The Gambia seeks consulting support for electricity distribution system

12 October 2018

The Government of The Gambia has called for support from the consulting industry to assist with the development of a strategic master plan for the country’s electricity distribution system. Alongside general forecasts, the assignment will involve the updating of its financial model and a number of other improvements.

In recent weeks, The Gambia has substantially ramped up its efforts to develop its energy sector. Last month, the country’s National Water and Electricity Company called for consulting support to help develop a solar power project, involving the establishment of a high-capacity solar PV grid.

The country is now looking to make improvements to its overall electricity distribution system, with hopes to optimise every stage of the production and distribution process. The new infrastructure is part of broader efforts from the country to meet the anticipated demand for electricity over the next few years.

The Gambia seeks consulting support for electricity distribution system

To this end, the government hopes to work in collaboration with consultants to devise a strategic master plan, which will evaluate the current state of electricity distribution across the country and provide estimates on the levels that the demand will reach in the near future.

Specifically, the assignment involves an initial demand and estimation forecast, following which a solar mapping study and a land banking exercise will be required. In addition, the consultants will help examine the prospects for thermal power generation, primarily through a gas-to-power options study.

Consultants will also examine the energy imports in The Gambia, based on which a least-cost power development plan will be devised. In the technical domain, the selected consulting firm will conduct a universal access study and develop a technology & development master plan based on its findings.

Lastly, the firm will conduct an update of the system’s financial model and make institutional arrangements to increase efficiency. The project is the latest in a string of energy development projects across Africa in recent times, in a concerted effort to cover the large gap in infrastructure development prevalent across the continent.

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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.