The EnergyNet Blog – October 2018

This month’s blog comes from Karmen Tornius, Assistant Producer

Dear EnergyNet friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to provide an update regarding our East Africa portfolio, which has been hugely boosted by our short but sweet trip to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Our Managing Director Simon Gosling and Africa Director Valeria Aruffo joined me in Addis to lay the foundation for our upcoming summits Regional Energy Co-operation Summit: East and Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid– our two annual co-located summits taking place in Addis Ababa in March 2019.

Ethiopia has started a new year – 2011 according to the local calendar – on 7th of September, and there are definitely winds of change in the air in Addis Ababa. I was excited to touch ground on the night of Meskel festivities, with bonfires peacefully crackling across what many have started to call “the capital of Africa”. Meskel celebrations meant that while my colleagues in Ethiopia were enjoying their well-deserved Bank Holiday, I had the opportunity to make all the arrangements for the following day – one full of meetings with the energy leaders in the country.

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In addition, I was pleased to finally meet our colleague from the World Bank in Ethiopia in person, considering the unrivalled support and spirit of partnership that the World Bank has shown regarding our vision to organise these regional and pan-African summits in Ethiopia.

My colleagues Simon and Valeria flew in directly from Accra, Ghana, having just hosted a successful Regional Energy Cooperation Summit: West. It’s wonderful to hear how the hard work of the team paid off in Accra, with some of the largest players in the energy sector in the region, such as ECG, GRIDCo and ERERA from the public sector and Stanbic, Tullow Oil, Kosmos and other private sector, taking the meeting to a whole new level. We look forward to replicating this success in East Africa.

The highlight of our trip was the meeting with Hon. Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, H.E. Seleshi Bekele. Following our long-standing relationship with the Ministry in Ethiopia and Hon. Minister’s provisional endorsement of our event, it was truly inspiring to sit down and receive a confirmation of not only our event’s relevance and alignment with the developments in the energy market in the region, but also Hon. Minister’s commitment to engage with regional energy leaders and the business community.

We left the meeting with the full endorsement from Hon. Minister Seleshi Bekele and plans for a brainstorming meeting with public sector decision makers in order to join forces for a truly impactful event in March 2019.

In high spirits, we discussed our upcoming summits with heads of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA) and Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) amongst others. It was such a privilege to gain insights from the most senior level representatives of the energy sector in Ethiopia and understand the priorities for these institutions. The overwhelming feedback was that our events are incredibly timely and welcome, as the country’s energy sector transforms its public-private relationships and looks to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the East African region.


It is my pleasure to announce that RECS: East and AEF: Off the Grid are officially endorsed by both EEA and EEU, whose participation adds incredible value for our guests.

With my notebook full of insights from our colleagues in Ethiopia, I am excited to return to the draft agenda and add a whole new layer of content, from expert decision makers with years of first-hand experience on the ground.


If you would like to join us at our upcoming summits in Ethiopia or tell me about your projects, companies or associations that facilitate delivering energy access to disconnected communities, please do not hesitate to contact me via

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I would love to discuss how we can combine forces and make a real change!

Kind regards,

Karmen Tornius

The EnergyNet Blog – September 2018

This month’s blog comes from Valeria Aruffo, Director for the Africa portfolio


Dear Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well as we gear up for a busy Autumn period at EnergyNet.

My colleagues & I just returned from a successful trip in Morocco. The moment we touched down in Rabat, everything went smoothly.  We went over in preparation of the EnergyWeek Morocco, our annual meeting which co-locates two of our summits: the Africa Renewable Energy Forum and the Gas Options: North & West Africa.  These will both be held in Marrakech from 14-15th November.

Locally both meetings have received incredible support, for which we are extremely grateful.  The Ministry of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, and more specifically Honourable Aziz Rabbah – the Minister of Energy – have already endorsed the meeting and will be present at the forums.

