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Education Fund for African Students in Energy

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the AEC African Energy Education Fund, an annual program aimed at supporting young individuals across Africa who are pursuing undergraduate studies in oil, gas and energy-related fields.



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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the AEC African Energy Education Fund, an annual program aimed at supporting young individuals across Africa who are pursuing undergraduate studies in oil, gas and energy-related fields.

The application cycle for the scholarship award runs from June 2023 to 31 August 2023, and the recipients will be announced at African Energy Week 2023, the AEC’s premier event for Africa’s energy sector.

The funds come at a critical time when Africa is witnessing rapid advancements in gas and renewable energy, presenting immense opportunities for economic growth and environmental sustainability. Recognizing the importance of harnessing these opportunities and equipping the next generation with the necessary knowledge and skills, we are committed to providing financial aid and educational resources to talented African students from South Africa to Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Namibia and across Africa pursuing studies in energy-related fields.

Through strategic partnerships with educational institutions, the Chamber will offer scholarships, grants, and mentorship programs to deserving students on the continent and those studying in the diaspora. This holistic approach to support aims to nurture the brightest minds in the energy sector, enabling them to contribute effectively to the continent’s energy transition and project development landscape. By investing in education and professional development, the Fund aims to create a new generation of skilled professionals who will contribute to Africa’s energy transformation and project development including gas, nuclear, hydrogen and other renewable energies projects.

As an organization dedicated to improving the African energy sector and fostering a sustainable energy future for the continent, the Chamber recognizes the importance of investing in youth and supporting heightened participation and excellence. The Chamber firmly believes that the younger generation plays a pivotal role in shaping the industry and driving its development. Therefore, it is committed to supporting and empowering young individuals who demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for contributing to the energy sector.

The AEC Energy Education Fund 2023 recognizes and rewards 8 exceptional students, with special consideration given to female students. To be eligible for the award, applicants must under 35 years old and enrolled in undergraduate/postgraduate level studies in any oil, gas or energy-related field. The selection process will primarily be based on academic excellence, ensuring that recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance in their studies.

In addition to the recognition and prestige associated with the AEC Energy Scholarship Award, the recipients will receive financial support ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. This funding is intended to ease the financial burden of pursuing higher education and enable the scholars to focus on their studies and professional development in the energy sector.

Furthermore, the awardees will be given a unique opportunity to attend and actively participate in the youth forum at AEW 2023 – representing the biggest gathering of energy stakeholders on the continent and taking place in Cape Town from 16-20 October 2023. This forum serves as a platform for young professionals to engage with industry leaders, share insights, and exchange ideas on the future of the African energy sector. The event itself provides unparalleled networking opportunities for up and coming entrepreneurs, allowing delegates to make key connections that will fast-track careers and contributions. The recipients of the AEC Energy Scholarship Award will gain invaluable engagement opportunities, exposure to industry trends, and the chance to contribute to meaningful discussions that shape the future of energy in Africa.

“When we empower the next generation of energy leaders, we empower Africa. We believe that by empowering young individuals with knowledge and financial support, we are fostering a brighter future for the energy industry in Africa. Through this scholarship, we aim to recognize academic excellence, promote diversity, and provide valuable opportunities for young professionals to engage with industry leaders. Together, we can shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous energy landscape for Africa,” states, NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.

Speaking about the Fund, Oneyka Cindy Ojogbo, an advisory board member of the Chamber and Fund manager stated “the Energy Education Fund holds great promise for both students and Africa as a whole. By investing in the education and professional development of African students in the energy sector, we are fostering a new generation of skilled professionals who will play a crucial role in driving Africa’s energy transformation. This fund not only empowers students to realize their full potential but also bolsters Africa’s capacity to meet the increasing demands of sustainable and new energy infrastructure and project development to improve energy access.”


UAE Commits $4.5 Billion for African Clean Energy Initiatives at UN Climate Summit




The United Arab Emirates, as the host of this year’s United Nations climate summit, has made a significant pledge of $4.5 billion to support clean-energy projects in African nations.

This substantial commitment is a collaborative effort involving key entities such as Abu Dhabi’s clean-energy producer Masdar, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Etihad Credit Insurance, the nation’s export credit agency, and AMEA Power, a Dubai-based renewable-energy company.

The announcement was made by the COP28 Presidency in an official statement.

Africa faces a critical need for nearly a tenfold increase in climate adaptation funding, amounting to $100 billion annually, as emphasized by the Global Center on Adaptation. This financial boost is essential for enhancing infrastructure and protecting agriculture from the adverse impacts of climate change.

Although the continent contributes only about 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, its nations are disproportionately affected by climate change.

“The initiative will prioritize investments in countries across Africa with clear transition strategies, enhanced regulatory frameworks, and a master plan for developing grid infrastructure,” stated COP28 President-Designate Sultan Al Jaber at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit on Tuesday.

Al Jaber’s commitment to invest in the African continent precedes the UN climate summit that he is overseeing. As the chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, his involvement has sparked criticism from climate activists.

Over 400 environmental groups have voiced concerns in a letter to the UN secretary-general, expressing reservations about how Al Jaber’s work may affect the legitimacy and effectiveness of the summit.

The African Development Bank’s Africa50 investment platform will serve as a strategic partner in identifying initial projects, according to the statement.

