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African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa appoints Omoboriowo board member

15 September 2015, Lagos – Organisers of the ‘African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa’ have identified Chairman/CEO of Genesis Energy Group, Akinwole Omoboriowo II as an industry expert in the energy and water sectors and appointed him as board member.

Energy Crisis Threatens the Western Power GridsBy this appointment, Omoboriowo II will team up with other utility professionals to provide their thoughts on shaping the direction for the African Power and Water infrastructure sectors in general.

According to the organizers, the nomination of Akinwole as one of the board members for the ‘African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa’ is great honour following his enviable track record and expertise he has gleaned over the years of guiding policies for utilities, providing and managing utilities for the promotion of energy efficiency across the globe.

The organisers noted that reports have shown that the status stable power and water command in the social and economic progress of any society is always significant, both are intricately connected.

“As is the case, industry pundits will always insist that all sources of energy; hydro, thermal, biomass and coal amongst others, require water in their production processes. Water will constantly come handy in the extraction of raw materials, thermal cooling and cleaning processes, cultivation of crops for biofuels and of course powering of turbines for power generation. In itself also, power is always required to make water resources available for all human use and consumption through pumping, transportation, treatment and distillation,” the statement said.

“Even for irrigation of crops fields for human food, water and power have remained two inseparable elements and Africa is fortunate to have Mother Nature endowed it with an abundance of these resources. In its decade long campaign for sustainable development in water and energy, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) alluded to the fact that in guaranteeing availability of energy as a pillar for social and economic progress of any society, water holds a discerning key, especially in the development of energy infrastructure,” the statement added.

According to the organisers, “UNDESA similarly stated that water remains a fundamental element throughout the lifecycle of every energy infrastructure and resource development, starting from extraction of raw materials, purification, washing and treatment of raw materials to coolants in nuclear or thermal power plants to being a fuel for hydropower plants”.

While indicating that about 90 per cent of global power generation is water-intense and that by 2035, the world is expected to see a rise in its power consumption by 50 per cent, the UNDESA noted that society’s insight on the conjoined management of water and energy resources has developed over time, adding that the relationship as defined today, stands to be as simple as the energy intensity in the water sector to water intensity in the energy sector.

Such simple analogy means that there always an amount of water needed directly or indirectly for exploration, extraction, generation and transmission of energy, and an amount of energy needed for extraction, transportation, distribution, collection, treatment and end use of water.

The realisation that an integrated development of the energy and water policies of Africa is of paramount importance to its nations, not in isolation from each other but in unity, to fashion accelerated growth policies for these sectors is part of the reasons experts such as Akinwole Omoboriowo II has been called upon to lend his expert thoughts, his first appearance, as an Advisory Board Member will be at 16th ‘African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa’ scheduled to hold in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2016.

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