This is the first in a series of blogs exploring the needs and challenges of the mining industry. Revisit our blog to follow the series over the coming weeks.
Beginning on the 9th of February, Mining Indaba is a four day long event held in Cape Town, South Africa, which showcases some of the leading and most influential industry experts from around the world. The event has been called “where the world connects with African Mining”, which comes as no surprise, as over 7000 well-regarded professionals have attended the event during its prosperous lifetime. Keynote speakers this year include Tony Blair, Mark Bristow and Sylvie St-Jean.
Mining Indaba has 20 years of establishment behind it, and during this time has developed into an event that caters to every aspect of the mining industry; including technology, investment and development.
Supporting the African mining industry
Africa is seeing an unrivalled surge of interest within the mining sector, with expected demand in regions such as Namibia rising by 12.5% per annum by 2017.
After a year and a half of economic challenges within the industry, now is the ideal time to exchange ideas, explore new technologies and build enduring partnerships. This will be Bowman Power Group’s third visit to Mining Indaba; though for the first time we’ll be presenting an exhibition stand, partnering with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in the UK business pavilion.
This event marks the public launch of our project with South African technology partner, Powertech System Integrators; and is a typical example of the partnerships to be found in the world’s most rapidly growing mining region. Powertech focuses on providing advanced technologies for the creation, management, distribution, storage and use of electricity across a range of industries, including mining.
The collaboration between Bowman Power Group and Powertech will enable businesses across Africa to use Electric Turbo Compounding (ETC) technology to increase the fuel efficiency of power generating engines, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; which in turn contributes to cutting operational expenditure.
Regarding the partnership, Arno Bakker, General Manager for Industrial Plant Projects of Powertech, commented;
“Powertech was looking for ways to increase the value offered to mining clients and also to strengthen our position in sub-Sahara Africa on the energy solutions frontier. Bowman’s ETC technology proved to be the logical choice given the value it brings to clients with intensive diesel consumption, as is the case in most of the developing markets in African territories.”
Graham McDonald, Senior Sales Consultant for Bowman Power Group, remarked;
“Capitalising on the opportunity to create even more long-term connections, our presence at Mining Indaba confirms our deep-seated commitment to the African mining industry. Our collaboration with Powertech proves just how vibrant the African market is.”