Upon our arrival at the Ministry on our first day in Rabat, we truly recognised the level of involvement the local public sector was enabling us to have.  A meeting organised by the Ministry had all the key partners involved: we sat down with ONEE, OHNYM, AMEE, MASEN & Global Nexus to discuss the agenda, the goals, the aims and the potential outcomes of the forums. The will and engagement from all those present was second to none, and a clear objective of what is required for the event, for Morocco and for the sector was clearly established – we felt honoured to be part of it.

The next day we set off to Casablanca, a beautiful city, hosting some of the biggest private sector players around. Meetings with organisations such as Africa50 and ACWA Power, who both will have significant presence at the forum, only further demonstrated the commitment of the local market in helping us to achieve what is needed for this forum as Morocco as a whole.

I hope you’re able to join us in Marrakech this November. If not, please do stay in touch at

For more information on either of the meetings mentioned above, visit – or

Kind regards,

Valeria & the EnergyNet Africa Team

The EnergyNet blog- August 2018

This month’s blog comes from Thomas from the West Africa Team

My colleagues and I recently travelled to Ghana in preparation for our Regional Energy Cooperation summit (RECS West), set to take place in Accra at the end of September.

This meeting will take a closer look at cross-border energy infrastructure and the financing of energy projects across West Africa. We’ll be focusing on the anchor projects set to drive industrialisation and electricity development, and exploring priorities in the unified regional electricity market.

Our two last editions took place in Côte D’Ivoire, endorsed by His Excellency Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Energy, Petroleum and Development of Renewable Energies of Côte d’Ivoire.

As you know, with some of the largest oil and gas reserves on the continent West Africa’s push for energy integration is integral for accelerating the region’s economic growth.

While staying at the Kempinski, the chosen venue for the conference, we enjoyed a very fruitful week meeting with some of the most important public and private sector stakeholders in the industry.

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Jubilee House, the presidential palace in Accra that serves as a residence and office to the President of Ghana

We were especially taken aback by the quality and seniority of our meetings throughout the trip – having the opportunity to sit down with Hon. Minister Agyarko, Minister for Energy, alongside organisations such as the Energy Commission, ECG, GRIDCo and ERERA, enabled the perfect setting for our discussions.

From a private sector point of view, meeting CEOs and MDs from Stanbic, Tullow Oil, Kosmos and Rotan Energy was extremely valuable – we received incredible help and valuable advice from all.

We’re deeply pleased to be able to continue supporting Government’s objectives to achieve energy independency and become a power hub in the sub-region. Hopefully we can convert this experience into a great agenda and make RECS a success for all involved.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about West Africa’s energy sector and any projects you’re particularly excited about. Drop us a line at

Best regards,

Thomas Joannou

West Africa Team


The EnergyNet Blog – July 2018

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This month’s blog comes from Fred Mazo, Regional Manager: LAC Region at EnergyNet

Re: Natural Gas Pumping in Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region

On Friday 29th June, the first Advisory Board meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean Gas Conference and Exhibition took place in Washington DC during the World Gas Conference.

The 27th World Gas Conference hosted over 600 of the industry’s most senior speakers from all over the world

The twelve members of the Advisory Board, including the Heads of Total, Shell, Petrobras, YPF, Repsol, IGU, ARPEL and EnergyNet, were meeting for the first time to discuss how to set the foundations for the development of regional gas projects and business opportunities through the most crucial gas event ever created for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The contributions from each member of the AB has been essential to the strengthening of this first gas event, and the commitment from all the AB members to highlight new business opportunities has been outstanding.

The agreements adopted at the meeting will help bring the most important leaders of the gas sector to Mexico City seeking to develop new gas projects in LAC countries with the most attractive market opportunities and energy policies for infrastructure development.

At the same time, the Advisory Board will focus on developing two fundamental groups for the success of natural gas in the region: supply and demand for natural gas, and infrastructure development.

These working groups will provide more insights to the AB members and the industry in general about the business-critical issues that the gas sector faces in the LAC region, giving the event and its agenda a more accurate plan to benefit the industry in the short, medium and long-term.

