Energize Call for papers for Cigré’s 2015 international symposium
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Call for papers for Cigré’s 2015 international symposium

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The Cigré International Symposium will be held at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town, from 26 – 30 October 2015. The theme of the symposium is “Development of electricity structures in sub-Saharan Africa”.

The symposium is aimed at transmission, distribution and generation owners, system operators, suppliers, designers, traders, regulators, research laboratories and universities. The symposium will take place over three days with a day of tutorials preceding the main event. It will include the classical sessions with presentations and discussions of reports that will be prepared in advance, but also one or two panel discussions on these topics. The opening ceremony will be the opportunity to invite one or two leaders to express their opinions on these important subjects.

The aim of the symposium, organised with the direct cooperation of African Power Utilities Association (APUA) or ASEA (Association des Sociétés d’Electricité d’Afrique, previously UPDEA), and AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardisation Commission) is to provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and future vision the development of the electrical systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Main topics

  • Large generation projects and associated transmission infrastructure (Cigré SC C1, IEC TC 8, TC115 and TC122)
  • Decentralised solutions for generation and network to deliver to isolated rural areas (Cigré SC C6, IEC TC82)
  • A number of institutional questions: the balance between public/private, the financing of projects, the help to customers at the initial stages, regulation of activities, fixing tariffs, progressively expanding the regional markets into a continental market (SC C5)
  • Current and future technical network solutions, standardisation. (Cigré SC B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, IEC TC120 and AFSEC TC82)
  • The development of the cooperation between the different operators of electric systems (Cigré SC C2, IEC and AFSEC TC 8)
  • The role of Cigré, IEC, APUA, African power pools, AFSEC and other international or regional organisations to help the development of electric systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The use of IEC international standards and conformity assessment systems for rural electrification
  • Harmonisation of African standards through adoption of international standards; or where necessary their adaptation to African conditions

Submission of synopses

Participants wishing to present papers are invited to submit their abstract in English (500 words) to sylvie.bourneuf@cigre.org at Cigré’s central office before 30 November 2014. Each abstract must indicate the topic(s) that will be addressed. The name, title, company affiliation, email and full address of the author(s) should also be provided.


The papers and abstracts must be written in English, and presentations must be in English


Technical committee

The technical committee will consist of relevant study and technical committees from Cigré and IEC. The role of this committee will be to review papers as well as to encourage authors and suggest possible tutorials at the symposium. Papers will be fully reviewed by experts in the relevant field.

Local organising committee

This committee will organise the event ensuring a successful symposium. Chaired by Vivendhra Naidoo of Cigré’s  study committee B2 and South African national committee. He will be assisted by Rob Stephen, chairman of the South African national committee, and P. Johnson, the executive secretary of AFSEC.

Publication of papers

The papers will be available for uploading from the Cigré website before the symposium for all registered participants. The papers will also be available for purchase on electronic format from the Cigré central office, after the symposium. A report on the symposium will be drafted after the symposium. It will be published in Electra and posted on the Cigré, IEC and AFSEC websites.


The general programme of the symposium will be issued in April 2015, with all the relevant information: technical programme, registrations, and accommodation. Further information on the symposium will then be available on www.cigre.org, www.iec.ch and www.afsec-africa.org


Authors are kindly requested to take note of the following deadlines:

  • Receipt of abstracts: 30 November 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2015
  • Receipt of full papers: 1 May 2015

Contact Rob Stephen, Eskom, Tel 031 204-5693, rob.stephen@eskom.co.za



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