Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

The chief executive officer of GE Gas Power, Scott Strazik has emphasized the need for countries in the sub- Saharan Africa to work together with the private sector in order to meet the growing demand energy.

He stated this in his keynote discussion at a summit tagged “Gas Power Summit for sub- Saharan Africa”, held in Cape Town, south Africa.

The forum had in attendance senior leaders from governments as well as key stakeholders and thought leaders from utilities and the private sector across the region that together, explored the power industry opportunities and challenges on the future of gas power in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scott, in his address said, “Bridging the energy gap in Sub-Saharan Africa will require continuous, sequential power improvements and the full involvements of governments, fuel suppliers, private capital and technology providers.”

“Gas is a natural dispatchable, flexible, affordable and fast power for people and industries – and with more than 120 years of experience in the region, GE is proud to continue to help lead these efforts,” he added.

One of the participants at the forum, Hendrik Malan, who is also the CEO for Frost & Sullivan Africa said, “Energy demand globally is driven primarily by socio economic development and sub Saharan Africa will need will need to be creative in how we manage energy deficit.”

“Adoption of natural gas is an excellent opportunity for the region to reduce carbon emissions and balance the energy mix.” he added.

GE has been collaborating with energy stakeholders to deploy initiative technologies tailored to respond to the needs in the region since the 1950s with reliable base load and flexible emergency power.

The company celebrated its 100th power plant in sub Saharan Africa in 2018.


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