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East Africa power industry forges ahead at elite industry gathering

EAPIC 2009 will bring the brightest minds and most experienced policy-makers to the table to provide a vision for the energy sector for East Africa.  Balancing national interests with the goals of regional integration as well as developing the region’s natural resources, clean energy generation remains a core talking point when dealing with the East African power market.

The eleventh edition of EAPIC (East African Power Industry Covention) will take place from 11-13 August 2009 at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and is co-located with the first Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) East Africa.

Bankable projects in East African power industry

The executive secretary of the East African Power Pool, Jasper Oduor of Ethiopia, says there is potential for investment in power generation, power transmission, power distribution, power quality, power equipment, power engineering and power consultancy. According to him “the public-private partnership approach to project development and implementation is one viable option in attracting financing”.  

The Eastern Africa Power Pool is in the process of developing a regional power master plan that will ensure least cost power planting.  Says Oduor:  “We are also developing a regional grid code and market rules in preparation for power trade by the year 2012/3.  The coordination of power generation planning and power transmission line interconnections will facilitate a climate for bankable projects because of the economic size of the projects and the reduction of investment risks for multi-country projects.”

Eapic is a long-standing African power event and has been an elite gathering of industry stakeholders for 11 years now.  Apart from the conference there is an exhibition in which regional and international companies will showcase their achievements at a two-day exhibition that is open to the public.

Eapic 2009 will feature over 50 high-level speakers including:

  • Honourable William Ngeleja, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
  • Honourable Simon D’Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy, Ministry of Energy, Uganda
  • Dr Idris Rashidi, Managing Director, TANESCO, Tanzania
  • Eng. Joseph K. Nojorge, Managing Director & CEO, Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd (KPLC), Kenya
  • Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, Chairman, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd, Uganda
  • Eng. Julius Riungu, Managing Director, Tsavo Power, Kenya
  • Musara Beta, Chief Market Analyst, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe

Think tank: The future of energy in East Africa – where to from here?

The Closing session at EAPIC this year will bring energy stakeholders to the table to discuss critical questions:

  • Regional gas to power: can it be done?
  • Offshore oil: is there any?
  • Is renewable energy a viable solution for East Africa?

For more information on the event and to download the programme go to the event website:  www.ipad-africa.com/eapic and www.ipad-africa.com/east

For more information please contact:
Conference producer:  Nicole Smith
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Email: nicole.smith@spintelligent.com

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Business Development Manager:  Zelda Weitz  
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Event location:
Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski
Kivukoni Street, Dar es Salaam
United Republic of Tanzania