While the country sits on over 3.5bn of proven oil reserves, the third largest in sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of its territory remains under-explored. With over 180,000 barrels a day South Sudan remains one of the most advanced countries in Upstream Oil and Gas in East Africa with the possibility of reaching 300,000 barrels in next two years .On the other hand the accessibility rate to grid electricity in South Sudan, which is thermal based, is estimated at 1.0%, a rate that has been constant for the past eleven years. The per capita electricity consumption is in the range of 1–10kWh. Power generation is by diesel-fired generators, which suffer the demerits of high cost of fuel, short life span and environmental degradation. 83% of South Sudan is rural and uses kerosene, charcoal and firewood. Other sources of energy that are widely used in the country’s cities are battery and solar array units for lighting and entertainment.
The total number of electricity customers in South Sudan as of 2016 is estimated at 30,000, with Juba city alone accounting for 20,000, where customers are on prepaid and analog meters. In order to benefit from this frontier of emerging opportunities, women must be encouraged to equip themselves with the right skills, mindset and attitudes that will allow them actively participate in this expanding frontier. Women must not be left behind in this sector growth that is set to catalyse Kenya’s march to middle income status by the year 2030.
Brands and Beyond Ltd. is therefore thrilled to unveil the ‘Women in Energy conference and awards South Sudan 2020’ awards program which seeks ‘To facilitate the development of an authentic community of women who are putting the best foot forward and going above their call of duty to influence the landscape of the energy sector in Africa.’
Conference Theme: “Are Women Losing out in the Energy Revolution?”