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EAC starts work on Regional Power Master Plan and Grid Code

Sunday, 11 October 2009 11:28 Written by Web Editor

The East African Community (EAC) working with the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) 5 October 2009 began development of a Regional Power Master Plan and Grid Code.  The Study is funded by the African Development Bank and the consultants are SNC Lavalin from Canada and Parsons Brinkerhoff from the United Kingdom.

The study will develop a Regional Power Master Plan and Grid Code covering ten countries from the EAC and EAPP namely; Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. 

The study objectives include:
i) To prepare a load forecast for the region for the next 25 years;
ii) To define the least-cost power development program for generation and transmission systems to meet projected demand for the next 25 years;
iii) To prepare Power Master Plan and Grid Code Report for the region covered by the ten countries; and
iv) To prepare an updated EAC Power Master Plan for the five EAC Partner States.

The project scope also covers training for EAC Secretariat and Partner States’ staff responsible for Power System Planning and technical support including planning software and equipment for the two organisations.

The study will take 15 months to complete.   The Regional Power Master Plan will form the basis for future expansion of the power system while the Grid Code will govern technical design and operation of interconnections for power exchange in the region.

Proposals for Feasibility Study for Dar-Tanga-Mombasa pipeline opened

Friday, 02 October 2009 17:33 Written by Web Editor

Proposals to carry out a Feasibility Study for a natural gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Tanga (Tanzania) and Mombasa (Kenya) were opened on 28 September 2009 at 1600hrs following the expiry of the submission period.  Four out of the six shortlisted firms submitted proposals as follows:

1. Cowi A/S (Denmark) in association with Cowi Tanzania and Runji and Partners (Kenya)
2. Penspen(UK) in association with Royal Haskoning (Netherlands) and IPA(USA)
3. JP Kenny (UK)
4. Ramboll Danmark A/S (Denmark) in association with Global CSR(Denmark) and CEEST Foundation(Tanzania)

EOI for Dar-Tanga-Mombasa pipeline: AfDB grants 'No Objection'

Tuesday, 01 September 2009 14:39 Written by Web Editor

On 26 August 2009 the African Development Bank granted EAC ‘No Objection’ to the evaluation of the Expression of Interest for the Feasibility Study for Dar es Salaam – Tanga – Mombasa Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Subsequently, Request For Proposal documents were issued to six shortlisted firms.

EOI for Dar-Tanga-Mombasa pipeline: Evaluation concluded

Saturday, 15 August 2009 13:35 Written by Web Editor

Evaluation of the EOIs for the Dar es Salaam – Tanga – Mombasa natural gas pipeline took place from 10th and was concluded 14th August 2009. 

Evaluation was carried out by a technical team comprising members of the Study Steering Committee, which is made up of experts from all the EAC Partner States and the EAC Secretariat. Shortlisted firms will be issued with Request For Proposal (RFP) documents to prepare proposals for carrying out the study.  At every stage ‘No Objection’ will be sought from the African Development Bank, which is financing the study.

See refined list of firms following evaluation exercise:


Lead Firm






i)          COWI Tanzania

ii)         Runji and Partners (Kenya)


Ramboll Danmark A/S


i)          Global CSR (Denmark)

ii)         CEEST Foundation (Tanzania)


Poyry  Infra


i)          Environmental Benchmark (Tanzania)

ii)         Heymo Ingenieria (South Africa)


Egis Becom International


i)          Gibb Africa Ltd (Kenya) Techno Consult Engineering

ii)         Construction (Italy)



South Africa

i)         EPCM Consultants

ii)        Energy Services Company (Egypt)


Sweco International




ILF Consulting Engineers


i)          J Burrow South Africa Pty Ltd

ii)         Otieno Odongo Consulting Engineers (Kenya)


Willbros Engineers Ltd


i)          Natural Resources Group, LLC of Minneapolis (USA)

ii)         Serefaco Consultants Ltd (Uganda)


Energy and Power




Universal Pegasus






i)          Renco (Italy)

ii)         Renco (Tanzania)


WSP SA Civil and Structural Engineers (Pty) Limited

South Africa

i)          WSP East Africa

ii)         WSP Environmental (Pty) Ltd

iii)        Multiconsult

iv)        Quantm


SNC-Lavalin International


i)          Inter Consult Ltd (Tanzania)

ii)         CAS Consultants Ltd (Kenya)


Det Norske Veritas Ltd




Royal Haskoning


i)          Penspen (UK)

ii)         IPA (USA)


