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More than 500 energy experts will meet in Nairobi next month to explore massive investments in the renewable energy amid a marked rise in confidence in the East Africa region, organisers said on Tuesday.

powerThe annual East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) which kicks off on Aug. 27-28 will bring together the region’s leading power utilities, investors, technology and service providers to discuss opportunities in the region’s energy sector.

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Speaking ahead of the meeting, Wim Jonker Klunne, renewable energy expert and the conference chairman of the inaugural Clean Power East Africa conference, urged the stakeholders to keep momentum going in search for investments.

“Project developers, funders, support organisations and others are not interacting enough to reap the synergies possible in the clean power market in East Africa,” Klunne said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The August forum comes as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have discovered commercially viable oil and gas deposits and production will start in the next few months according to various reports attributed to the exploration companies.

The production of the resource is expected to increase revenues for respective governments tremendously, leading to investments in social infrastructure like roads, hospitals, airports, schools among others.

The construction of the oil, gas and electricity evacuation infrastructure is also expected to result in mega construction deals, like the planned oil pipeline from Kenya’s proposed Lamu Port to Uganda and South Sudan.
“I see a lot of developments in the clean power market in the area, but also a lot of isolated initiatives,” said Jonker Klunne, who is also the Programme Director at the Energy and Environment Partnership for Southern and East Africa.

“I hope Clean Power East Africa can play a role in initiating such dialogue and by that contribute to the developments in the sector,” he added.

It is the first time that the annual convention has a dedicated track focusing on the abundance of natural resources in the region that make it attractive to renewable energy generation.

The statement said the new track will enable delegates to learn more about the potential, technologies and processes for clean power. Enditem

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