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03 Jul 2024

ENGIE Leads the charge at Africa Energy Forum 2024

ENGIE, the world’s leading independent power producer with a five-decade-long presence in Africa, was one of the lead sponsors at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) 2024. This prestigious event, held in Barcelona from June 25-28, 2024, focused on “Energy Systems of the Future – Balancing Africa’s Needs with Global Goals.”

This year’s forum featured over 300 speakers and attracted more than 2,000 energy sector stakeholders from around the globe. The event included four days of interactive discussions on project developments, technological innovations, cross-sector opportunities, and collaborations. Attendees explored a large exhibition with over 150 companies showcasing cutting-edge solutions for reliable energy outcomes in Africa.

For the first time in its 26-year history, AEF hosted industry debates on critical sector issues, conducted breakfast briefings and think tanks, engaged in closed-door roundtables for private sector leaders, and featured a tech innovation theatre highlighting the latest sector technology innovations.

As a lead sponsor, ENGIE sent a full leadership team from South Africa, North Africa, the AMEA Regional Hub, and ENGIE Energy Access to attend this prestigious event. A key highlight for ENGIE was showcasing their integrated energy business solutions active on the African continent, which are integral to the energy mix. These solutions include renewable energy (solar and wind), battery energy storage, flexible generation, and off-grid solar solutions.

“In South Africa, for example, ENGIE has a large portfolio including solar, on-shore wind, and flexible generation assets, such as a green hydrogen plant. Our Avon and Dedisa power plants manage fluctuating power demands and prevent the complete collapse of the grid during peak times. These flexible generation assets are integral to electricity stability; when there is an unexpected surge in electricity demand, peaking plants provide supplemental power to the grid. Essentially, they are extensive and dependable reserves of energy,” said Jonathan Debasc, Managing Director of Flexible Generation for Africa at ENGIE.

Debasc also participated in a closed-door corporate leadership roundtable that discussed how stakeholders can increase the scale and pace of energy projects and investments. Topics included how decarbonisation policies can enhance private sector participation in energy-intensive industries and whether global climate goals are inhibiting Africa’s ability to invest in its future.

ENGIE also hosted a fireside chat on Wednesday, June 26, which explored learnings from a global energy portfolio. Specifically, the chat examined which technologies will best support Africa’s energy transition and how they will be deployed.

“At ENGIE, we are committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2045 and supporting our stakeholders to do the same. Events such as AEF 2024 are critical for key stakeholders around the globe to come together and discuss how to create a reliable and more sustainable energy landscape that safeguards the continent for years to come,” said Jonathan.

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