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
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