Mozambique secures World Bank funds, seeks consultants for power distribution project

29 May 2018

The government of Mozambique will allot a portion of World Bank funds – received for the country’s Power Efficiency and Reliability Improvement Project – to the appointment of consulting services. The project will include a review of current standards for the project and alignment with global best practices.

Africa as a continent is on the threshold of becoming highly relevant for the global economy, given its cumulatively young population and its rapidly developing economy. In order to realise this potential, however, the continent needs to secure a number of fundamentals, the most significant of which is its infrastructural framework.

A report from The Boston Consulting Group at the end of last year revealed that sub-Saharan Africa currently faces an infrastructure gap of $100 billion, extending across the energy, transport, and ICT sectors. However, recent developments indicate that this scenario is on the mend. 

Mozambique secures World Bank funds, seeks consultants for power distribution project

Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia have all sought consulting support for major energy development projects in recent months, ranging from thermal power plants to liquefied natural gas projects to solar energy farms. Now, Mozambique has initiated its Power Efficiency and Reliability Improvement Project (PERIP).

PERIP is aimed at increasing operational capacity of power generation plants in certain designated areas across Mozambique, and is to be implemented through a three-pronged approach. Firstly, the programme focuses on the infrastructure, with the aim of improving transmission and distribution. 

Secondly, the programme will examine the operations of Mozambiques power distribution agency – Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), aiming at optimisation and greater commercial efficiency. Thirdly, the programme examines the overall institutional framework for power distribution in the country.

Of the $150 million allocated by the World Bank for PERIP, a portion has been designated by EDM for hiring consultants. The selected firm will examine the current EDM standards for design and construction, analyse their distance from international best practices, and propose a new and improved operational framework. 

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.