectively. Cheniere is also exploring a limited number of opportunities directly related to its existing LNG business. (www.cheniere.com)


Excelerate Energy

Lead Sponsor

Excelerate Energy L.P. is the pioneer and market leader in innovative floating LNG solutions. The company provides integrated services along the entire LNG value chain with an objective of delivering rapid-to-market and reliable LNG import and export terminals. Excelerate offers a full range of floating regasification services, from floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) to infrastructure development to LNG supply to both its downstream and upstream customers. Excelerate leads the market in the development of floating regasification terminal having delivered eleven projects worldwide which have resulted in new markets for LNG. Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, Excelerate has a presence in Buenos Aires, Dubai, London, Rio de Janeiro, and Singapore.

ACWA Power

Delegate Bags Sponsor

ACWA Power is a developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 32 billion, can generate 22.8 GW of power and produce 2.5 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.
ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group). 
ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost while seeking to maximize local content and local employment creation, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves. 
ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business.


African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Associate Sponsor

With a thorough understanding of the African business environment, AIIM develops, advises and manages private equity infrastructure funds and has experience spanning a range of infrastructure asset classes. 
The AIIM team manage and advise US$1.9 billion across six infrastructure funds adding value to investment activities through strategic, commercial, operational and financial expertise. 
AIIM is a leading infrastructure equity investment manager in the African landscape providing compelling investment opportunities that seek to deliver superior returns for investors, while making a tangible contribution to local economies and communities. 
AIIM is a member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments, one of the largest alternative investment managers in Africa.

Associate Sponsor

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. We hold an industry-leading inventory of global oil and gas resources. We are the world’s largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and our chemical company ranks among the world’s largest. We apply science and innovation to find better, safer and cleaner ways to deliver the energy the world needs.
Our Upstream business encompasses high-quality exploration opportunities across all resource types and geographies, an industry-leading resource base, a portfolio of world-class projects, and a diverse set of producing assets. We have an active exploration or production presence in 36 countries.
Our balanced Downstream portfolio includes refining facilities in 17 countries. We are the world’s largest integrated refiner and manufacturer of lube basestocks and a leading marketer of petroleum products and finished lubricants. Our high-quality products, combined with a strong global refining and distribution network, position us as a premier supplier around the world.
ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in the world, with a unique portfolio of commodity and specialty businesses that deliver superior returns across the business cycle. We manufacture high-quality chemical products in 16 countries. With a major presence in the Asia-Pacific, we are well positioned to competitively supply the rapid chemical demand growth in this region.
We are proud to play a leading role in providing the energy the world needs to support economic growth, technological advancement and the well-being of communities around the globe.
For more information, visit exxonmobil.com

Associate Sponsor

Enel is a multi-national power company and a leading integrated player in the world’s power and gas markets, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America. 
The Group operates in over 30  countries across 4 continents, generating power from over 96 GW of net installed capacity and distributing electricity and gas through a network spanning around 1.9 million km. 
Enel, with its 61 million end users worldwide, has the largest customer base among its European peers and is among the leading power companies in Europe in terms of installed capacity and reported EBITDA.

Co Host Pre Conference Drinks Reception

Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. Its 100,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, new energies, trading, and chemicals. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow.
Total holds a majority stake in SunPower, a world leader in solar energy, and is actively engaged in a number of renewable research and development projects in solar and biotechnologies. More information is available on www.total.com.


Coffee Break Sponsor 

Shell is the leading international oil company in integrated gas, which comprises LNG and GTL. Gas makes up more than half of Shell’s total production and is used by our customers to generate electricity, power industrial production, heat homes and fuel ships and trucks. We have around 26 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of equity LNG capacity on-stream today and we expect further substantial growth once Gorgon, Prelude and other projects are on stream. We pursue trading and arbitrage activities in the global LNG portfolio, thereby adding more value to the bottom line in this important growth business.

