Experts have long advocated that steps be taken to develop an interconnected East African grid system and to plan for an integrated regional system. The idea is that neighbouring states can share electricity in the region efficiently, reliably and affordably. The challenges, however, are in setting up an independent regulator and trade rules and finding the synergies between national and regional regulation policy.
REGIONAL POWER CONFERENCE TO BRING THE PLAYERS TOGETHER
The 11th East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), which is the strategic regional event for all stakeholders in the East African power industry, will address this pertinent issue. Taking place from 1113 August at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, EAPIC highlights new opportunities, provides attendees with the opportunity to renew and build relationships, and brings knowledge and solutions to the challenges facing sustainable development in the East African power sector.
Tanzania has reversed its fortunes, from being hydro-dependent and power-starved to planning a series of new gas-fired and hydro projects to widen the energy mix and potentially become a net exporter to the region.
Better rains and more drought-proof gas-to-power capacity has introduced optimism to Tanzania’s power situation. The government is looking to bring more gas into its energy mix. Tanzania is well placed to play an important strategic role in regional power infrastructure development plans like the Eastern African Power Pool and the Nile Basin Initiative (NELSAP), and to interconnect with the Southern African Power Pool via Zambia. And where in the past Tanzania might have been expected to be a net importer of power, there is a growing realisation that the country’s gas could make it a net exporter.
EAPIC is renowned for bringing the regional players in this key sector together. In the context of last October’s Tripartite Summit in Uganda where three African regional blocs undertook to create a bigger market and work jointly on infrastructure and energy projects, EAPIC co-located with the leading infrastructure investment event, iPAD East Africa, in a powerful forum for the region.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HON WILLIAM S. NGELEJA, MININSTER OF ENERGY AND MINERALS, TANZANIA
Highlights of the EAPIC agenda include an opening session chaired by the Secretary General of the East African Community, Hon Amb Juma Mwapachu; welcome remarks from the Secretary General of COMESA, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya; and a keynote address by the Tanzanian Minister of Energy and Minerals, Hon William Ngeleja.
DEDICATED SESSIONS ON GRID INTERCONNECTION PROJECTS AND REGULATION
High-level presentations looking at power interconnection projects from NELSAP, the East African Master Plan and the Regional Gas Pipeline, as well as the Kenya-Ethiopia and Kenya-Tanzania interconnection projects. This will enable discussion in the next session on regulation. Thereafter a panel of industry experts will explore regional regulatory cooperation and its impact on the national interest. Topics include legal and regulatory frameworks; integrated energy planning moving beyond the fortress mentality; tariff setting real-cost tariff setting; and PPAs a look at existing PPAs and how to avoid unfair subsidisation. Finally attendees can expect the full spectrum of dedicated sessions on the generation and financing of projects, transmission and distribution.
WHO WILL YOU MEET?
Participating utilities, regulators and companies include:
- TANESCO, Tanzania
- KPLC, Kenya
- Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd, Uganda
- Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd, Uganda
- Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA), Tanzania
- Electricity Regulatory Commission, Kenya
- Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda
- Eastern African Power Pool, Ethiopia
- Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe
- Nile Equatorial Lakes Action Subsidiary Plan
- European Investment Bank, Kenya
- OPIC, USA*
- Standard Bank, South Africa*
- Tsavo Power, Kenya
- Tancoal Energy, Tanzania
- Areva T&D, France
- Sergi, France
- Artumas, Tanzania
- Centre of Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Uganda
- Conlog, South Africa
- Ernst & Young, Tanzania
- El Sewedy Electrometer
… and more!
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