Mercados Energeticos


i)          Arcan Engineering (USA)

ii)         Centre for Energy, Environment Engineering (Zambia)


Canadian Gas Services International




Channoil Consulting


i)          JP Kenny (UK)

ii)         PWC (Kenya)


Engineering and Projects Company

South Africa



RSV ENCO Consulting (Pty) Ltd

South Africa

i)          Mining Pressure Systems(Pty) Ltd

ii)         Turner & Townsend (Pty) Ltd

iii)        Groundwater Consulting Services(Pty) Ltd


Arup Pty

South Africa

AH Consulting (Uganda)


JP Kenny




Optec Energy Services


HDS (Canada)


AECOM Tecsult


i)          JP Kenny (UK)

ii)         Ambicon (Tanzania)


Sudanese Petroleum Pipelines Company






i)      Hydroprojecto

ii)     Geos Democritus(South Africa)

iii)    Howard Humphrey (EA) Ltd.


Matt MacDonald




Challenge Energy Limited


Logistics Consulting Group Ltd (Tanzania)


KW Limited




Econ Poyry


i)          Poyry Energy AS (Norway)

ii)         Heymo Ingenieria SA (Spain)


Fugro Airborne Surveys Corp.



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Update on EOI for Dar-Tanga-Mombasa pipeline project

Friday, 07 August 2009 16:08 Written by Web Editor

Request for Expression of Interest for the Dar es Salaam – Tanga – Mombasa natural gas pipeline were opened on 4th August 2009 at 1600hrs.  The opening was officiated by the EAC Procurement Committee. The following firms submitted Expression of Interest.  Evaluation of the EOI will take place from 10th to 14th August 2009 at the EAC Secretariat.

Evaluation will be carried out by a technical team comprising members of the Study Steering Committee, which is made up of experts from all the EAC Partner States and the EAC Secretariat.  After evaluation a short list of six firms will be issued with Request For Proposal (RFP) documents to prepare proposals for carrying out the study.  At every stage ‘No Objection’ will be sought from the African Development Bank, which is financing the study.

1. Runji and Partners Consulting Engineers
2. RAmboll in Association with Global CSR sustainable business Consulting
3. Poyry Infra Limited
4. Egisbceom International
5. Aurecon Centre
6. Sweco International AB
7. ILF Consulting Engineers
8. Wilbros Engineereing Limited EPC
9. Energy  and Power Limited
10. Pegasus International(UK) Limited
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12. WSP SA Civil and Structured Engineers (Pty) Limited
13. SNC- Lavalin International
14. Det Norske VEritas Limited(London)
15. Royal HAskoning
16. Mercados Energeticos Consultores
17. Canadian Gas servicises International
18. Price Waterhouse Coopers
19. Engineering and Projects Company
20. GCS- Ground Water Consulting Services (Proprietary) Limited
21. ARUP (PTY) Limited and A.H Consulting Limited
22. J.P Kenny Limited
23. Optec Energy Services Inc
24. Aecom Tecsult Inc
25. Sudanese Petroleum Pipelines Company
26. Ingerop Africa Hidroprojecto Geos, Democritus and Howard Humphreys EA Limited
27. Mott MacDonald
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EAC Holds 4th Petroleum Conference

Wednesday, 11 February 2009 13:20 Written by Web Editor

The 4th East African Petroleum Conference (EAPC’09) was held from 11-13 March 2009 at the Sarova White Sands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Kenya. The conference, whose theme was enhancing exploration and exploitation of oil and gas for social economic development, was officially opened by H.E the Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on behalf of President Mwai Kibaki.

The Conference was attended by among others; Rt. Hon. Kenneth Marende, Speaker of Parliament, Kenya; Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Minister for Energy, Kenya; Hon. Amason Jeffa Kingi, Minister for EAC, Kenya; Hon. Hilary Onek, Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; Hon. Philippe Njoni, Minister for Infrastructure, Burundi; Assistant Ministers of the line Ministries; Members of EALA; Chief Executive Officers of Oil Companies and other high profile dignitaries in the Oil industry from the region.

The conference was organized by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with Kenya’s ministries of EAC and Energy. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government of Kenya, Rt. Hon. Musalia Mudavadi officially closed the Conference on 13 March 2009.

The conference attracted over 600 delegates and officials responsible for petroleum and investment promotions and other players in the industry from the region and the countries neighboring EAC, namely Ethiopia, Sudan, DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Somalia.

The 4th East African Petroleum Conference was characterized by Country Presentations, mainly highlighting respective exploration activities with focus on petroleum potential, discoveries, utilization, legal and fiscal regimes and current licensing status.

