South Sudan’s regional oil and gas infrastructure is limited to its pipeline link to Sudan. To increase production and take full advantage of its status as the only mature oil producer in the East African Community, South Sudan will need to integrate its energy infrastructure with that of Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. Oil and gas discoveries in the Rift systems of Uganda and Kenya are transforming the energy profile of East Africa, but for all the region’s exploration success, integration and regional infrastructure projects are lacking. How can South Sudan and its neighbors cooperate to plan, finance and build infrastructure? What can South Sudan do to better exploit its position in a regional market of 150 million people? Our panel tackles these questions.
The agreement will see Ethiopia exporting 100 MW of electricity to South Sudan over the next three years with plans to increase capacity to 400 MW.