With confirmed participation of H.E Honourable Malick Alhousseini, H.E Honourable Professor Alfa Oumar Dissa, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy, Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l'Electricité (Anaré), TOTAL, CI-GNL, Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) and West Africa Gas Pipeline Authority Company (WAGPA), the fast approaching Regional Energy Co-operation Summit 2018 (www.Regional-Energy-Cooperation-Summit.com) will establish the roadmap for sustainable electricity trade in ECOWAS’ booming gas and energy markets.
Alongside the Energy Commission of Ghana, Electricity Company of Ghana and GridCo, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy will be in attendance at ministerial level alongside their distinguished counterparts from Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria to present some of the latest projects seeking investment and strategize regional initiatives for power, infrastructures and gas development.
Attracting market leaders such as ENGIE, Siemens, Manitoba Hydro International, METKA, Wärtsilä and BLP LLP and endorsed by ANER, the Regional Summit continues to be the annual platform where public and private stakeholders and industry experts can stay up-to-date with upcoming projects in the pipeline and new strategies to unlock gas and power trading in West Africa. With the arrival of Côte d’Ivoire’s first LNG-import terminal and ambitions to establish a regional hub for gas distribution, LNG industry leaders CI-GNL and TOTAL will join Director General, Debo Barandao of WAGPA to discuss regional gas development.
Sharing ENGIE’s perspective on how the investment summit provides a solid foundation for gleaning of vital industry updates, Philippe Miquel, CEO Western & Central Africa tells us “The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Abidjan is of great interest to ENGIE as it facilitates discussions and sharing of successes with all relevant stakeholders involved in energy cooperation in Africa: public and private, industrial and financial players, developers and customers of energy facilities, with the common intention of creating shared value.”
Amongst distinguished energy leaders who will evaluate and assess energy solutions across West Africa that will provide further economic prosperity and industrial growth and ensure sustainable energy security, we welcome:
- H.E. Honourable Alfa Oumar Dissa, Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso
- H.E Honourable Malick Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
- Distinguished Senator Mustapha Bukar, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel, Development & Metallurgy, The Senate, National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Hippolyte Ebagnitchie, General Director, Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l'Electricité, Côte d'Ivoire
- Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary, Energy Commission of Ghana
- Abel Didier Tella, Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
- Jean Jaylet, Vice President LNG & Economy in the Gas, Renewables and Power, TOTAL
- Remi Duchateau, Director General, CI-GNL
- Dijby Ndiaye, Managing Director, Senegalese Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER)
- Mahamane Sow, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Côte d’Ivoire
- Rumundaka Wonodi, former CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Founder & CEO, ZKJ Energy Partners
- Robert Schlotterer, Lead Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees Group, World Bank
- Peter Koninckx, Director of Power Generation and Transmission Solutions, Siemens
- Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
- Clare Sierawski, West Africa Country Manager, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Power Africa.
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The complex dilemma of how to power Nigeria dominates politics and economics, yet hundreds of thousands of people are discovering the answer is to literally take power into their own hands.
This week, the Lumos (www.Lumos-Global.com) Mobile Electricity Service deployed its 60,000th Y’ello Box, an at-home solar electricity device that lets users gain access to reliable electricity at an affordable price. The Lumos service is combining the power of the sun and your MTN mobile phone to bring a new type of power to Nigeria.
This significant milestone means more than 300,000 people right across Nigeria are now benefitting from affordable, reliable, clean electricity, thanks to the Lumos Mobile Electricity service ability to unleash the power of the mobile.
Mobile phones have transformed the way we spend our daily lives. In fact, a recent report declared Nigeria as the ‘world’s most mobilized country’ (http://apo.af/qD8dM5) with more mobile traffic than any other nation. With more and more mobiles, they not only drive our demand for more accessible and reliable power, but they can also help provide the solution.
Lumos Mobile Electricity Service operate in partnership with MTN. Once MTN customers have joined the service, they pay their monthly subscription fee for power from their MTN’s mobile phones air account by texting a simple code. There’s no need for mobile money, bank accounts or expensive machines. This is quick, easy, affordable, quiet and clean.
Mr. John Stephen Akpan, a farmer from Lagos State who purchased the 60,000th system said:
“The Y’ello Box is making a big difference. I was using a noisy, polluting generator, but now that Lumos has arrived, my farm has been transformed instantly.
“I was surprised at how easy and quick the installation was, and that I was able to start using it straight away.”
Yuri Tsitrinbaum, CEO of Lumos Nigeria said:
“The mobile revolution has transformed our need for power, and the mobile electricity service is also going to be a significant part of the answer.”