Our stand at the 27th World Gas Conference in Washington, DC

The working groups will integrate the most experienced and successful companies in the world seeking for business opportunities in LAC.

It was exciting to discover that all the members of the Advisory Board shared the same opinion about the necessity to separate the LAC gas sector in regions. The importance to analyse challenges and opportunities for the gas industry based on geography, market conditions, maturity and the development status of those markets to deploy the right strategy for the development of the sector on time on budget and specification is fundamental for the success of natural gas in LAC.

Last but not least all the members of the Advisory board are 100% committed to the development of a more sustainable gas industry, and they will work tirelessly in the development programs related to a more friendly energy policy that protects the environment, integrates the private and public sector and brings economic stability to the region through gas projects.

More information about the upcoming event in Mexico  can be found at

Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or would like more info on the blog.

Many thanks,

Fred Mazo

Regional Manager LAC Region






The EnergyNet blog – January 2018

This month’s blog comes from EnergyNet’s Managing Director, Simon Gosling.

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Dear Friends,

A very happy new year from all here at EnergyNet.

The team in London is already raring to go for our next 10 global energy and power summits, kick-starting with the Regional Energy Cooperation Summit in Abidjan.

Hot on its heels will be the East Africa Energy Infrastructure Summit and the AEF: Off The Grid Summit, both co-located in Uganda under the patronage of Her Excellency the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Minister Irene Muloni.

From my side, it was fantastic to be back in Washington D.C. at the end of last year putting together the agenda for 4th Powering Africa: Summit this February. Particularly exciting was the response from US intergovernmental agencies who are redoubling their efforts to invest in Africa and create partnerships to hasten the pace of energy development.

Damon, myself and Shiddika left emboldened with a clear message that the US is ‘Stronger Together’ with Africa, committed to generating vast levels of investment like never seen before.

Andy Herscowitz and the Power Africa team are again fully supportive of the Summit, and for the first time Ray Washburne – President Trump’s appointed CEO of OPIC – will contribute to the agenda to engage stakeholders from the continent.

The 4th Powering Africa: Summit returns to Washington, D.C. from 28th February – 2nd March 2018

Another strong partner of the Summit is USTDA, who’s delivering more development funding to a more diversified mix of energies including off grid, solar, wind and most notably gas projects.

It’s clearly an exciting time following what can only be described as a strained 18 months. This was reflected by the response from the private sector, perhaps starting to sense optimism in South Africa following the ANC elections as well as in Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Morocco.

Thank you for your continued support and should you wish to speak directly with me about how we can do more together, how EnergyNet can better serve your needs or just simply to have a catch up, please call me on + 44 7500 807 930.

I look forward to seeing you in DC this February and to a 2018 which sees an emboldened investor and a brighter Africa.

Kind regards,

Simon Signature

Simon Gosling

Managing Director


The EnergyNet Blog – December 2017

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This month’s blog comes from Anna Gorzkowska, Producer, & George Hudson, Business Development Manager from the East Africa team

Dear Friends,

George and I just recently returned from a week in Kampala and Nairobi, meeting with industry leaders and government bodies from the two countries in preparation for the East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit and co-located Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid, taking place in Kampala in early February 2018.

The week was a great success – we certainly didn’t want to return to cold, rainy London!


For both of us it was our first time in Uganda, and we were blown away by how beautiful and green the country was.


During our few days in the city we were honoured to meet with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and secure their official endorsement. We will be working with them closely over the coming weeks with regards to their plans for energy development in Uganda and aspirations for the two forums.

Additionally, it was great to meet with the industry leaders from across the sector to learn more about the current climate, relevant projects and market developments. From the likes of Fenix International, DFID and Greenlight Planet to the Uganda National Oil Company, ENS Africa and Mott MacDonald; it proved to be an interesting few days and invaluable from a content building perceptive.

