NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is considering a series of legal and
regulatory reforms to boost the uptake of clean energy, a senior
government official said on Thursday.
John Munyes, cabinet
secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, told a
petroleum forum in Nairobi that a new draft legal notice will
enhance regulations of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has been
“I am confident that
the new regulations will be sufficiently robust to provide a
legal and regulatory framework that will provide sufficient
incentives for investment to flow to the LPG sector so that we
can fully unlock access to cleaner, modern, safe and efficient
household petroleum energy,” Munyes said.
In 2009, the east
African nation enacted the Legal Notice 121, which introduced
standardization of LPG cylinder sizes and valves, meaning that
consumers could have their cylinders refilled at any licensed
Munyes said that the
regulations also created a thriving market for illegal LPG
refillers who have not made any investments in the cylinders.
“We therefore want
to ensure that only bona fide investors benefit from the LPG
sector and lock out unscrupulous traders,” he said.
indicates that the LPG penetration rate has reached 10 percent
of households, against a target of 70 percent in the next five
Kenya is committed
to increasing uptake of LPG so as to reduce dependence on
kerosene, firewood and charcoal to help the country switch to
greener sources of energy, Munyes said.
The government is
also on course to construct an LPG common user import and
storage facility at the port of Mombasa, which allows for the
import of bulk LPG.
underway to promote cleaner energy include the provision of LPG
bulk storage facilities in major cities to improve access to
principal secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining,
said the petroleum energy sector is critical to Kenya’s economic
In the upstream
segment of exploration and production, additional petroleum
blocks have been created and gazetted to increase availability
and access to oil and gas, he said.
John Mosonik, chief
administrative secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and
Mining, said the government is currently undertaking a number of
petroleum infrastructure projects to enhance the availability of
oil and gas products in Kenya and neighboring countries.
Some of the projects
include replacement of oil pipelines, enhancement of storage
capacity and investment in loading facilities with a view to
creating a major petroleum logistics hub to boost regional
trade, Mosonik said.
Regional energy experts set to
meet in Kenya on sustained markets
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Energy experts from Eastern and Southern Africa
including Indian Ocean region are set to meet in Nairobi from
Monday to seek ways of enhancing energy market sustainability,
organizers said on Saturday.
The four-day meeting
organized by Africa’s largest trading bloc, the Common Market
for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) will review progress on
the implementation of the project’s first-year work program
(2017-2018) and adopt the work plan and budget for the second
The meeting comes as
five regional economic communities have begun implementing a new
project on enhancing energy market sustainability.
The Enhancement of a
Sustainable Energy Market in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and
Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region (ESREM) is a 7 million euros
project funded by the European Union.
objective of the project is to create a regional energy market
that is conducive to investment and sustainable energy
development,” COMESA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
“ESREM is a 7
million euros project funded by the EU to address market
governance and regulatory related challenges affecting the
implementation of energy development projects in the region,” it
The project will run
for four years since the signing of the grant delegation
agreement with COMESA in May 2017.
Members of the
Project Steering Committee that will meet in Nairobi comprise of
energy experts from five participating regional economic
communities (RECs) - COMESA, the East African Community (EAC,)
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Southern
Africa Development Community (SADC) and the Indian Ocean
Others are the
regional associations of energy regulators, the Regional Power
Pools, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centres and the
European Union Delegations to the three sub-regions.
According to the
bloc, prior to the energy experts meeting, an awareness training
for regional journalists and communication experts from the
participating organizations will be conducted on Monday as part
of the project’s communication and visibility strategy.
experts from the RECs, ministries of energy, energy associations
and power pools will participate in the one-day training and
visit a renewable energy project. Journalists from Kenya,
Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi will also attend the
training,” it said.