USAID Smart Development Initiative

In September 2005, the Center for Energy Economics was awarded a $3.5 million cooperative agreement to continue work in West Africa with the Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation (RCEER) and other partners in the region. Read more on RCEER and CEE accomplishments under the Energy Sector Governance grant on CEE USAID Grant Page. As part of the new cooperative agreement, we focus on capacity building and public education related to energy sector developments in the region, especially with respect to natural gas market development associated with the West African Gas Pipeline. The program is flexible to meet evolving needs of stakeholders in the region. Activities under this agreement are summarized below.


CEE to Assess Ghana's Oil & Gas Sector (November 6, 2009)
The Center for Energy Economics (CEE), at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will assess the state of the oil and gas sector in the west African country of Ghana. The assessment will act as a map for developing the infrastructure and expertise to most effectively manage Ghana's emerging oil and gas industry. The final report, to be completed in early 2010, will also make recommendations to USAID and other key international donors to help plan an integrated, coordinated energy assistance program for Ghana. The assessment kicks off Nov. 9 when the survey team arrives in Accra, Ghana.
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KITE is Awarded a Grant by Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP)
In December 2008, Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP) awarded the Kumasi Institute of Energy, Technology and Environment (KITE) a special projects grant of US$162,000 for the period of January to December 2009 to undertake research and advocacy in the oil and gas subsector by working with Parliament. The scope of the grant is a natural follow-up to CEE-UT and KITE activities over the last couple of years and reflects the increasing focus of Ghanaians on the governance of the oil sector.

Grant Prospectus [donwload]


Dr. Gülen Visits Nigeria and Ghana
April 20 - May 1 - Dr. Gülen traveled to Nigeria and Ghana for Smart Development partnership activities. During the trip, he presented on CEE's USAID activities in West Africa along with partners Ishmael Edjekumhene of KITE and Prof. Adeola Adenikinju of the University of Ibadan at the 2nd Annual NAEE/IAEE International Conference "Energy Industry Restructuring - Interactions between Business, Economics, and Policy," held on April 23-24 in Abuja, Nigeria. In Accra, he presented at the KITE's first workshop on Oil & Gas Sector Research & Advocacy Project under the GRAP grant.
On the picture: Dr. Gülen with Amoakoh Gyasi-Agyei, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

 


KITE is Awarded a Grant by Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP)
In December 2008, Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP) awarded the Kumasi Institute of Energy, Technology and Environment (KITE) a special projects grant of US$162,000 for the period of January to December 2009 to undertake research and advocacy in the oil and gas subsector by working with Parliament. The scope of the grant is a natural follow-up to CEE-UT and KITE activities over the last couple of years and reflects the increasing focus of Ghanaians on the governance of the oil sector.

Grant Prospectus [donwload]


West Africa Energy Security Report Released
Intended to be the first in a series, the report focuses on energy security and its various dimensions as they apply to conditions in West Africa.  The report is prepared by Dr. Adeola Adenikinju, University of Ibadan, CEE and the Kumasi Institute of Energy, Technology and Environment.  It is based on the Energy Security Quarterly, produced by the CEE-UT and sponsored by PA Consulting for the United States Agency for International Development's South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy

West Africa Energy Security Report - November 2008 [donwload]


Workshop - Commercial Frameworks for Energy Investment
More than forty delegates attended a by invitation only workshop held on September 8-9, 2008 in Accra . This was a follow-up to the workshop held in Abuja on May 1-2, 2008. After updates on key regional projects such as the West African Gas Pipeline and West African Power Pool, two facilitated discussions were held on energy sector governance and roles of institutions for energy infrastructure investment in West Africa, and policy and regulatory frameworks and investment considerations. The recommendations from the workshop will be communicated to various stakeholders.

  • Workshop agenda [download]
  • Presentation Slides "Commercial Frameworks for Energy Investments in West Africa" [download]
  • News article - W’African Gas: Countries to Review Operational Pact, by O. Ezigbo, Ghana, published in THISDAY Online [download]
  • News article "Atelier sous regional sur l'investissement en energie," by L. Doussou, Le Matinal, Benin [donwload]

Workshop - Commercial Frameworks for Energy Investment
Forty delegates attending a by invitation only workshop held on May 1-2, 2008 in Abuja. Participants discussed energy sector issues in West Africa (completion of WAGP, availability of gas, investment constraints such as subsidized pricing, generation technology options, demands of project financing, etc.) with international and local resources.

