Training in cross-border trade for the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP)

Balmorel: Power system model | February 2011 - May 2011

Recognising the potential benefit from developing a regional power pool, energy ministers from eight Eastern African countries have signed an inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Eastern Africa Power Pool – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Sudan. Libya joined EAPP in January 2011.

The main role of EAPP is to coordinate the power system interconnections of all the countries of the Eastern African region, so as to optimise power generation resources development in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner and ensure efficient provision of adequate, secure and affordable quality of power.

Training in power pool design and operations
The expansion of the power system in the Eastern African region requires putting in place a trade Coordination Centre (CC) and a regional Independent Regulatory Body (IRB) in order to facilitate regional power trade. A consortium consisting of as lead partner and Ea Energy Analyses have been charged with the task of building up the capacity of the core staff of the EAPP CC and the IRB, the EAPP secretariat staff, EAPP sub-committees and member countries with a view to enabling efficient operation of the power pool.

The training provided the participants with know-how and techniques pertinent to the power pool design and operations. In total, 66 persons took part in the training, which consisted of three batches of four weeks’ training in Denmark (Jun 2011), Egypt (Sep 2011) and Kenya (Oct 2011).

The project was carried out in 2011.