Rolls Royce

Associate Sponsor

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG (RRPS), a division of Rolls-Royce plc, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of large diesel and gas engines, complete drive systems and power generation equipment as well as complete power generation solutions. MTU South Africa (Pty) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of RRPS, which has been operating successfully in Sub-Saharan Africa for 15 (fifteen) years.

Under the MTU brand, Rolls-Royce Power Systems markets large high-speed engines and propulsion systems for marine, land, rail and defence vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. The product portfolio for distributed energy systems, marketed under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, includes diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load application. The MTU Onsite Energy  portfolio also includes gas engines for co-generation plants for the generation for combined heat and power.

Rolls-Royce manufactures medium-speed diesel and gas engines for marine and power generation applications.

The Rolls-Royce medium speed engines offer highly reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly power generation technology. Customers around the world trust us to provide reliable power for a wide range of applications, such as healthcare, data centers, airports, farms and independent power stations.


Associate Sponsor

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm. It was established over 100 years ago and has more than 600 practitioners. ENSafrica has a breadth and depth of expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP and benchmarks itself according to international standards whilst retaining a uniquely African focus. ENSafrica’s integrated oil and gas team advises clients across all aspects of the oil and gas industry throughout Africa and regularly represents operators, sponsors, governments and lenders in all aspects of the concession arrangements, project development and the financing of such projects. The firm’s key differentiator is that it operates as one firm across Africa. It has in-house English and French law capabilities, Portuguese-speaking lawyers, and a dedicated China practice group. The firm’s financial services centre of Mauritius also offers clients the ability to structure their investment in relation to all areas of law, tax, fiduciary, forensics and IP.



Sponsor - cocktail reception

Commercial Partnership opportunities with the South Africa: Gas Options

If your company offers products services and solutions to the African power sector and you are looking to generate awareness of these services, the Powering Africa: Series meetings offer your business bespoke sponsorship opportunities to raise your company’s profile, present your business as a thought leader within its field, and provide direct access to senior decision makers active in Africa’s power industry.  

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To discuss a tailor-made package for 2017 please contact:

Damon Thompson

Commercial Director

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South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA)

Association Partner
The South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) is dedicated to promoting the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas value chain, primarily in South Africa and regionally in Southern Africa.
The organisation operates as a partnership between the public and private sectors, receiving public funding to carry out a range of industry development activities and working to promote the interests of members. It is overseen by an independent volunteer Board of Directors from industry and a number of other key stakeholders.
South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA)

Association Partner

SAIPPA was formed as a non-profit association in 2009 to represent IPP’s in the power generation space in RSA due to the uncertainty of perceived imminent changes in the Electricity Supply Industry. SAIPPA was formed as a lobbying organisation to achieve fair competition for all power generators in RSA. www.saippa.org.za


LNG OneWorld

Media Partner
LNG OneWorld, a wholly owned subsidiary of Drewry Shipping Consultants, is an established brand within the LNG market place. LNG OneWorld for over a decade has been providing the industry professionals with rich and in-depth coverage on the LNG value chain helping them keep abreast of the trends in the industry. It provides latest news, editorials besides latest trade and shipping data. With strength of over 8,000 registered members across the world, LNG OneWorld contributes to help make better trading and investment decisions. LNG OneWorld’s subscriber base includes oil & gas majors, shipowners, shipyards, terminal operators, traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders. To be a part of the LNG family and actively participate in the live discussion forums on the latest LNG issues all are welcome to register on www.lngoneworld.com
LNG World News

Media Partner
LNG World News delivers expert coverage of the industry sectors that matter most to you and your business. This includes news and updates on plants, markets, terminals, pipelines, projects, vessels, equipment, research, companies, contractors and the authorities dominating these markets.
From breaking news, technological advances to exploration and production, LNG World News experienced and well-respected team of editors, columnists and correspondents will keep you well informed. Whether you are a employee, engineer, captain, manager, authority or executive, the place to find the latest developments in the LNG industry is on LNGWorldNews.com
The Oil & Gas Year (TOGY)