  • Workshop agenda [download]
  • News coverage of the workshop [download]
  • "Commercial Frameworks for Energy Investment,"presentation by Harriette Amissah-Arthur (KITE) [download]
  • "Investment Considerations," presentation by Dr. Gurcan Gülen (CEE-UT) [download]
  • "Infrastructure Integration in the WAPP Region," presentation by Amedeo Simoncini [download]
  • "Crise energetique en Afrique de l'Ouest," published in Togo Presse [download]
  • "Problematique de l'energie dans la sous region," published in Le Matinal, Benin [download]



Leadership Session at the First International Conference of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE)
As part of the first international conference of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), which CEE-UT helped to organize, CEE-UT and its partners held a half-day leadership session on April 30, focusing on investment implementation issues such as facilitating frameworks, political leadership for energy reforms, regulatory management, and the like. The conference had the backing of highest officials in Nigeria, with participation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, representing President Yar'adua, and several special energy advisors to the President. Close to 200 professionals, journalists and others attended the conference and our leadership session. [april 2008]


Joint Paper on WAGP
The Oil & Gas Journal's August 27, 2007 issue included a paper on the West African Gas Pipeline. The paper titled "Net WAGP economic benefit requires Ghana development" was jointly written by Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu (Ghana's Energy Commission), Dr. Felix Asante (ISSER, University of Ghana) and CEE's Dr. Gürcan Gülen. Read article (subscription required) [august 2007]


West Africa Regional Gas Workshop - Accra, Ghana
On July 9-13, 2007, Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation organized the West Africa Regional Natural Gas Workshop in Accra, Ghana. The event was supported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, and Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and the Environment (KITE). The workshop welcomed delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Cote d'Ivoire. It is the next in the series of training programs for capacity-building of energy professionals and public education on energy issues in West Africa, undertaken by CEE through the Smart Development Initiative for Energy Sector Governance Grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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Download presentation slides
[july 2007]


Natural Gas Workshop - Abuja, Nigeria
On February 5-9, 2007 Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation (RCEER) and CEE prepared and delivered a one-week regional natural gas workshop in Abuja, Nigeria with the assistance of Kumasi Institute for Environment and Technology (KITE), one of RCEER’s supporters, and support of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This week-long program helped participants better understand the requirements for a reasonably well-functioning natural gas marketplace in the West Africa sub-region. The program covered both the West Africa Gas Pipeline and directly affected countries (Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana) as well as internal and other regional considerations for expanded development of natural gas resources and enhanced use of natural gas for domestic and regional economic development and trade. The program was attended by over 40 specialists from 4 countries. [february 2007]


RCEER's Felix Asante Receives Award from German President Horst Köhler
On January 12, 2006 Dr. Felix Asante of the Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation (RCEER) at the University of Ghana received an award from the President of Germany Horst Köhler for his work on good governance. Dr. Asante is a coordinator of the RCEER, which was created with the support of the USAID through its "Smart Development Initiative," implemented by CEE.

German President Köhler presents the award to Dr. Asante From DAAD Newsletter, Jan. 2007:
"First Ghanaian admitted to DAAD African Good Governance Network. Dr. Felix A. Asante of the Institute for Statistical Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana has been welcomed as the first Ghanaian into the new DAAD sponsored "African Good Governance Network", which is under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler. The official acceptance into the programme took place on the opening night of "Partnership with Africa" Conference (12th January 2007) with President Köhler handing over the award certificate. The network aims to bring together young Africans, who have studied in Germany or at a DAAD supported Centre of Excellence in Africa, and are actively involved in the processes promoting good governance, democracy and prosperity in Subsaharan Africa." [january 2007]


CEE holds a Think Day on Africa
On November 1, 2006 CEE held a Think Day on Africa in Houston. The Think Day included presentations of delegations from Ghana and Nigeria, visiting CEE on a study tour on natural gas industry in the U.S. [november 2006]


KITE Director Visits CEE

In late October 2006, CEE welcomed Ms. Harriette Amissah-Arthur, a Director of the Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment. She was invited to present at the Gulf Publishing Company's " Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy & Technology." Ms. Amissah-Arthur presented in a session "Sustainable Development: What are the Duties of Energy Companies?" [october 2006]


Delegations from Nigeria and Ghana On Study Tour in Texas
In October 2006, CEE welcomed a group of energy sector professionals from Nigeria and Ghana. The delegations stayed in Houston for a two-week study tour on natural gas. The visit included a number of lectures at CEE, guest speaker presentations and site visits to local distribution companies, CNG and LNG fleets, and regulatory agencies. [october 2006]


The Launching of the "Guide to Natural Gas in Ghana
In August 2006, the Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation (RCEER) has completed and published the first edition of the Guide to Natural Gas in Ghana. The Guide provides comprehensive facts on Ghana 's natural gas sector. It discusses the nature and composition of natural gas, the processes of natural gas production, transportation, regulation, marketing and consumption. It looks at natural gas utilization strategies, natural gas and the environment and the prospects of the natural gas industry. The guide focuses mainly on natural gas in Ghana, its sources, consumption patters, and the general effects of natural gas and other sources of energy on the economy of Ghana. It also traces the history of the natural gas exploration in Ghana by considering actors, regulatory institutions, policy issues and review reports. The guide also discusses the entries process of the development of the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP). The launching of the Guide was held on September 15 and was osted jointly by RCEER and the Institute for Financial and Economics Journalists (IFEJ). The event was chaired by Mr. Kwame Pianim, Chairman of the PURC. The event was attended by about 75 people, including the RCEER Advisory Board members, several TV stations, newspapers and radio stations. [august 2006]


