Ghana launches tender for renewable energy consultancy support

23 January 2018

As Ghana continues its quest for efficient energy sources, the country has applied for a loan to implement its Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP). The government has also launched a tender for assistance from consultants, mainly with social, economic, political and environmental impact assessments, and also with certain technical aspects of the project.

The power and energy sector in Ghana is in substantial debt, which is further compounded by the inefficiency of the country’s energy plants, which operate at only 50-65% of their capacity. In recent times, the government has been ramping up efforts to restructure the sector.

Late last year, the Volta River Authority, a public sector entity that produces thermal energy in Ghana, offloaded $2 billion worth of thermal assets to the private sector to cope with inefficiency. Now, the government has set things in motion to implement the SREP, which deals primarily with demonstrating the social, economic, and environmental feasibility of renewable energy models.

To help with implementation, the government has filed a loan application with major multi-lateral development agencies such as the Climate Investment Fund, the African Development Bank (ADB), which has also been chosen to lead the project, and the International Finance Corporation.   

Once the funds are secured, the SREP Project Implementation Unit for the Ministry of Energy anticipates the need for expertise and assistance, for which it has suggested the allocation of a portion of the loan to fund consulting contracts. Tenders for the consulting projects have already been launched.

Ghana launches tender for renewable energy consultancy support

The consulting projects largely revolve around generating specific reports on the socio-economic impact of the program, specifically mini-grid and stand-alone solar PVs electrification systems. In concrete terms, the selected consulting firm will produce an impact assessment report for 55 island/lakeside communities for mini-grids, and 600 households in 30 sparsely-populated communities for stand-alone electrification.

On the technical side of activities, consulting services will be required to develop a net-metered solar PV system with backup storage. This involves developing a net-metering program, deploying 15,000 units of roof-mounted solar PV systems at the very least, and consequently adding 25-30MW of capacity to the generation mix.

The benefits of such a plant include the possibility for businesses to generate their own power during a power cut, allowing them to operate without interruption. Surplus power in such a scenario can be transported to the grid, thereby relieving the grid and simultaneously reducing the cost of power. The roof-mounted solar units will further reduce costs for households and small businesses.

In its tender, the ministry calls for an experienced firm with a demonstrated capacity to handle such an assignment. No doubt, major players in the consulting industry will rush to capitalise on the big-money project, as they recently did in Morocco for two public sector contracts. The two contracts, which involved operational optimisation for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the preparation of a population register for the Ministry of Interior, were both won by Big Four professional services firm PwC, despite competition from other Big Four firms such as EY and KPMG, as well as McKinsey & Company and Roland Berger.  

Nigerian HR consultancy holds workshop for awareness on sustainable practices

18 April 2019

In order to promote awareness surrounding the sustainability of economic practices in Nigeria, organisation transformation and HR management consultancy Renner & Renner Consulting has held a workshop in collaboration with the Department of Petroleum & Resources.

The focus of the workshop was to familiarise firms and executives with the latest reports on the energy outlook in Nigeria and around the world, and their status with respect to the Paris Climate Agreement stipulations on developmental projects. The workshop is targeted at firms working in the oil & gas domain.

The stipulations, which are clubbed under the Development Guidelines and Standards on Carbon Emission Reduction Monetisation for Oil & Gas Projects, provide an environmental framework within which to conduct oil & gas projects. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with government officials at Southern Hotels in lagos.

Nigerian HR consultancy holds workshop for awareness on sustainable practices

A number of major dignitaries attended the event, including Project Director at Renner & Renner Ibby Iyama and Jennis Anyanwu who represented the delegation from the Department of Petroleum & Resources. Other guests at the event were Yomi Ayodeji, Joseph Muds and Eugene Itua.

Iyama set the agenda for the meeting, asking for cooperation from the Department of Petroleum & Resources to help control the rapid increase in the carbon generation from gas flaring practices across the country. She suggested that the reduction of carbon should be taken up on a project basis.

Provided that these projects were conducted with diligence, Iyama has expressed her belief in their capacity to support clean energy generation across Nigeria. She lauded the Department of Petroleum & Resources for their work in the domain of clean energy thus far, and urged representatives from the agency to mobilise cooperation.

Nigeria is one of the largest economies in Africa, and is among those countries that is heavily dependent on the trade of oil & gas for its GDP. As a result, the economy’s gradual recovery from the global dip in oil prices has been accompanied by an increase in the intensity of work in the oil & gas sector.