The Gambia seeks consulting support for solar power project

18 September 2018

The Gambia has become the latest African country to seek support from the consulting industry for a major energy project. The assignment involves an initial review of contract documents and the subsequent project supervision and management for the establishment of a solar PV plant.

The National Water and Electricity Company of the Republic of The Gambia – the country’s public sector utilities provider – has put a call out for consultants to support with the implementation of a solar power project, which involves the installation of a major solar PV grid.

Selected consulting firms will be tasked with a two-pronged assignment. The first phase involves the review and assessment of the design plans that have been prepared thus far by contractors, specifically for the construction of a 132 kilovolt (kV) transmission line for the distribution of solar energy.

The Gambia seeks consulting support for solar power project

The designs also include plans for the establishment of substations along the transmission lines. Once these designs have been reviewed, the consulting firm will take over the supervision and management of the contract, starting from the initial construction phase to the subsequent implementation.

In a request for proposals, the water and electricity company indicated its desire for a firm with at least ten years of experience in the project management domain, in addition to prior project completions in developing markets.

The project represents the latest in a string of development initiatives that have emerged across Africa in recent times, particularly since it came to light that the continent suffers from a major shortage of investment in infrastructure. A further shortage of expertise in the energy generation domain has prompted several countries to seek consulting support for project implementation.

Another trend that this project reinforces is the gravitation towards renewable forms of energy generation. A number of the projects initiated in recent months have involved the construction of large scale solar PV grids, exemplified by the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Programme in Ghana, which involves the deployment of 15,000 units of roof-mounted solar PV systems across the country.   

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Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

10 April 2019

The Government of Cameroon is on the lookout for consultants to support with the development of the Master Plan Production Transport Distribution of Electricity. The selected consultancy will be expected to conduct a study regarding the evacuation of power facilities in the country.

The result of the proposed study will be an initial design, followed by a more detailed blueprint, in addition to the final tender paperwork. The Master Plan Production Transport Distribution of Electricity is one of several developmental projects taking place across Africa to improve the region’s infrastructure scenario.

Specifically, the project looks to develop a more comprehensive network of transportation to and from power generation facilities, not only to enhance the capacity within these plants but also to expand the scope of distribution to the more remote areas of the country. The project also involves the development of two solar power plants.Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

This is another trend that is common across a number of African markets. Given that the latest wave of infrastructure development on the continent is coinciding with a global trend towards sustainable energy, most African countries are integrating renewable sources such as wind and solar within their energy generation systems.

Tcholiré and Kousséri are the two cities to be endowed with solar power plants, The candidates for consulting partners of the project are expected to have considerable global experience in the domains of power distribution and managing renewable energy generation projects.

Overall, the new plan is being designed to cover the gaps in the previous Electricity Sector Development Plan that was formed in 2014. The earlier plan failed to address a number of distribution issues around major generation centres, while the new plan is being designed to ensure efficient distribution.

As a result, the requirements for the new plan include detailed assessments of voltage and capacity of electricity plants, and the capacity of their associated distribution systems. The new plan is also, in similar vein, expected to have detailed guidelines on optimum transportation networks to and from the generation facilities.