Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency seeks consulting support for solar project

09 October 2018

The Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency (NREA) has called for consulting firms to assist with the launch of its 1 gigawatt (GW) Solar IPP programme, which is backed by the African Development Bank. The assignment involves the design of a masterplan for the project in addition to the conduction of feasibility studies.

The NREA is looking to entirely revamp the energy infrastructure in the province of Jigawa. Much like a number of other African countries, Africa’s largest economy is using this restructuring process as an opportunity to gravitate towards more renewable forms of energy.

Situated in Northern Nigeria, Jigawa is a province that receives high volumes of sunshine on an annual basis, which makes it an ideal prospect for the development of a solar power plant. To tap into this abundance of sunshine, the Nigerian government has made the decision to design a solar power project in the Gwiwa city of the province.

The project will be funded by the African Development Bank – which recently revamped its leadership – through its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa initiative. This programme is specifically aimed at supporting small and medium-scale renewable energy projects across the continent.

Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency seeks consulting support for solar project

To assist with designing a master-plan for the 1 GW project, in addition to evaluating the feasibility of the same, the NREP is now looking for consulting firms with experience in the energy infrastructure domain.

The additional energy generated by the plant will be directly supplied to the nationwide grid through the establishment of a new transmission line, which will be constructed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria. The capacity of the new line will be between 132kV and 330kV.

The plant will be developed along the model employed in the construction of the Moroccan Solar Programme, which was also supported by the African Development Bank. To help integrate the salient features of the model, the Jigawa project will receive support from the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (MASEN).

As explained in a document from the African Development Bank, “The MASEN model provides for significant investment and commitment upfront by the State with the aim to de-risk the investment and therefore reduce the overall cost from the IPP developers during procurement.”

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.