Here are the funding details:

  • The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will provide $1 billion in financial assistance.
  • Etihad Credit Insurance will offer $500 million in credit insurance to mitigate risk and attract private capital.
  • Masdar commits $2 billion in equity and will facilitate an additional $8 billion in project finance, aimed at delivering 10 gigawatts of clean energy capacity in Africa by 2030.
  • AMEA Power will contribute to funding 5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity in the continent by 2030, mobilizing $5 billion, with $1 billion in equity investments and $4 billion from project finance.

This generous funding initiative reflects the United Arab Emirates’ dedication to addressing climate change and supporting sustainable development in Africa, marking a significant step toward a greener and more resilient future for the continent.

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MAN Raises Alarm Over Potential Displacement of Local Meter Manufacturers in Power Sector

The association explained that the stiff financial requirements and technical specifications listed in the advertised material of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) are heavily biased against domestic manufacturers



Following the implementation of the NMMP Phase IIT, a World Bank-funded initiative launched to supply 1.2 million smart meters, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has cautioned the government on excluding local meter manufacturers and assemblers within the downstream power sector from the initiative.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to the media by MAN on Sunday.

The association explained that the stiff financial requirements and technical specifications listed in the advertised material of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) are heavily biased against domestic manufacturers as local manufacturers would struggle to meet those stated requirements.

This, MAN said is against contradicted the Central Bank of Nigeria’s guidelines for the National Mass Metering Programme.

MAN emphasizes that local manufacturers have made substantial investments in expanding their manufacturing capacities, as per the Federal Government’s backward integration policy and the introduction of the NMMP intervention.

They have also made efforts to train and nurture a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the power sector’s demands, as envisioned in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry.

In the statement MAN warns that this situation could potentially lead to a replication of the distressing scenario witnessed in 2012 when local manufacturers were sidelined during the meter supply, resulting in the delivery of substandard meters by foreign companies awarded the contract, which were subsequently removed from the network.

Speaking on employment opportunity, MAN said “The position of the TCN that installation will provide employment opportunities to Nigerians will completely pale into insignificance when compared with a ratio of 1 to 10 jobs that will be created if local manufacturers are included in the scheme.”

Similarly, MAN argues that the intentional denial of opportunities for local manufacturers fails to acknowledge their impressive performance in the sector, including the successful deployment and installation of a total of 611,231 energy meters across the country between January 2019 and January 31, 2021.

The potential displacement of local meter manufacturers and assemblers in Nigeria’s power sector raises serious concerns about the future of the industry.

MAN calls on the government to reconsider the advertised financial requirements and technical specifications, ensuring that they align with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s guidelines.

By including local manufacturers in the supply of smart energy meters, the power sector can benefit from high-quality products while stimulating economic growth and generating a substantial number of job opportunities for the Nigerian workforce.

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Power Consumers Protest Export of Electricity Worth N23.13bn Amidst Widespread Darkness in Nigeria

Power Consumers Demand Prioritization of Domestic Needs as Nigeria Exports Electricity Worth N23.13bn to Neighboring Countries Despite Widespread Darkness.



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Power consumers in Nigeria have voiced their strong opposition to the export of approximately N23.13 billion worth of electricity to neighboring countries in 2022.

This development comes at a time when many Nigerian communities are grappling with persistent power outages and widespread darkness.

According to data obtained from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja, Nigeria continued its export of electricity to the Republics of Benin and Niger as well as certain special categories of consumers.

The total value of electricity exported from Nigeria in 2022 amounted to $50.98 million (equivalent to N23.5 billion at the official exchange rate of N461/$). However, international customers only remitted $32.69 million, approximately N15.1 billion, indicating a shortfall of $18.29 million or N8.4 billion during the period.

Also, special customers failed to remit N792.6 million in the same period, as revealed by figures from the power sector regulator.

The export of electricity despite the dire situation of power supply within the country has drawn significant criticism from electricity consumers.

The Nigeria Electricity Consumer Advocacy Network’s National Secretary, Uket Obonga, expressed dismay at the decision, stating that Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of citizens without access to electricity in the world.

He compared Nigeria’s situation to that of China, highlighting that while China has approximately 68 million citizens without electricity out of a population of 1.4 to 1.5 billion, Nigeria has a staggering 90 million people without access to electricity.

Obonga questioned the economic rationale behind exporting such a scarce commodity that the Nigerian people desperately need. He criticized the decision-makers behind this move and their apparent disregard for the plight of their own citizens.

The export of electricity, in the face of widespread darkness and a lack of access to electricity, has left many perplexed and wondering about the reasoning behind such a decision.

The NERC provided updates on the remittances made by special/cross-border customers in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Obonga argued that the export of electricity was unjustified, particularly considering the ability of Nigerians to pay for the commodity.

He pointed out that the joint monthly revenues from two or three power distribution companies exceeded the N23 billion earned from international customers throughout the entire year. Obonga suggested that corruption might be at play and urged the incoming government of President Bola Tinubu to thoroughly investigate this issue.

While officials at the NERC defended the export of electricity, citing obligations and agreements, the discontent among Nigerian power consumers remains palpable.

Critics argue that the export of electricity should not take precedence over meeting the domestic energy needs of the Nigerian people, especially when millions still lack access to reliable power supply.

It is imperative for the government and relevant stakeholders to address the concerns raised by power consumers and find a balance between fulfilling international commitments and ensuring adequate and reliable power supply within Nigeria.

The future of the country’s energy sector hinges on striking the right equilibrium that prioritizes the needs and well-being of the Nigerian people while fulfilling international obligations in a responsible and sustainable manner.

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