East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 16 October 2011: 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.
The meeting follows a Council of Ministers directive to the EAC Secretariat to convene the Sectoral Council to urgently devise ways of addressing the persistent power shortages and fast track the implementation of the projects and activities stipulated in the Regional Power Master Plan.
The meeting will also review progress made in the sector in implementing Council decisions and consider other issues of regional importance in the areas of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation and Efficiency, Fossil Fuels and Power sub-sectors.
The five-day meeting includes sessions of senior officials (technocrats), which will be followed by the Permanent Secretaries’ session before concluding with a ministerial session on Friday.
The Sectoral Council is expected to approve a $ 1.89 million budget for the 6th East African Petroleum Conference & Exhibition 2013 (EAPCE’13) and to adopt the Final Report for the Feasibility Study for a natural gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Tanga and Mombasa.
The EAC has identified the transfer of natural gas and oil products through pipelines as key to building energy security in the Community and the Dar es Salaam-Tanga-Mombasa natural gas pipeline project is one of the initiatives being promoted in order to link energy systems in the region.
EAC Energy Ministers are also expected to adopt the Inter-Government Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) and the Inter-Utility Memorandum of Understanding (IUMOU) for the establishment of the East African Community Power Pool (EACPP) at the Mombasa meeting.
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