New hydro projects in Uganda and Ethiopia are set to ameliorate the longstanding energy crisis in the East African region considerably. The East African Power Industry Convention 2007 will announce a number of new projects within the East African region and will highlight energy trading as the future solution for the power deficit, supporting economic growth within countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
The new Bujagali Hydropower is finally underway and will be considered the largest power plant in Sub Saharan Africa. The project is a Public Private Partnership between with Ugandan government and Aga Khan Development Fund, and is set to reduce Uganda’s 150MW power deficit supplying other East African countries.
These hydro power plans and developments, will be discussed in detail at this years annual East African Power Industry Convention 2007 (EAPIC) which is to be held in Addis Ababa from 18-20 September 2007.
This will be the ninth annual EAPIC and the event has become known as the meeting forum for utilities in East Africa and is an important convention for fist-hand updates, annual planning and networking for the power sector in East Africa.
This year’s convention highlights issues such as generation technologies, energy trading, transmission development and maintenance, reform and restructuring.
Some of the speakers include:
Keynote address: Overview of 5 year power plan for Ethiopia
Honourable Minister Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Mines and Energy, Ethiopia
The past, present and the future – overview of EEPCO
Miheret Debebe, Managing Director, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation(EEPCO), Ethiopia
Electric power regulation in Ethiopia
Melis Teka, Head of Energy & Regulation, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ethiopia
Enhancing public private partnerships (PPP) in electrical power infrastructure development in eastern Africa
Callixte Kambanda, Executive Secretariat, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia
Generation capacity in Kenya
Edward Njroge, Chief Executive Officer, KENGEN, Kenya
Training needs of electric utility personnel in ongoing deregulated environments
Suresh Vishwakarma, Principal Engineer, Public Utilities Corporation (Electricity Division), Seychelles
These experts will provide meaningful insights into real solutions to energy trading in East Africa and possibly open more channels of energy trading. There are many new technologies and services within the power sector on display.
If you are involved in these sectors, do not miss the largest regional conference and exhibition in East Africa.