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7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition set for March 2015

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:26 Written by Web Editor


The seventh East African Petroleum Conference & Exhibition 2015 (EAPCE’15) will be held 4 to 6 March 2015 at the Kigali Serena Hotel in Rwanda. The conference organized by the EAC is expected to attract more than 1000 participants.

Rwanda's President His Excellency Paul Kagame is expected to officially open the Conference and Exhibition, whose theme is East Africa Region - Proven Destination for Investment in Petroleum Resources for Regional Energy Efficiency and Lasting Socio-Economic Development.

The East African Petroleum Conferences have provided increasing awareness of the potential for petroleum development in the region and other important developments in the petroleum sector including technological advancements in exploration, development and production.

The Conferences bring together participants from international oil companies, oil industry service companies, government institutions, academic institutions, international geoscientific journals, non-oil and gas institutions and the media.

Delegates can expect high quality technical presentations, exhibitions from a wide spectrum of players from the petroleum sector and field excursions to the five EAC Partner States to witness first hand geological features of interest and world famous touristic sites.

At the exhibition to be held on the sidelines of the Conference the EAC Secretariat will educate the public on the recently signed EAC Monetary Union Protocol and other regional integration initiatives.

EAPCE’15 is taking place at the peak of EAC's transformation into a Common Market. This transformation is geared towards providing great opportunities for business and investment in all sectors as the single market provides for free movement of goods, capital and services within the region.

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EAC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Pipeline

Friday, 21 June 2013 18:41 Written by Web Editor


…One million euros committed for the centre

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 22 June 2013: The East African Community will soon have a centre for renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors Hon. Jesca Eriyo.

EAC and EU Sign 16 Million Euro Agreement for Power Project

Friday, 10 May 2013 17:01 Written by Web Editor


…as the two regional economic communities jointly celebrate EU Day in Arusha

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 10 May 2013: The East African Community and the European Union (EU) today at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania signed a Financing Agreement of 16 million euros for the construction of a power interconnector between Burundi and Rwanda.

All Set for 6th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 6-8 February

Thursday, 24 January 2013 18:00 Written by Web Editor


President Kikwete expected to grace the official opening

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 23 January 2013: The EAC Director for Productive Sectors Dr. Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro has confirmed that all is set for the 6th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition in Arusha, Tanzania, and that President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is expected to grace the official opening while President Ali Mohamed Shein of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar will close the event.

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EAC Sectoral Council on Energy to Meet in Mombasa

Monday, 17 October 2011 07:53 Written by Web Editor

Senior officials from EAC Partner States’ Ministries responsible for Energy are in Mombasa, Kenya for the 7th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Energy that takes place from 17 to 21 October 2011.

Tanzania and Uganda Sign Deal for Hydropower Project

Monday, 12 September 2011 14:34 Written by Web Editor

Tanzania and Uganda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the development and operation of the Kikagati-Murongo Hydropower Project.

EAC Ministers of Energy Meet in Arusha

Sunday, 19 June 2011 12:09 Written by Web Editor

Ministers of Energy from the EAC Partner States met Friday in Arusha, Tanzania to review progress made in the energy sector.

The 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Energy considered the report of the Permanent Secretaries responsible for Energy, which covered regional activities in the areas of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation and Efficiency, Fossil Fuels and Power sub-sectors.

The Chairperson of the meeting and Burundi’s Minister for Energy and Mines, Hon. Moise Bucumi, applauded progress made in the sector noting that energy was a key driver in the development of the economies of the Partner States. 

The Deputy Secretary General (Productive and Social Sectors), Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, reported that work on the Regional Power Master Plan was complete and the Master Plan will play a pivotal role in harnessing electricity generation resources from the region taking advantage of interconnection opportunities to enable the EAC access electricity from neighboring regions at competitive rates.

He said the Standing Committee on implementation of the Master Plan will now develop an implementation action plan and review progress from time to time.

“We are committed to adopting a holistic and comprehensive approach in addressing the energy sector issues facing the region as directed by the Summit and in this connection, I am pleased to report that the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the African Development Bank has developed a concept paper for Integrated Energy Market Development through an Integrated Energy Resources and Energy Markets Strategy,” Mr. Nsengiyumva disclosed.

The Strategy has five components namely: Subsector Master Plans; Regional Energy Policy; Legal and Regulatory Framework; Regional Investment Code; and Priority list of projects from the sub-sector master plans from all Partner States

“The estimated cost for the Strategy is US$3.2 million and we have approached the AfDB to help us mobilize funding to implement it.  We are also engaging with other development partners to co-finance the Strategy,” the Deputy Secretary General added.

In regard to the development of trans-boundary resources and cross-border electrification, the Deputy Secretary General reported that the EAC Secretariat had continued to support the Joint Technical Committee for Kikagati/Murongo hydropower project in addressing the issues surrounding the implementation of the important project and a way forward had been found. 

The meeting also noted that the development of Cross-Border Electrification Policy was ongoing.  The policy will address the issue of development of trans-boundary resources as well as extension of electricity supply to border towns from neighboring EAC Partner States.