Safe to say we are both looking forward to returning in February, and are planning on extending our trip to explore!


After Kampala we travelled to Nairobi to continue our conversations with both public and private sector stakeholders.

Our meeting with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Kenya was a highlight for us both, and we were excited to come away with their support and confirmation that they will attend in February.

The few days of meetings which followed were packed to say the least, and we were both excited by the interest and ideas for the programmes. However, one thing we certainly won’t miss is the traffic… encountering Enterprise Road at rush hour on the way to visit Mobisol was a nightmare!


George at the airport in Kenya after a busy round of meetings in Nairobi

We are both looking forward to the road ahead, and are feeling energised after such a great week. For now we hope you have a good December, and Christmas when it arrives.

All the best,

Anna Gorzkowska | Producer: East Africa

and George Hudson | Business Development Manager | East Africa

The EnergyNet blog – November 2017

Welcome to the EnergyNet blog! We’ll be sharing with you some of the trips we take, people we meet and insights into the sector which contribute to our meeting agendas.

This month’s blog comes from Regional Manager for West Africa, Valeria Aruffo.


Dear Friends,

Ciao! In preparation for the Regional Energy Cooperation Summit in Abidjan next January I’ve been travelling around West Africa these last couple of weeks, meeting with decision-makers from the region’s energy sector to help shape the agenda and find out what challenges they’re facing in 2017.


My travels first took me to beautiful Senegal. With a population estimated around 14 million, imported fossil fuels power much of the country’s energy supply,
although the country also holds potential for biomass, wind & solar energy production.

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There I met with representatives from the Ministry of Petroleum & Energy and the Ministry of Senegal Emerging Plan (PSE). The PSE was formed as part of the Government’s ambitious plan to develop the country into an emerging economy by 2035.

During my trip, the Managing Director of the Senegalese Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER) confirmed to join us at the Summit. ANER is committed to deploying renewable energy solutions across the country, recently partnering with French utility ENGIE SA earlier this year on a solar project. I also managed to meet with the Senegalese Regulatory Commission of Electricity Sector (CRSE) and national utility SENELEC, who implement projects via public-private partnerships.


Last week I returned to one of my favourite countries in Africa- Ghana.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (state owned utility for power distribution), will be an important contributor to our January meeting. The company is to be handed over to a private entity for a period of 20 years concession under the MCC Compact II, which aims to transform Ghana’s power sector and stimulate private investments.

I was delighted to return to the UK having confirmed the endorsement and participation of Dr. Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission (EC). The EC is responsible for the regulation, development & deployment of sustainable energy  solutions across the country.

I then met with Kweku Awotwi – recently appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana’s generation company.

ANER’s Managing Director Dijby Ndiaye from Senegal is to join Ghana’s EC on the renewable energy panel discussion, with Dr. Ahenkorah presenting Ghana’s leading example in the region on energy efficiency and the importance of standards and their harmonization.

During my trip I also had the pleasure of sitting down with Theo Sackey, Chief Executive Officer of CenPower Generation, the largest private IPP in Ghana – set for completion in the next couple of months. It’s laying the foundation for the future of IPP project financing as a true realisation of local development; its founding shareholders are Ghanaian and most of the equity is held by African entities and lenders.

Finally, I’m delighted to report we’ve just received endorsement from Ghana’s Grid Company (GRIDCo). Long time participants at the Africa Energy Forum, GRIDCo is in charge of the National Interconnected Transmission System of Ghana,  exporting electricity in Burkina Faso and Togo.

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William Amuna, Former Chief Executive of GRIDCo and now Advisor to the Hon. Minster Agyarko, shows delegates around at a site visit to the GRIDCo power station at a ‘Powering Africa: Ghana’ meeting in 2015.

That’s all my updates for now – it’s been a whirlwind of meetings, new & old faces and some really great ideas for my programme. I’ll keep you updated as more organisations confirm.

Until next time,


Valeria Aruffo

Programme Manager: West Africa