Media partner 
Since it was established in 2005, TOGY has developed from strength to strength to become a recognised actor in the global energy industry. By working hand in hand with established international names and newcomers, we are now a preferred corporate and institutional communications vehicle. Our unrivalled reach into the boardroom can provide your organisation with the essential data tools to enter fresh markets, find partners and keep you abreast of market developments. For more information visit http://www.theoilandgasyear.com/
World Oils

Media Partner
Worldoils is a company that combines the power of marketing as well as the in-house expertise for the Oil, Gas, Offshore and the Maritime industries. Worldoils' web portal www.worldoils.com has become a truly central platform for visitors who need information regarding oil and gas products and services, research, training, conferences, news and events as well as a popular advertising base for providers of Oil, Gas, Marine and Offshore services. Worldoils has also launched the jobs system and a marketplace. In the recent months, Worldoils has strengthened its position as a fast developing central place for buying and selling of land rigs, offshore rigs, barge rigs and other oilfield and subsea equipment.
Petroleum Africa

Media Partner
Petroleum Africa is the world's leading monthly magazine dedicated to providing in-depth upstream and downstream coverage of key issues affecting the fast-paced oil and gas industries of Africa, the last great exploration frontier. Its broad-based coverage and analysis of current activities provides you with the latest news, an African country focus, exclusive interviews, technology updates, company profiles, and essential political reviews from the world's top energy players. 
And for daily news from the continent www.petroleumafrica.com offers the latest information as it happens, along with an event calendar, country reports, industry links, and access to Petroleum Africa magazine articles.
Capital Markets in Africa

Capital Markets in Africa is the leading “one-stop” platform dedicated to Africa’s fastest-growing financial, capital markets and wealth management industry. Capital Markets In Africa aims to support local and International investors, senior decision makers, institutions, policy makers or individual investors interested in the Africa by providing a platform for timely news and Interviews, a daily Market Watch – a summary of Daily Trading on African Stock Markets, expert features and economic outlooks, as well as “key risks and opportunities” available on the African continent.
Over the last few years Africa has consistently been named as the next Frontier for Capital growth by Economists and Financial Analysts. Capital Markets in Africa recognises the enterprising spirit and the investment opportunities that come with this phenomenon and as such aspires to showcase Africa as an attractive investment destination giving our readers the latest news, views and guidance on how to gain access to and profit from investment opportunities the region. We also provide exclusive interviews and commentaries from movers and shakers (such as Chief Executive Officers, Economists, Central Bank Governors, Investment and Fund Managers, Corporate Leaders, Heads of Governing Bodies, Entrepreneurs and Innovators) on the African continent.
WANT access to African financial and capital markets as well as the Africa ever-increasing Growth Story or want to simply keep an eye on what’s trending in Africa’s Capital Markets! THINK Capital Markets in Africa. 
Africa Investor

Africa investor (Ai) is an Investment Banking oriented Advisory Firm, which also supplies a broad range of investment data, research, broadcast and published content to a growing number of international investors with interests in Africa.

Africa investor Group provides transaction advisory services, strategic research, investment indices and investment communication services, to support its clients investment programmes in Africa. Through its sister organization, Africa Investor Capital (Ai Capital), acts as a principal investor in strategic assets on the continent. 

Operating at the intersect of business, government, international organizations and the media, Africa investor group has a growing network of clients across Africa serviced from regional hub offices in Nairobi, Lagos  and Johannesburg, affiliate offices across the continent and a coordinating office in London. The group offers clients consistent quality of service across each of these territories and additional representation in Cairo, Brussels and Washington.


Africa.com is the leading Africa-related multi-media digital company serving Africa.  Through unique storytelling and creative news delivery, Africa.com produces engaging content focused on Africa. By leveraging its innovative resources, Africa.com is reaching Africa like no other company.
Construction Review

Construction Review, www.constructionreviewonline.com, is a leading African monthly construction journal for the construction industry.

