African Union to Roll-Out Continent-Wide Electricity Market Masterplan
Kibo Mining plc (AIM: KIBO; AltX: KBO), the multi-asset Tanzania focused energy and resource company, notes recent press comment confirming that the African Union is to roll-out a continent-wide electricity market masterplan (‘the Masterplan’). See below extracts from the commentary.
The African Development Bank (‘the Bank’) and the African Union Development Agency (‘AUDA-NEPAD’) have agreed to jointly develop a blueprint for a pan-continental electricity network and market. The agreement to set up a Continental Power System Master Plan between the Bank and AUDA-NEPAD was unveiled recently during a three-day workshop on the side-lines of Programme for Infrastructure Development (‘PIDA’) Week held in Cairo.
Professor Mosad Elmissiry, a senior energy advisor to AUDA-NEPAD said, “The Continental Power System Master Plan will ensure that competitive electricity markets are developed at regional and continental levels, creating unique opportunities to optimally utilise Africa’s vast energy resources for the benefit of Africa.”
The workshop was aimed at advancing the launch of an Integrated Continental Transmission Network to link national power utilities into regional power pools and, ultimately, into a continent-wide transmission network. Plans also include setting up a market for electricity trading.
The Masterplan also will inform the energy component of a PIDA Action Plan, which focuses on key regional integration projects. Development of a unified electricity transmission network and market for electricity trading are viewed as a critical priority to improve the lives of people across the continent.
Angela Nalikka, the Bank’s manager for national and regional power systems, said, “Most state-owned electric utilities in Africa today are unable to secure the financial resources needed to implement required segments of regional interconnectors and associated national feeder lines. The Bank plans to encourage private sector participation in transmission projects in the continent.”
Louis Coetzee, CEO of Kibo Mining said: “We are delighted that the African Union is uniting to roll-out this electricity market masterplan, which is something we have been suggesting for some time. We have been positioning Kibo both strategically and operationally since 2018 in anticipation of this inevitable development.
We believe that our Africa project portfolio, which was meticulously created and communicated over the past 18 months, could not have been positioned better on commercial, geographical, socio-political and developmental levels, to take full advantage of this latest radical development in energy policy that will, in our opinion, enable the fastest economic development in the history of Africa to date.”
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