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