Energy

GMT is one of Africa’s leading provider of Trade, Business and Economic Marketing Training Programs. Our public courses in the Energy and Power Industry performance improvement are jointly designed by Marketing and Energy specialists for Energy Professionals/Managers.

This course is created to help you succeed in today's competitive markets. Our Participants rely on us to deliver the Intensive Coaching, Tuition, Practical Case-Studies, Educational Tours and expertise they need to achieve results.

FINANCING POWER PROJECTS

COURSE OVERVIEW

Understanding the fundamentals of project finance is a vital tool to operate in the power sector. Market drivers such as conducive legislative and economic conditions are encouraging investment in new power projects and the public and private sectors alike seek to increase generation capacity and supply the ever increasing demand for electricity. This course has been designed to allow you to confidently navigate these opportunities effectively, while making sound investment decisions and ensure maximum return.

Our esteemed project finance facilitator, Malcolm Sullivan, will provide the knowledge and principles you need to make sound investment decisions. This holistic and comprehensive course looks at the fundamental principles of project finance from the perspective of all stakeholders and accounts for a rapidly changing risk landscape, through heightened risk mitigation models. You will be equipped to source and evaluate finance options as well as review and sensitise a finance model within the context of a real life case study.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Evaluate the various debt financing options for a project, both on a finance basis as well as other corporate debt financing options
  • Understand the motivations of key stakeholders in projects and implications for the financing approach
  • Assess risk and return issues for both debt providers and equity investors in the project in order to develop an appropriate capital structure
  • Review and sensitise a financial model in the context of a power project
  • Build your knowledge of practical application through case studies and exercises from real life Power projects
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Commercial managers
  • Project managers and engineers
  • Corporate treasury
  • Contractors
  • Lawyers and other professional advisors
  • Investment managers investing in project backed bonds
BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

COURSE OVERVIEW

The African continent has massive potential to use renewable energy sources. With most of its potential still untapped, power companies and investors have unique opportunities in these markets. The growing interest is being fuelled by political directives to meet environmental and sustainability targets. The internal rates of return (IRR) can also match and exceed traditional investments made by private equity.

The continent could become a gold mine for renewable energy due to abundant solar and wind resources. But roadblocks to clean energy worldwide are amplified throughout the troubled regions of Africa - financial resources are thin and infrastructure is often unreliable.

It is for this reason that we produced an event to address these challenges head on. Our Business Strategies for Renewable Energy training workshop will attract high performers from key utilities across East, West and Southern Africa, offering the ideal context to train, develop and benchmark with leaders in the industry.

We aim to facilitate growth in the sector through these premium learning opportunities and we look forward to ushering you into an era of sustained growth and heightened performance.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Ensure the economic viability of renewable energy projects in different regions by developing tailor-made market entry strategies
  • Exploit current and future opportunities in the green energy sector by reviewing the specific costs and benefits of different energy sources
  • Explore project considerations to minimise investment risks and manage their financial implications
  • Review the investment profiles, risks and financial implications of the most recent renewable energy projects in Africa
  • Understand the considerations, options for action and behaviour of key participants to explore the landscape of supply and demand of renewable energies
  • Analyse the potential and realities current energy policies and market incentives to define your role, opportunities and challenges
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Power industry professionals who are seeking to gain a strategic overview of the concepts and methodologies, alongside practical tips for improving their investment planning in renewable energy projects

ENERGY PLANNING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

This intensive program has been specifically developed to address the modelling issues that are specific to developing a project in the Power sector. It will enable you to create, use and analyse a project finance model. These skills can be used to support credit approvals and reviews by lenders and to support organisations which run or sponsor projects. This will be done by reviewing best practice in model structures and logic, developing a fully-integrated model in stages, and using tools to assess the model outputs, particularly in sensitivity analysis.

Unique Power Case Study: The continuous learning in this program is built around a unique case study based on the development of a financial model for a power generation greenfield site. Each section will be covered briefly as a module in a traditional class style, but the real learning experience will be found in the practical exercises within each module. Suggested solutions to each exercise based on

real-life scenarios will be provided and discussed. The course is very practical, as practice of newly-learned techniques enables a deeper and more effective building of skills

.PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Examine structuring and best practice in financial modelling in the power sector
  • Learn how to build models to accommodate change
  • Evaluate funding structures and cash flow waterfalls that fit your commercial model
  • Develop an integrated modelling approach with balance sheets and P&L statements
  • Analyse using the outputs of the model – ratios, sensitivity analysis, scenarios to make effective decisions
  • Access the skills to use the model to assess and manage your risks effectively
  • Apply knowledge in interactive case studies and group exercises that illustrate the learning under the expert guidance of the trainee
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course is designed to support analysts within an organisation’s Finance, Investment or Treasury divisions to create and analyse financial models on a consistent and focussed basis:

  • Project finance analysts
  • Capital spend analysts and controllers
  • Financial analysts in power sector companies
  • Analysts working for national regulators in the power sector
  • Bidders for New Generation Capacity projects for the Department of Energy

