March Energy Update - Opportunities for U.S. Energy Exporters!

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Energy Update - March 2019

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Thailand’s electricity generating sector is one of the most stable businesses in Thailand for private operators due to the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) which remains the major Thai power supplier. 

Electricity generation in Thailand is highly dependent on natural gas.  Approximately 60% of Thai electricity is generated from natural sources in the Gulf of Thailand, Myanmar, and imported Liquid Natural Gas. Even though the proportion of renewable energy used for electricity generation in Thailand remains a small portion, the proportion of renewable power plants (excluding hydropower) has increased significantly over the last decade, contributing to approximately 9% of the total power generation in 2018. To learn more about Thailand's energy sector, click here.

U.S. Commercial Service Thailand Webpage

U.S. Commercial Service Energy Specialist

Spotlight Event

AUW CEO Program


The Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program is a trade show program designed to offer small and medium sized companies an opportunity to have high-level engagement at African Utility Week. The CEO Program is a specific area on the trade show floor (generally located within or next to the USA Pavilion) that is subdivided into meeting space (with tables and chairs, one set per each U.S. company), business center (internet access, small desk, etc.) and small lounge/seating area.

The CEO program is an alternative to the traditional trade show booth and offers a unique, cost-effective way for companies to participate. The program provides an incubator type platform for a company to experience the show and participate at a lower cost than the usual trade show booth and provides an assisted participation opportunity for U.S. companies to get to know the show and meet with key contacts in the market.

Participants in the CEO Program are allowed to display small table-top products, samples, or brochures. The CEO Program is meant to be a base of operations, allowing participants more flexibility to participate in key events and activities at the show.


The 19th annual African Utility Week (AUW) is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals. As an exciting new development this year, POWERGEN Africa will be co-located with AUW, adding an expanded focus on generation (Including renewables, off grid, fossil fuels and nuclear) while still concentrating on transmission and distribution (including metering), new technologies (including storage, mini grids, micro grids, IOT and ICT systems) and of course water.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, CLICK HERE.

Trade Events


Renewable Energy in Oman

Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. EDT (6 p.m. local)

Oman is diversifying its energy mix by commissioning new renewables projects, with solar plants and wind farms under implementation. Oman’s objective for 2030 is to reach 10% of consumed energy from renewables, and add 3-4 gigawatts of renewable generation. Learn more about opportunities in Oman’s renewable energy sector from representatives of the government and private sector.Guest
 U.S. Ambassador to Oman Marc J. Sievers,Andrew Rae, Oman Power and Water Procurement, Hilal Al-Ghaithi, Authority for Electricity Regulation, and Seti Gabriel, GlassPoint Solar


Transportation and Energy Infrastructure Opportunities in Oman

March 20, 2019 Time: 10:00am (EST) 7:00am (PST) 8:30 pm (India)

The US Commercial Service’s Global Asia Team and CS New Delhi are partnering with the Millennium Challenge Corporation - - at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu to educate U.S. companies on the myriad of current and future infrastructure and energy projects in Nepal and how U.S. businesses can successfully bid on these projects. MCC has allocated $398 million towards electricity transmission and $52 million toward transportation projects. Program Flyer


Sub-Saharan Africa Energy Market Briefing - Recorded Webinar

Speakers from Frost & Sullivan, USAID's Power Africa, Spintelligent, and U.S. Commercial Service South Africa highlighted opportunities in the African energy sector. You can listen to the presentation via a previously recorded webinar by contacting To view the program flyer, CLICK HERE.

Trade Leads

  • ISRAEL: 2nd Offshore Bidding Round
    Bid Document Submission of Interest: March 28, 2019. For more information, contact,, Oil & Gas Specialist, U.S. Embassy Israel.

  • GHANA: Chase Petroleum Wants to Engage with US Partners of Refined Petroleum Products
    Chase Petroleum wants to engage partners (suppliers, refineries or brokers) of refined petroleum products from the United States who have the capacity to deliver products (Gasoline and Gasoil, but not limited to these) to meet the Ghanaian market specifications. Chase Petroleum has the capacity to procure 40,000MT or more of combined products (gasoil and gasoline) on monthly basis at competitive prices. As part of the Chase Holding (CH) Group of companies, the Group has the largest and most efficient privately-owned tank farm with a 120,000 cubic meters capacity: Gasoil – 70,000 cubic meters. Gasoline – 50,000 cubic meters. Chase Petroleum Ghana Limited also wants to engage a financing partner (Bank, investment house, etc.) to finance the transactions between the US supply partner and Chase. This will be in the form of structured trade finance, Letter of Credit facility among other options. Company Profile HERE. For more information, contact, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Ghana.

  • MAURITIUS: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 14MW Battery Energy Storage Systems for the Republic of Mauritius (Central Electricity Board)
    Bid Documents Invitation for Bid Bid deadline: April, 09 2019 at 13.30 hrs local time (Refer to Addendum 2 for notice of extension of the deadline). Please CLICK HERE for an addendum/corrigendum/clarifications.

  • MAURITIUS: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 1.5MW Battery Energy Storage Systems for Rodrigues Island (Central Electricity Board)
    Bid Documents Invitation to Bid Bid deadline: April, 10 2019 at 13.30 hrs local time

    Invitation for Bid Deadline: May 17, 2019. For more information, contact

  • CHINA: Import LNG by ISO Containers   
    Information on Trade Lead | CERG Company Profile

  • PANAMA: Medium and High Voltage Power Meters for Home
    Company Name: DG Naanotech, S.A. Special attention to mobile power transformers. Seeking a long-term supplier. Deadline: March 15, 2019. For more information, contact, U.S. Embassy Panama. 

    For more information click here or contact, U.S. Embassy Dominican Republic. Deadline: March 27, 2019.

Market Research

SG Report 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration Released the 2018 Smart Grid Top Markets Report

ITA's 2018 Smart Grid Top Markets Report ranks 56 international markets in terms of growth potential for the U.S. smart grid industry. The Report also analyzes the sub-sectors of transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment; smart grid information communication technologies (ICT); and energy storage.

You can find the report here.


The Global Energy Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. energy industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S. Visit our Energy webpage or follow us on Twitter.

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