The EnergyNet blog- August 2018

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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.
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 RECS@energynet.co.uk 

Best regards,

Thomas Joannou

West Africa Team