Presentations were made on new exploration opportunities, evolving technologies and achievements in the search for new hydrocarbon reserves to supplement the existing and depleting fields. An exhibition and poster sessions ran concurrently with the conference and the EAC Secretariat, Partner States and a number of oil and service companies exhibited and showcased the region’s potential and other available investment opportunities.

The 4th East African Petroleum Conference took place at a time when the current global financial meltdown and marked reduction in oil prices have grossly impacted on the exploration financing base of many oil companies worldwide.

The East African Petroleum Conference (EAPC’09) in Mombasa, Kenya was the fourth in a series of petroleum conferences held every two years in the East African Community (EAC) Partner States on rotational basis. The main aim of the conferences is to promote East Africa as a viable investment destination for petroleum exploration and development.

The conferences are organized by the EAC Secretariat, with the venue Partner State as co-host. At the Conference, it was learnt that Uganda has discovered oil and gas in the Albertine Graben and has the intention of constructing a top-up oil refinery to exploit some of the oil for local use. In Tanzania, natural gas has been found at Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay. Tanzania is already tapping the gas resources for generation of electricity and as fuel used in industry.

Rwanda has methane gas that is generated annually in Lake Kivu. A pilot plant for tapping the methane gas has been constructed, with an aim of scaling up to a fully fledged power plant. In Burundi petroleum exploration is on-going in the Rusizi and Tanganyika Basins.

Currently there are several international oil companies carrying out petroleum exploration in Kenya. Although 31 exploration wells have been drilled in the country,
no commercial discoveries have yet been made.

Hon. Pinda Opens East African Energy Conference

Monday, 08 June 2009 00:00 Written by Web Editor

The First East African Energy Conference got underway today with a call on the private sector to design innovative business models to address the region’s energy challenges. Right Honourable Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania in a keynote address while opening the three-day conference at the Movenpick Hotel Dar es Salaam, said private sector participation was key to realising benefits from exploitation of the energy resources the region is endowed with.

“For our East African region, private sector participation in the energy sector is a key bridge towards development in this [energy] sector. [The] private sector has a catalytic role to support rural electrification programs which started operation in late 2007. What is needed is an enabling legal and regulative framework to support them,” Rt. Hon. Pinda told delegates at the conference, drawn from energy offices from three of the five Partner State governments, representatives from the East African Community, the East African business community and business people from outside the region. The conference is being held under the theme: Energy, A Viable Business Opportunity.

Because energy is a prerequisite for the proper functioning of nearly all sub-sectors of the economy and that its availability and quality critical to the success or failure of development initiatives, Rt. Hon . Pinda noted that the importance and timing of the Energy Conference couldn’t have been more appropriate, more so coming at a time “when our countries in the region are facing power gaps”.

He informed delegates that EAC Partner State governments are making efforts to create a conducive environment for the private sector through the development of appropriate energy policies, regulatory and institutional frameworks, while reminding the meeting of the existence of the East African Power System Master Plan, which is due to be updated to include the republics of Rwanda and Burundi. One of the outputs of that process will be a Least Cost Power Development Plan and a Grid Code that will be used to govern transboundary power exchanges in the Community.

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister also noted that a Regional Strategy to address all aspects of a petroleum distribution system in the region, and a Regional Emergency Petroleum Supply Plan to govern petroleum products in the event of a disaster or emergency had been developed. Realising the full benefits of these efforts, Rt. Hon. Pinda said, requires “innovative business models by the business community including working within the Private Public Partnership framework”. He rallied the business community to embrace the energy sector as a viable area of investment just as they do in the case of other sectors.

EAC Deputy Secretary General (Productive and Social Sectors) reiterates EAC commitment to supporting energy initiatives

The East African Community Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva in his remarks reiterated the EAC’s commitment to supporting initiatives in the East African energy sector, noting that developing the energy sector was key to realising the Community’s mission of widening and deepening economic, political, social and cultural integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investment.

Delegates at the conference also included; Hon. William Ngeleja, Minister for Energy and Minerals, the United Republic of Tanzania; Eng. Idi Buhanga Pressadi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Republic of Burundi; Dr Caleb Nyamajeje-Weggoro, Director, Productive and Social Sectors at the East African Community; Mr Reginald Mengi, Chairman, East African Business Council; Mr Charles Mbogori, Executive Director, East African Business Council; representatives of the permanent secretaries from the ministries of Energy for the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania; private sector players and businesspeople from within East Africa and beyond.

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
East African Community Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania

Monday 8 June 2009