RCEER Holds a Natural Gas Workshop
Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation (RCEER) held a Natural Gas Workshop on September 12 in Accra. Dr. Foss and Dr. Gülen presented at the event. They provided information on natural gas industry infrastructure, commercial arrangements, investment considerations, case studies on distribution network development and economics of CNG use for transportation. The workshop was attended by energy sector professionals representing a variety of Ghana's entities, including EC, PURC, Ministry of Energy, GOIL, VRA, NPA, EPA, and WAPCO. [september 2006]


CEE Travels to Ghana for Various Meetings
Dr. Foss and Dr. Gülen spent two weeks in Ghana meeting with the RCEER, its Advisory Board and other key agencies. Many meetings were held to discuss strategies to the operation of the RCEER in the future. The visit also included preparations for the Natural Gas Workshop and the launching of the Guide to Natural Gas in Ghana. Dr. Foss and Dr. Gülen also attended a workshop organized by the Energy Commission of Ghana on natural gas pipeline development in Ghana. The workshop was attended by Ghana's key stakeholders, including the Minister of Energy. [september 2006]


Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu Completes His Exchange Visit to CEE
Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, who was visiting CEE for 6 months, has returned to Ghana. During his trip, Joseph, who is a Director of Strategic Planning and Policy Division at Ghana's Energy Commission, worked with CEE researchers on natural gas issues relevant to Ghana for RCEER. He also worked with BEG on CO2 modeling for the Gulf Coast. [august 2006]


CEE Travels to Ghana for RCEER Advisory Board Meeting
In June, Dr. Foss and Dr. Gülen traveled to Ghana to visit various counterpart agencies, including Chamber of Mines, Energy Commission, Energy Ministry, GNPC, KITE, National Petroleum Authority and PURC. They also visited the Tema Oil Refinery. CEE's week-long visit finished with a meeting of the RCEER Advisory Board on June 16. After a quick review of past year's activities, the Board considered the current activities, providing suggestions in implementation of surveys and outreach activities. RCEER Steering Committee will use these suggestions to structure the outreach activities and informational seminars. The RCEER's expansion to become a regional center for West Africa was also discussed and key decisions have been made. For more information, see June monthly report [june 2006]


Delegates from Ghana's Energy Commission and Ministry of Energy Participate in New Era

From May 8 to May 19, three delegates from Ghana attended CEE's annual capacity-building program New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation. This year's participants, supported by USAID through CEE's Smart Development Initiative grant, were Mr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Chief Programme Analyst, Energy Commission of Ghana, Mr. Francis Gbeddy, Head of Power Division, Energy Commission of Ghana, and Mr. Kwaku Boateng from Ghana's Energy Ministry. [ more ] [may 2006]


Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu Speaks at BEG Seminar
On Friday, April 28th, the seminar speaker was Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Chief Planning Analyst, Ghana Energy Commission. He spoke on "Capacity Building in the Ghana Energy Sector: the Contribution of CEE/BEG". [ Abstract ]
[april 2006]


Two-Week Exchange Visit to CEE
From February 18 through March 3, CEE hosted a two-week program on the natural gas industry for three Ghanaian colleagues: Mr. Emmanuel Quaye-Foli from the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu from the Energy Commission and Mr. Seth Adjei-Boye from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. more


CEE Senior Staff Conducts a Natural Gas Workshop
Dr. Gülen conducted a workshop on natural gas investments. The workshop was organized for a delegation from Ghana, attending the NARUC Winter Meetings. Delegates represented the Energy Commission, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, and the Energy Ministry. CEE and NARUC both have USAID agreements that cover natural gas market and regulatory development in Ghana and they collaborate to ensure positive impact and to avoid duplicative activities. Ms. Miranda Wainberg of CEE and Mr. Mark Lewis of Baker Botts also presented at the workshop.

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Exchange Visit of Essandoh-Yeddu to CEE
CEE welcomed Mr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy Division at Ghana's Energy Commission. During his six-month stay, Mr. Essandoh-Yeddu will work with CEE senior research staff on natural gas issues relevant to Ghana for RCEER. While in the U.S., he will also work on his Ph.D. thesis, and CO2 modeling in the Gulf Coast for the Bureau of Economic Geology.


Dr. Gülen's Visit to Ghana
Dr. Gülen spent the first week of January in Ghana, meeting with RCEER supporters regarding RCEER activities and its future, and energy sector stakeholders regarding natural gas market and regulatory developments. The trip was the first activity under the new USAID grant to the Center for Energy Economics to continue its "Smart Development Initiative." Click here for more information about CEE's Smart Development Initiative


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