For over 20-years the magazine has enjoyed the readership of architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, interior designers, developers, building specialists, contractors, landscape architects and contractors, real estate agents and investors, property managers, suppliers to the construction industry, government departments and ministries: local authorities, land surveyors, financial institutions, telecommunication companies etc.  The print edition is distributed in over ten Africa countries with the digital version sent monthly to over 200000 readers in our database.


Gas to Power Journal

Gas to Power Journal is a weekly publication and a daily news service for the gas and power industry. It provides analysis and insight on the downstream section of the gas value chain, focussing on gas-fired power generation.
The Journal covers technical innovations for gas-fired power plants and tracks commercial project development through the stages of planning, project finance, construction and gas supply to the plant. Trading and pricing trends on electricity and gas markets are highlighted.
The publication also sheds light on the regulatory and policy developments that impact on security of gas supply and that may prompt a shift in demand patterns. 
For more information visit: www.gastopowerjournal.com
Africa Energy Intelligence

Media partner
Africa Energy Intelligence offers exclusive news on major players in the oil, gas and electricity sector. Our journalists investigate since 1983 the main partnerships, political and economic strategies of state companies and governments, and financial operations. To know more about us, please visit Africa Energy Intelligence or contact us tel. +33 1 44 88 26 10 / https://www.africaintelligence.com/AEM/
Africa Energy Intelligence enquête sur les grands acteurs du pétrole, du gaz et de l’électricité en Afrique. Sa rédaction décrypte depuis 1983 les grandes alliances de ces secteurs, les politiques des sociétés nationales et des Etats, les opérations financières. Pour en savoir plus, visitez notre site ou contactez-nous +33 1 44 88 26 10 / https://www.africaintelligence.com/AEM/
Gulf Oil & Gas

Gulf Oil and Gas (GOG) is the gateway to the oil and gas markets in the eastern hemisphere. Gulf Oil and Gas attracts thousands of professional regular visitors each day. With 50% of our audience defining themselves as engineers and another 25% in managerial roles, we deliver a captive audience of professionals responsible for specifying projects and making purchasing decisions. GOG 3D Projects service tracks information for 4000+ projects across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. GOG career center is dedicated to assisting organizations in building their engineering and technical resources.
Menas Associates

Menas Associates is a London-based strategic risk consultancy firm which helps companies make critical decisions in difficult operating environments. 
Besides our consultancy services we also have 15 regular country specific publications which analyse the political, security and business environment for foreign investors. Our leading analysts also answer clients’ specific questions in hour long confidential telephone consultancy calls. All the Menas experts focus on individual countries and have strong “on the ground” knowledge and contacts so we provide in-depth quality analysis.  
African Energy

African Energy is a respected source of independent analysis on the continent’s energy industries, produced by Cross-border Information (CbI), a globally recognised business intelligence company with a long established research focus on the politics, energy and financial sector trends of Africa and the Middle East. Through continual monitoring of developments and an extensive network of local sources and on-the-ground experience, African Energy has established itself at the forefront of informed commentary and analysis on this most vital of sectors for the continent’s future. Clients come to us for incisive and informed analysis on the issues, events, people and organisations that affect their businesses and interests.


ESI Africa

ESI Africa is the global leader in disseminating African utility and power market news to more than 50 countries and growing. We provide over 50,000 professionals with renowned high quality and insightful editorial, equipping them with essential information to drive their own businesses.
By choosing ESI Africa as your medium for lead generation or market consolidation, you have the best route to market through our prized data. No one can equal the data that we have gathered over years of hard work and we provide six unique routes for you to access that data.
For advertising queries please contact Tarryn Bester on +27 21 700 3591.



