Ivory Coast seeks consultant for overhaul of electricity system

23 January 2019 Consultancy.africa 2 min. read

Ivory Coast – Cote d’Ivoire – has become the latest African country to seek consulting support for a major development project, amid an overall boom across the continent. The project involves a comprehensive overhaul of the electricity transmission and distribution system across the country.

Specifically known as the Transmission, Disbursement and Access to Electricity Project (PTDAE), the new contract involves the laying of a new transmission system as well as the replacement of several of the old cable networks. The country is now looking for consulting support to implement the project.

The consulting support will be financed through loans from the International Development Association, while the overall project will be supervised by Cote d’Ivoire Energies, acting on behalf of the Minstry of the country’s Petroleum, Energy and Energy Development Renewal department.

Cote d'Ivoire seeks consulting support for overhaul of electricity distribution system

The entity expects bids to come in from a number of international consulting firms, who will be looking to capitalise on the growing number of infrastructure projects across Africa. Recent reports revealed that there is a gap in infrastructure investment across the continent to the tune of $100 billion

As a result, not only have a number of countries ramped up their domestic investment in the development of various energy and electricity distribution projects, but a number of international firms have sought to enter the African market and establish a local base there with hopes of covering this gap.

Cote d’Ivoire is the latest in a number of countries to be developing its power transmission system. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company, for instance, signed a contract with international technology consultancy Indra last year to implement digital solutions in the entire ogranisational and distribution framework.

Other countries that have specifically been investing in grid development and power distribution mechanisms include Togo and Cameroon, both of which have sought consulting support in recent times. Outside of the power distribution domain, a number of countries are investing in newer forms of energy generation.