• Managers responsible for budgeting and forecasting in the power sector

POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS

COURSE OVERVIEW

The global trend of the electricity sector moving from government controlled monopoly services to liberalized market places creates a highly complex regulatory scene, where all technical, operational, regulatory, market interfacing and commercial requirements for long-term basis should be captured in the Power Purchase Agreement. There are different models for power purchase agreements. The earlier models are evolving to cover diverging generation types and the increasing technical complexity required to operate and dispatch generation capacity of renewable and dispersed micro generation. Power Purchase

Agreements can be done in many ways, subject to the priority of the requirements. This course has been specifically developed to guide you through the process of negotiating and drafting these complex agreements. It will highlight different structures, content and financing. Review the key challenges faced in the context of current agreements, provide you with robust understanding the commercial, financial and legal considerations.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

Understand the complexity of power purchase agreements to assess the impact for your business

  • Evaluate your current power purchase agreements and position yourself to influence the stakeholders involved
  • Broaden your knowledge of power purchase agreements on a global scale to evaluate opportunities
  • Review the maturity of the agreement steps to map out progress
  • Identify available enablers for robust power purchase agreements to support your development
  • Grasp the complex aspects of these agreements to manage your risk
  • Review to what extent the power purchase agreements will be beneficial for various market conditions
  • Boost your practical knowledge through actual case studies taken from real-life scenarios

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Network operators,  Governments and regulators,  Renewable power suppliers,  Large power users,  Independent power producers

INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY REGULATION

COURSE OVERVIEW

Economic, legal, technical and financial skills are central to the administrative and economic regulation of the public utilities. Professional development in energy regulation requires a working knowledge of regulatory economics, an understanding of policy impacts and the ability to navigate national policy processes, and effective agency management of the legal and organizational processes necessary for adequate “due-process” protection in regulatory activities.

GMT realized the importance of training in order to promote better regulatory practices in member countries as well as across the region as specific regional markets develop

DESIGN OF THE COURSE:

Instructors of the course are predominantly practicing and past energy regulators with significant and noteworthy energy regulatory experience and expertise. The course is designed to assure the utmost transfer of practices and information from experienced regulators to course participants.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

This two week training course will be organised into thematic modules focusing on the hottest

issues of energy sector regulation. The training program combines “classic” regulation under the

traditional vertically integrated industry structure with up-to-date issues of regulation in

developing a competitive industry environment. The prime objective of the course is to provide

basic technical, economic and legal regulatory skills that are needed to design and manage

successful regulatory systems for the energy industry.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course is available to practising energy regulators, non-regulators regulated utility companies.

ENERGY PLANNING

COURSE OVERVIEW

GMT is one of Africa’s leading provider of Trade, Business and Economic Marketing Training Programs. Our

public courses in the Energy and Power Industry performance improvement are jointly designed by

Marketing and Energy specialists for Energy Professionals/Managers.

This course is created to help you succeed in today's competitive markets. Our Participants rely on us to deliver the Intensive Coaching, Tuition, Practical Case-Studies, Educational Tours and expertise they need to achieve results.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Marketing Principles and International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship Principles and Practice
  • Trade Agreement and Policies in the Energy Industry
  • Developing EXIM (Export and Import) Strategies
  • The Impact of Globalization in Africa Energy Market
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Communication and Network Analysis
  • Public, Media and Community Relations
  • Risk and Crisis Assessment/Management
  • Disaster Preparedness and Readiness
  • Change and Quality Management
  • Sustainable and Economic Development
  • E-Commerce and e-Government in the Energy Sector
  • Project and Research Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Energy and Power Policy Development
  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy Management
  • A Critical Examination of Solar Energy, Geothermal, Bio-Fuel, Wind, and Nuclear Energy
  • A Critical view of Bio-Mass, Hydro and Low Emission Fossil Fuel.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Energy & Power Technicians/Engineers/Managers
  • Marketing and Finance Managers/Supervisors/Directors
  • Economics and Development Officers/Managers/Directors
  • Trade and Industry Officers/Managers/Directors
MONITORING & EVALUATION FOR RURAL ENERGY PROGRAM

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Outcomes-based Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation short course will provide you with a practical and theoretical framework for understanding and implementing the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) process of rural energy project environment. While it may be biased towards developmental work, it nevertheless provides knowledge especially suited to the aim and M&E programmes, projects and performance in a bid to generate desired results for your organisation.

The rural Energy Project aims to expend rural access to electricity in communities through grid extension, economically justified to improve, enhance income – earning capacity and help alleviate poverty.

To define and establish institutional mechanisms and strategy for rural electrification and promote the application of renewable energy sources in areas inaccessible to the national grids and to supplement grid power supply.

.PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • After successfully completing the course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the concepts of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Appraise and determine best-fit monitoring methods;
  • Appreciate evaluation in the context of developmental work;
  • Understand the framework of analytical categories of evaluation;
  • Undertake a problem analysis;
  • Determine relevant indicators and data necessary for evaluation;
  • Prepare for and implement a monitoring and evaluation process;
  • Establish baselines and targets;
  • Develop a results measurement matrix; and
  • Develop a data-indicators grid.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • The course is designed for professional and senior officials involved in energy planning, improvement, production and distribution either in governmental institutes, electric companies and electric companies from the private sector