Ivory Coast seeks consultant for overhaul of electricity system

23 January 2019 Consultancy.africa

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.  

Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

10 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

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.