Metals, Ferro-Alloys & Power Conference

Venue: The Cascades

Location: Sun City, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Nov 28, 2005 End Date/Time: Nov 30, 2005
Registration Date: Nov 25, 2005
Early Registration Date: Sep 30, 2005
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Description

Soaring oil prices and rising energy costs are putting renewed pressure on the metals industry and the quest for new project locations in regions where power is abundant and low cost has never been greater.

Metal Events Ltd is returning to South Africa to hold this new two-day event which will focus on power issues for the metals industry, including base metals & ferro alloys.

South Africa, with its ample supplies of low-cost power remains a key location for new energy-intensive metals operations. The country is also keen to attract new investment. The event will look at South Africa's energy-intensive metals operations as well as focusing on what energy providers are doing to attract investment to the country and what they are doing to bring new generating capacity on stream to meet future potential demand. The conference will also focus on developments in South Africa as well as elsewhere in the world where power is a key cost component of metals production.

This event will focus on today's power prices and what effect future trends could have on investment in meta projects, looking at not only base metals such as aluminium & zinc, but also ferro-alloys including manganese, silicon & chromium.

This conference is being held at the luxury Cascades Hotel, which is part of the Sun City leisure and hotel complex, which includes extensive facilities, including golf. The Nedbank Golf Challenge is being held at Sun City 1-4 December 2005.

Topics to be covered:
Is South Africa still globally competitive as a low-cost power supplier to the metals industry?
What is South Africa doing to attract new investment in mining and metals?
What is the outlook for new mining and metals project investment - are power prices a determining factor?
How can power costs be reduced - what is the outlook for prices?
How is technology reducing power consumption and cut costs?

Papers inlcude:
"The South African perspective on energy availability and new project opportunities – can South Africa remain a long-term supplier of low-cost power to the metals industry?" by Eskom, South Africa;
"New metals investment in South Africa - what Coega is doing to attract new projects", by Lionel Billings, Business Manager Metals Unit, Coega Development Corporation;
"New capacity – developing renewable power sources in Southern Africa", by Eskom, South Africa;
"Power prices and constraints to global manganese production — can China and India compete with South Africa", by Keith Saffy, Marketing Manager, BHP Billiton;
"Silicon production in South Africa - maintaining its competitive edge", by Jan Coetzee, Executive Manager-Marketing & Procurement, Invensil, South Africa;
"ABB’s South African projects: reducing power costs through new power plant technology", by Frederick Esterhuizen, Business Manager Metals & Cement, ABB South Africa;

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