Mr. Nsengiyumva disclosed that the feasibility study for a natural gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Tanga and Mombasa was complete and a similar study for extension of the oil products pipeline from Kigali to Bujumbura was set to start after the EAC Secretariat secures funding from the African Development Bank.

“There is need, therefore, to hasten the commencement of the study for the Kampala-Kigali section which we understand was delayed to await conclusion of the feasibility study on refinery development in Uganda” noted Mr. Nsengiyumva.

The meeting learnt that the study on refinery development was completed and Energy Permanent Secretaries had recommended that the study be done together with the Kigali-Bujumbura Study. It was also recommended that the EAC Secretariat sources funding for both studies from AfDB.

The meeting was attended by Hon. Moise Bucumi, Burundi’s Minister for Energy and Mines; Hon. Adam Kighoma Ali Malima, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals; Hon. Magerer J.K. Langat, Kenya’s Assistant Minister of Energy; Hon. Irene Muloni, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development; Hon. Eng. Coletha U.Ruhamya, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Energy and Water.

In attendance also were Hon. Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister, Office of the Prime Minister/Regional Administration and Local Government; the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva; and the EAC Director for Productive Sectors, Dr. Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro.


PRESS RELEASE - East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 17 June 2011

For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: 255-784-835021; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania

Stakeholders Meet to Review Study on EAC Pipeline Project

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:57 Written by Web Editor

Project to enhance energy security in the region, $600,000 for Kigali-Bujumbura pipeline

A one-day final stakeholders’ workshop on the feasibility study for the Dar es Salaam-Tanga-Mombasa Natural Gas Pipeline Project opened today in Mombasa, Kenya.

The workshop organized by the EAC Secretariat and convened at the Sarova Whitesands hotel has brought together key regional stakeholders to consider findings of the feasibility study on the pipeline project that is expected to significantly contribute to diversifying energy sources within the region, thereby enhancing security of energy supply.

“Diversification will mitigate the challenges that arise from reliance on a limited type of energy sources,” Mr. Patrick Nyoike, the Permanent Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Energy noted while officially opening the workshop.

“It is expected the project will contribute to the reduction of energy costs and shield power generation from variability of weather and international crude oil prices,” said the PS.

Mr. Nyoike added that when fully implemented, the project will enable the realisation of natural gas fired power generation and support cement manufacture in Tanga, as well as supply power for tourism and industrial activities in both Tanzania and Kenya.

The project is one of various initiatives championed by the EAC that aim to link energy systems in the region. Transfer of natural gas and oil products through pipelines has been identified as key to building energy security in the Community and during the same meeting, the Permanent Secretary revealed that the EAC had obtained a grant of close to US$600,000 from the African Development Bank to undertake a study for an oil product pipeline between Kigali and Bujumbura.

“The plan is to link Kigali by a pipeline from Kampala, which will allow petroleum products to be accessed from the planned refinery in Uganda, as well as the existing refinery in Mombasa and international markets,” Mr. Nyoike stated.

The Chairperson of the Steering Committee on the feasibility study, Ms Jeanne Marie Makariza, who is also an advisor to the Burundi Ministry of EAC Affairs, said the workshop was an important milestone in the study as it brought together key stakeholders whose inputs are instrumental in shaping the implementation of the project, while the Director for Productive Sectors at the EAC Dr. Nyamajeje Weggoro said the high-level representation of all the Partner States at the workshop was a clear demonstration of the importance and interest they associated with the project.

Notes to Editors

The feasibility study for the Dar es Salaam – Tanga – Mombasa Natural Gas Pipeline study commenced in July 2010 and was carried out by a Danish consulting firm; COWI A/S in association with COWI Tanzania and Runji and Partners Consulting Engineers Ltd of Kenya.

This study commenced with the objective to examine the overall feasibility of the project by addressing four major aspects which include:

i) Technical feasibility and conceptual design;
ii) Route determination;
iii) Economic and financial evaluation; and
iv) Environmental and social impact assessment and mitigation measures.

The African Development Bank is supporting the EAC by financing the study through a grant of US$561,700 under the New Partnership for African Development - Infrastructure Project Preparatory Facility (NEPAD-IPPF).

The EAC Treaty provides for the joint exploration and development of the resources found in the region for the economic development of the Community in order to improve the quality of life for the people of East Africa.

It is in this context that various initiatives are being undertaken under the auspices of the EAC to implement projects and programmes aimed at increasing access to high quality, reliable and cost effective energy services throughout the region.

One such initiative is the EAC Power Master Plan meant to tackle the energy constraint to business operations and households in a more holistic manner. One of the strategies being employed in the Plan is the diversification of energy sources and supply.

In terms of diversification Partner States are looking into the optional use of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Likewise the inter-connectivity of the national Grids of EAC Partner States and the Southern Africa Power Pool is being implemented.


PRESS RELEASE - East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 10 May 2011

For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: 255-784-835021; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.