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Supporting the objectives of the procurement programme, this meeting was opened only to the following categories of company:
  • Government representatives
  • International Oil Companies
  • Independents and commodity traders
  • EPC and O&M contractors
  • Power technology providers
  • PPP/IPP power developers for the gas to power generation programme
  • Multilateral, Sovereign Wealth, Private Equity, international and national investment institutions

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For programme or speaker enquiries please contact:

Veronica Bolton- Smith

Regional Director East & Southern Africa
T:+44 (0) 20 7384 8069


To find out how to attend as a delegate or for media enquiries please contact:

Alexandra Cianciara

Marketing Executive
T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7936


For commercial partnership opportunities please contact:

Damon Thompson
Commercial Director
T: +44 (0)20 7384 8071
M: +44 (0) 7500 220 913


View the interviews with the speakers for this year's South Africa Gas Options

Gonzalo Ramirez, Director, Development, Excerlerate Energy

1. What sector developments are you most excited about in the coming decade?
The addition of Natural Gas to the energy mix and further development of its demand in South Africa will bring great benefits to the region, not only because of its inherent environmental and economic attributes, but natural gas will provide the required fuel diversification that emerging economies need. In a power generation perspective, natural gas will provide the complementary base load capacity that renewable energy requires, and ultimately become a bridge to further growth in the renewable sector. If the right steps are taken in a timely manner, the next decade should bring the development of at least three FSRU Terminals in South Africa and two more in the neighbouring countries, and we should also see the start of LNG production from the Rovuma Basin in Mozambique. These new sources of natural gas should prompt a wave of infrastructure development in South Africa such as , gas-fired power generation, gas pipelines, a boom in industrial and commercial gas demand, the incursion of natural gas in domestic consumption, and many other natural gas applications that are not today present in this region of the world. In general, the natural gas sector will attract a great amount of investment and business opportunities in Southern Africa.
2. What do you think is the role of the infrastructure in the Gas to Power Programme?
Its role will be critical. Infrastructure development at all levels of the value chain will enable South Africa to receive LNG, regasify it, transport it and generate and distribute power to the market. Most importantly, the infrastructure put in place via the Gas to Power Programme will be the base for which the Gas & Power markets will grow in South Africa.
3. What topics are you most looking forward to discussing at this year’s South Africa Gas Options?
Of course, as an FSRU developer, I will be keen to explore the best way to develop successful FSRU projects taking into consideration the South African context. But also, I would want to bring to everybody’s attention what’s going on in the global LNG market, the timing of implementing an LNG import project has never been better and South Africa needs to jump on the LNG train while is still a buyer’s market.

Endorsing Partners -South Africa: Gas Options 2016



South Africa: Gas Options 2016 is officialy endorsed by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and Department of Energy, Republic of South Africa. View the details in the letters of edorsement.

NERSA letter of endorsement

Department of Energy, Republic of South Africa letter of endorsement


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If you have newsworthy information relating to the South Africa: Gas Options, its speakers, sponsors, media partners, or related topics as a whole, please email alexandra.cianciara@energynet.co.uk

Media may utilise the event and organizer logos for editorial reporting purposes only. Any additional usage is prohibited unless express written permission is granted.

Press Policy

The South Africa: Gas Options is not public. Press pass holders may be asked to leave at any time, for any reason, including violating the following protocol:

For admittance, media members are required to show press credentials. Members of the media without proper ID will not be admitted

  • Media members must identify themselves as media at all times. That includes, but is not limited to:
  • Wearing a press badge (easily visible)
  • During Q&A, first introducing yourself as (your name), reporting for X publication. Then asking your question
  • During interviews, formal or informal, with speakers or attendees
  • At the registration desk
  • Tape recording is forbidden, without prior speaker (or attendee) consent
  • Media members are not to pass information to conference-producing divisions of their companies.
  • We kindly ask that the South Africa: Gas Options be mentioned in any article containing information gathered at the annual SAGO event.

Electronic copies of published articles should be submitted to the South Africa: Gas Options within 30 days of the event or when article/story appears in print or online. Please send articles to Alexandra Cianciara- alexandra.cianciara@energynet.co.uk