East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC)

17 September – 18 September 2008

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 17 September 2008 

Opening session: 1.0.1
Chairman: Patrick Nyoike, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Kenya

09h00 – 09h15

Welcome and review: 10 years of EAPIC
Deon Louw, General Manager, EDI Holdings, South Africa

09h15 – 09h30

Keynote address: Millennium Development Goals for 2015: Kenya’s achievements and future plans
Honourable Kiraitu Murungi, Minister of Energy, Kenya

09h30 – 10h00

Executives plenary panel: Millennium Development Goals for 2015: Energy achievements and targets for the East African region
Moderator: Tony Wainaina, Chief Executive Officer, TransCentury, Kenya


  • Patrick Nyoike, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
  • Joseph Njoroge, Managing Director and CEO, KPLC, Kenya
  • Edward Njoroge, Managing Director and CEO, KenGen, Kenya
  • Kabiruddin Rahim Abdulla, Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Projects, TANESCO, Tanzania
  • Sandy Tickodri Togboa, Chairman, Uganda Electricity Generation Company, Uganda
  • Edward Kihara, Senior advisor, Eskom, South Africa
Session 1.1.1

Regulatory issues: Electricity reform in East Africa: the way ahead
Moderator: Kaburu Mwirichia, Director General: Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya

11h00 – 11h30

Reforms to enhance energy investment infrastructure
Ashington Ngigi, Managing Director, IT Power (Eastern Africa) Limited, Kenya

11h30 – 12h00

Feed-in tariffs in Kenya: challenges and opportunities
Frederick Nyang, Power Economist, Electricity Regulatory Commission, Kenya

12h00 – 12h30

Regional infrastructure development: challenges and opportunities
Kabiruddin Rahim Abdulla: Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Projects, TANESCO, Tanzania

Session 1.2.1

Projects and practice in East Africa
Chairman: Joseph Njoroge, Managing Director, KPLC, Kenya

14h00 – 14h30

The IPP experience in East Africa: Songas case study
Oswald Mutaitina, Corporate Finance and Business Development Manager, Songas, Tanzania

14h30 – 15h00

2011: Towards the Eastern African Power Pool
Julius Riungu, CEO, Tsavo Power Company, Kenya

15h00 – 15h30

Cyber security requirements for energy management
George Ngugi, Telecoms Engineer, KPLC; John Pilling, Vice President: Export Sales, ABB, Sweden

Session 1.3.1

Generation: Hydro in East Africa
Chairman: Charles Omujuni, Director: Natural Gas, EWURA

16h00 – 16h30

Gas utilisation for power generation
Salvator Ntomola, Managing Director, Artumas (AG & P Gas), Tanzania

16h30 – 17h00

The case of Nalubaale Power Station (Owen Falls Dam) in Uganda
Sandy Tickodri Togboa, Chairman, Uganda Electricity Generation Company, Uganda

17h00 – 17h30

Hydropower project management: Leading towards success
Semegnew Bekele, Project Coordinator Gilgel Gibe, Ethiopia

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 18 September 2008 

Session 2.1.1

Energy trading
Chairman: Simon Darlington, Area Sales Director, AREVA, Kenya

09h00 – 09h30

Financing cross-border transmission projects
Pancrace Niyimbona, Energy Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia

09h30 – 10h00

Power market development in the Nile Basin
Humphrey Ndwiga, Power Systems Operations Specialist, Nile Basin Initiative, Tanzania

10h00 – 10h30

Merchant power: Can the EAPP provide an adequate market?
Jasper Oduor, Executive Secretary, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia

Session 2.2.1

Sustainable energy and CDMs
Chairman: James Wahogo, Manager: Corporate Planning and Strategy, KENGEN

11h00 – 11h30

Driving sustainable energy development in Africa through CDMs
Jonathan Kornik, Principal, South Pole Carbon Asset Management, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Biofuels: Food security versus energy supply
Nicholas Mariita, Senior Geophysicist, Division of Geothermal Development, Kengen, Kenya

12h00 – 12h30

Supporting local small energy enterprise for a sustainable future
Mahesh V Gohil, Regional Manager: East Africa, Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP), Kenya

12h30 – 13h00

Energy Poverty Action – a rural electrification initiative in Lesotho
Jan-Inge Gidlund, Head: WEF-EPA Management Unit, Vattenfall Power Consultant, Sweden

Session 2.3.1

Revenue assurance
Chairman: Izael da Silva, Director: Makarere University, Uganda

Session 2.3.2

Utility management systems: case studies
Chairman: Deon Louw, General Manager, EDI Holdings, South Africa

14h15 – 14h45

Methodologies for loss reduction
Jose Luis Rincon Norena, Expert Consultant, Indra, Colombia

SMS utility payments: Electrogaz
Jeff Gasana, General Manager, SMS Media, Rwanda

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14h45 – 15h15

Third party vending models
Sumira Hussein, Outside Grid Sales Manager, National Electricity Corporation, Sudan

Emerging HR challenges at utility companies
Suresh Vishwakarma, Principal Engineer, Public Utilities Corporation, Seychelles

15h15 – 15h45

Reducing transmission and distribution losses
Marius Du Preez, CEO, Netgroup, South Africa

The use of GIS in electrification planning
S’lindile Mhlongo, GIS Specialist, Eskom, South Africa

16h15 – 17h15

Closing session: 2.0.1

Roles and responsibilities for East Africa’s power sector
Moderator: David Mwangi, Chief Manager: Planning, Research and Performance Monitoring, KPLC, Kenya

A panel of industry experts will share their experiences, challenges and successes with regard to investing in East Africa’s power sector. They will focus specifically on issues pertinent to the security of the region’s electricity supply:

  • Regional co-operation: The East African Power Pool and interconnection projects in the region
  • IPPs – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Unbundling – where to from here?
  • Project finance


  • Jasper Oduor, Executive Secretary, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia
  • Vincent Kasangaki, Board Member, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda
  • Alex Namgamu, Director: New Business Development, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Zambia
  • Yves Muyange, Commercial Director, Electrogaz, Rwanda
  • Kaburu Mwirichia, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya
  • James Gachui, Chairman, TransCentury

17h15 – 17h30

Closing remarks
Kaburu Mwirichia, Director General, Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya