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