REGIONAL POWER POOLS
For some years now, there are 5 regional power pools in Africa.
COMELEC (Maghreb Electricity Committee)
Year of inception: 1989
SAPP (Southern African Power Pool)
Countries involved: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania
Year of inception: 1995
Countries involved: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, D.R Congo, Tanzania and Swaziland
WAPP (West Africa Power Pool)
Year of inception: 2000
Countries involved: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo
POWER POOLS CREATED AT THE INITIATIVE OF UPDEA AND IN INTERACTION WITH THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES AND THE MEMBER STATES
UPDEA organized from 3 to 5 June 2002 in Brazzaville a workshop on the creation of a Power Pool in that region of Africa.
From 10 to 12 April 2003, UPDEA organized in Brazzaville in partnership with the ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States) a meeting of Energy Ministers in central Africa devoted to the signature of founding documents of the power pool.
On 12th April 2003 the PEAC (Central Africa Power Pool) was born.
Countries involved: Angola, DR Congo, Congo/Brazzaville, Gabon, Central Africa Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Cameroon, Chad, Rwanda and Burundi
UPDEA has organized from 28 to 30 May 2003 in Nairobi a workshop on the African Power Sector reforms Experiences and Independent Power Production. This workshop has also given opportunity to discuss the creation of a power pool in Eastern Africa (EAPP).
A Working Group was set up by the Eastern Africa power utilities. The latter have unanimously appointed the General Secretariat of UPDEA to coordinate the activities of the Working Group.
1st Working Group Meeting: Nairobi, 22 and 23 July 2003 to draft the terms of reference relating to this project.
2nd Working Group Meeting: November 2003 in Addis-Ababa
Countries involved: Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Egypt.
On 21st February, the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) was established by the Energy Ministers of Eastern Africa countries who signed the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) now in force.