“The Nigerian economy will thrive if we give people the power they need to succeed. We cannot wait, and we need put power in everyone’s own hands.”
“At Lumos we have built a unique system that uses groundbreaking technology to harness the energy of the sun, capture and store it, and release it thanks to your mobile phone.”
“The energy mix in Nigeria is a complex issue which we all need to work together to solve. We believe we have created something fantastic that is bringing power to people’s homes and businesses like nothing else before.”
On November 29 to 1 December 2017, Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, The ‘Gas Options North and West Africa Summit’ (www.GasOptions-NWAfrica.com) and The ‘Africa Renewable Energy Forum’ (www.Africa-Renewable-Energy-Forum.com) will assemble some of the most active national and international public and private stakeholders to forge partnerships, finalise deals and glean the most important developments taking place in Africa’s energy and power sector.
Travelling to Casablanca to join these high-level discussions, the Forums have confirmed the participation of 5 Ministers of Energy including:
- Honourable Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco
- H.E. Honourable, Patrick Eyogo Edzang, Minister of Water and Energy, Gabon
- H.E. Honourable Minister Maliki Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, Mali
- H.E. Honourable Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal
- Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo, Deputy Minister for Power, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
- H.E. Honourable Senator Tsitsi Muzenda, Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
With the support and attendance of high level experts from Cheniere, Siemens, Shell, White & Case, Wärtsila, Clarke Energy, Karpowership, DBSA, DLA Piper, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, Jinko Solar, ACWA Power and Alfanar, the Gas Options: North and West Africa Summit and the Africa Renewable Energy Forum will collaborate with distinguished experts such as Amina Benkhadra, Director General, National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Leila Farah Mokaddem, Country Manager of Morocco, of the African Development Bank, Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie, Director, Head of Morocco, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Koffi Klousseh, Director of Project Development, at Africa50, Rafael Huarte, Lázaro, Director, International Gas Union (IGU), and Khalid Berradi, Chief Operations Officer, of OCP Policy Center.
Some of the most pressing topics to be discussed will include, what is the long-term commitment of the private sector in making renewable energy profitable and affordable, What new technologies are promising to change the course of renewable energy development, should Governments and DFIs be developing more guarantee and risk mitigation instruments and the potential of the Gas IPP procurement programme as an anchor for industrial growth.
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EnergyNet (www.EnergyNet.co.uk) will host the second Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Côte d’Ivoire from 24-25 January 2018 - a strategic platform for project evolution and partnership development. The conference will discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and potential gas investments across West Africa.
At the first Regional Energy Co-operation Summit (www.Regional-Energy-Cooperation-Summit.com) in January 2017, His Excellency Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies summed up the relevance of the summit with his statement; "[t]he importance of the theme (Regional Energy Cooperation Summit) is well established in the light of the needs of African countries in terms of access to different energy sources, including renewable energies".
The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from last year’s meeting, identifying next steps and bringing together ECOWAS decision-makers and global energy investors to advance regional partnerships and interconnection projects.
Programme Manager Valeria Aruffo commented; "Given the abundant reserves from many West African gas fields which will firstly be harnessed for power and domestic use, the summit will instigate the conversation surrounding the sub-region’s booming global gas market. We’ll focus on export and import capacities, balancing domestic obligation and regional trade, and of course the role of LNG in facilitating gas development in the sub-region."
With the overarching theme of regional integration in West Africa, the summit will gather ECOWAS energy ministers and government representatives, heads of utilities, regulators, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies from across West Africa to discuss how to unlock investments for the development of power projects.
Alongside partners ENGIE, Manitoba Hydro, Metka, Wartsila & Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the Summit is officially endorsed by Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), ANER, Energy Commission Ghana and the Electricity Company of Ghana.
Huge potential, unlimited opportunities – this is how energy experts in the region describe the East African power sector. A required investment of approximately $93 billion per annum needed to address East Africa’s power and infrastructure needs opens up exciting business opportunities for suppliers and solution providers from across the globe.
Future Energy East Africa (www.Future-Energy-EastAfrica.com), with the official support of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, will once again host many of the region’s leading energy decision makers from 29 – 30 November 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.
Formerly known as the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) the event boasts both a strategic conference and a large trade exhibition which provides a platform for public and private stakeholders to engage in discussions around the future of the East African energy sector, giving stakeholders the opportunity to benchmark their operations, challenges and achievements against their peers and seek suppliers who are looking to gain access to projects across the region.
