Finalists announced in West African Power Industry Awards

Seplat CEO Austin Avuru to address WAPIC next week

Some of the West African region’s most successful power professionals and innovative projects are finalists in the West African Power Industry Awards that will take place on Tuesday 24 November in Lagos. Oladele Amoda, the MD and CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution and Joseph Makoju, Honorary Advisor for the Dangote Group have both made the shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement Regional Award, while Akon Lighting Africa stands a chance to win two awards, being finalists in the Best Renewable Energy project and CSR Initiative of the Year categories.

The second edition of the coveted awards gala dinner will celebrate industry pioneers and companies in seven different categories and forms part of the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.

During the 12th edition of this long running, regional conference and expo, WAPIC will once again gather government, utilities, consultants and investors to discuss the challenges of local markets, capacity building and investment. The celebrated CEO of Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Mr Austin Avuru, will address the opening session of the event on 24 November in Lagos.

The full list of finalists in the West African Power Industry Awards 2015:
Lifetime Achievement - Regional Award, West Africa
- Abubakar Sani Sambo, Chairman, Nigerian Member Committee, World Energy Council, Nigeria
- Henry Paul Batchi Baldeh, Senior Vice President + Head of Power, Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria
- Joseph Makoju, Honorary Advisor, Dangote Group, Nigeria
- Kandeh Yumkella, CEO, SE4All initiative, Sierra Leone
- Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Ghana
- Oladele Amoda, Eko Electricity Distribution, Managing Director + CEO, Nigeria
- Reuben Okeke, Director General, NAPTIN, Nigeria

Power Transaction of the Year
- African Development Bank - OMVG Energy Project, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal
- Africa Finance Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, African Infrastructure Investment Managers, Cenpower Holdings and FMO - Kpone Independent Power Project, Ghana
- African Development Bank + European Investment Bank - Electricity Distribution Network, Guinea Bissau
- Diamond Bank, Geometric, Stanbic, AfriGem + Aba IPP, The Aba Integrated Power Project, Nigeria
- European Investment Bank, European Union + AFD, Sonabel Solar Project, Burkina Faso
- World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank + German Export Bank, Transco CLSG Interconnection Line, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia + Sierra Leone

Excellence in Power Generation
- Azito Energie SA, Ivory Coast
- Egbin Power PLC, Nigeria
- Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd, Nigeria
- Transcorp Ughelli Power Limited, Nigeria
- Volta River Authority, Ghana

Best Renewable Energy Project
- Akon Lighting Africa, Various
- Azuri Technologies + Oasis African Resources, Ghana
- Kaleta Hydroelectric Dam, Guinea
- Namene Energy International Limited, Togo/Ghana
- Otis Engineering, Nigeria
- Power up Gambia, Gambia

Best Off-Grid Electrification Project
- Arnergy Solar Limited, Nigeria
- Azuri Technologies + Oasis African Resources, Ghana
- Namene Energy International Limited , Togo + Ghana
- Oolu, Senegal
- PEG, Ghana
- Power Up Gambia, Gambia

CSR Initiative of the Year
- Akon Lighting Africa, Various
- Green Village Electricity project, Nigeria
- Power up Gambia, Gambia
- Skipper Nigeria Limited, Nigeria
- Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, Green Energy + Biofuels Bio-refinery project, Nigeria

Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution
- Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria
- Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, Nigeria
- DEXTRON Engineering Limited, Nigeria
- GRIDCo, Ghana
- Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Nigeria
- Nsquared Integrated Electric Company Ltd, Nigeria
- OTIS Engineering, Nigeria

Industry support
Once again, WAPIC is enjoying overwhelming support from the industry with the global networking and telecommunications giant, Huawei, returns as the exclusive diamond sponsor. Eko Electricity Distribution Company, MEMMCOL and Mojec International are platinum sponsors while Ecobank and Siemens are gold sponsors. Momas and Huawei are award sponsors while Accenture is the official verifiying of the award procedures.

The WAPIC expo floor will showcase the latest technologies and services for the industry while the free technical workshop programme will offer practical solutions, lessons learnt from case studies and problem-solving mechanisms to assist power companies and utilities in improving their efficiency and productivity.

The West African Power Industry Convention is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other flagship power events by Spintelligent are African Utility Week in Cape Town and EAPIC in Nairobi.

WAPIC dates and venue:
Clean Power Master Class: 23 November 2015
West African Power Industry Awards: 24 November 2015
Strategic Conference days: 24-25 November 2015
Expo: 24-25 November 2015
Site visits: 26 November 2015
Venue: Eko Hotel & Suits, Lagos, Nigeria

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