East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 13 February 2015: 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 Secretariat and the EAC Partner States is expected to attract more than 500 participants.
East African Community Headquarters, Kigali, 4 March 2015: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Rt. Hon. Anastase Murekezi today officiated the 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (EAPCE’15) taking place 4 to 6 March 2015 at Serena Kigali Hotel in Rwanda.
Addressing the over 500 delegates attending the Conference, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister said the Community was committed to the provision of sufficient, reliable and affordable electricity to the citizenry and that the Partner States were in the process of linking each other with high voltage transmission lines and developing the necessary framework for power exchange and trade amongst themselves.
The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister disclosed that last year alone, the region commissioned over five hundred megawatts of new generation capacity and noted that by 2018, the EAC is projected to have installed capacity growth from the current 4,000 megawatts to more than 12,000 megawatts.
‘’I therefore invite the Private Sector, Development Partners and all stakeholders in the energy and gas sectors to partner with EAC Governments in these efforts’’ affirmed the Rwandan official and assured the international oil companies and related service companies attending the Conference of the region’s commitment to support the oil and gas exploration, development, as well as production.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe, the Deputy Minister of East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Abdullah Saadalla noted that the confirmation of commercial petroleum reserves of approximately 6.5 billion barrels in Uganda, an estimated over 600 million barrels in Kenya, and approximately 53 gas in Tanzania, together with discoveries in Mozambique indeed confirm that the East African region is emerging as a new and exciting frontier for oil and gas exploration and investment.
He reiterated that the EAC Council of Ministers recognizes the role played by sector in the region’s growth and development, and that the EAC Treaty not only underscores the need for Partner States to cooperate in joint exploration and development of energy resources found within the Community but also promote sustainable utilization of natural resources and encourage regional energy sufficiency within the sector.
Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta noted that the Conference provides an opportunity to show case to the world the petroleum potential of the Region through sharing information on the status of hydrocarbon activities in the region.
On his part, the Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera noted that the theme of the Conference Proven Destination for Investment in Petroleum Resources for Regional Energy Sufficiency and Lasting Socio-Economic Development was geared towards attracting capital investment required to explore and develop petroleum resources of the Partner States in a sustainable manner.
Amb Sezibera disclosed that a number of investors had billed East Africa as the world’s most promising frontier for oil and gas exploitation for the past 10years and there is good reason for thier optimism. He said that 2.3bn barrel of recoverable oil had been discovered in Uganda and Kenya and more than 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Tanzania, and that there were exciting signs of oil and gas in Burundi and Rwanda.
The annual 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 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (EAPCE) 2015 has brought together participants from international oil companies, oil industry service companies, government institutions, academic institutions, international geoscientific journals, non-oil and gas institutions as well as the media
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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.
For more information visit: www.eapce15.eac.int
ii) TOR for comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency strategy and plan have been and funding is being sourced
iii) TOR for a Renewable Energy Master Plan that will feed into the Regional Energy Master Plan developed have been developed and funding is being sourced
iv) Promotion of Development of Modern Biomass, Wind and Biogas – concept paper prepared and funding is being sourced.
…One million euros committed for the centreEast 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.
…as the two regional economic communities jointly celebrate EU Day in ArushaEast 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.
President Kikwete expected to grace the official openingEast 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.
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 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the development and operation of the Kikagati-Murongo Hydropower Project.
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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