Leading energy experts and industry suppliers who are excited about the region’s potential and opportunities in the sector that will be at Future Energy East Africa include: “The electricity industry in this region is one of the fastest developing on the continent and Future Energy East Africa presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our products, services and expertise to a key growth market. We have been participating in EAPIC for many years and we are excited to see the event develop after its rebranding as Future Energy East Africa this year.” - Connie Ochola, Regional Marketing Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Lucy Electric, returning platinum sponsors. Full interview (http://APO.af/jbrMKH).
“The smart money is on East Africa, Africa’s new economic powerhouse is taking root in Eastern Africa, with Ethiopia and Kenya taking the lead, and Tanzania and Uganda reinforcing this emerging regional cluster of more than 300 million people.” - Lukas Duursema, CEO, Siemens Eastern Africa, platinum sponsors. Read more (http://APO.af/p4Eq9x).
“Energy access related start-ups have been among the most prominent of the start-up scene in the recent years in East Africa. Kenya in particular is a commendable player in the African innovation and entrepreneurship market. The number of start-ups being born and entrepreneurs being developed here reflect this.” - Paras Patel, Investment Manager, Energy Access Ventures, Kenya and part of a panel discussion on the potential of mini grids at Future Energy East Africa. Full interview (http://APO.af/Bds5ge).
“I dream of the day when all our school kids will do their evening homework using electricity. Our main opportunities lie in the upscaling of the production of renewable energy. With the decreasing costs of storage batteries, distributed generation will go a long way in ensuring that all citizens of East Africa have access to clean and reliable energy.” - Mbae Ariel Mutegi, Chief Engineer, Network Audit, Kenya Power and panelist at Future Energy East Africa. Full interview (http://APO.af/QTXKm1).
“Both generation and distribution of energy in East Africa are markets to watch closely over the near future. Access to energy certainly represents a major opportunity in the region and, in my opinion, solving the issues around making mini-grids economically viable is at the core of unlocking that opportunity. Furthermore, there are few credible players with on-ground experience in this space, which makes it a particularly exciting time to be involved.” - Riccardo Ridolfi, the Head of Business Development for Absolute Energy Capital (AEC) and discussion panellist at Future Energy East Africa. Full interview (http://APO.af/YKKwhR).
Opening session highlights: Wednesday 29 November 2017:
Theme: Mapping the journeys of the future utility
09:15 Organiser’s welcome
Claire O’Connell, Event Director, Spintelligent, South Africa
09:20 Host Ministry welcome address
Dr Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya
09:35 Uganda’s roadmap to universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Hon. Eng Simon D’Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
09:50-11:00 What is the vision for the digital utility? - Will there be a new way of running a utility? - How can you combine digital technologies and operations capabilities? - Entirely reimagining the customer experience
- Kannan Lakmeeharan, Partner, McKinsey & Company, South Africa
- Johnny Dladla, CEO, Eskom Enterprises, South Africa
- Johan Helberg, Country Manager, Siemens, Kenya
- Edouard Héripret General Manager East Africa, Schneider Electric, Kenya
- Ken Tarus, Managing Director and CEO, Kenya Power, Kenya*
- Rebecca Miano, Managing Director and CEO, KenGen, Kenya*
11:00-11:30 Inspirational keynote address: Developing East Africa’s future leaders
Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Kenya
Free expo highlights include:
Free technical workshops on renewable energy, mini grids, nuclear power and much more. Click here (http://APO.af/68qHdU) for the full programme.
Latest technology and services for the industry – more than 40 local and global exhibitors will showcase their offering on the expo floor. Register here (http://APO.af/dAAVvA).
East Africa’s energy journey:
Future Energy East Africa has been a firm, favourite fixture on the region’s power calendar for the last 19 years and is recognised as being a distinctive gathering of stakeholders within the power value chain which includes governments, power generation companies, transmission and distribution companies, off takers, developers, investors, equipment manufacturers and providers, technology providers, EPCs, legal and consulting firms all with a shared goal of supporting the on-going implementation of finding lasting solutions to East Africa’s energy challenges.
As in previous years of this flagship energy event in the region, Future Energy East Africa has secured impressive industry support, including from Lucy Electric, a leading secondary distribution supplier in the electricity sector, who are returning platinum sponsors. Siemens, a global industry pioneer, are also platinum sponsors. Other sponsors are African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH and Landis+Gyr.
Future Energy East Africa is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week (www.African-Utility-Week.com), Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC) (www.Future-Energy-Nigeria.com), Future Energy Central Africa (www.Future-Energy-CentralAfrica.com), Agritech Expo Zambia (www.Agritech-Expo.com), Kenya Mining Forum (www.KenyaMiningForum.com), Nigeria Mining Week (www.NigeriaMiningWeek.com) and DRC Mining Week (www.DRCminingweek.com). Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.