Multiconsult wins implementation consultant role for GET FiT Zambia

31 May 2018

Multiconsult – a Norwegian design and architecture consulting firm – has been selected to be the implementation consultant for Zambia’s GET FiT programme. As part of the government’s Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Strategy (REFiT), Get FiT involves the potential delivery of small and medium renewable energy projects of around 20 megawatts each.

In light of a major deficit in infrastructure funding across the continent, most countries in Africa are currently working to develop large-scale energy programmes, often with help from the consulting industry. Given the continent’s abundance of sunshine and large reserves of biomass, a number of these projects involve renewable forms of energy generation.

Zambia’s renewable energy strategy – known as REFiT – aims to promote development primarily by removing barriers to private investment in a sector that has traditionally been dominated by the public sector. Under this strategy, the country has launched the GET FiT programme, which lays emphasis on building small and medium plants, ranging from solar energy to biomass to geothermal.

The first phase of the programme involves the development of solar PV capacity amounting to 100 MW. The role of tender agent for this first phase – which is already underway – was awarded earlier to Norway-based construction and design consulting firm MulticonsultMulticonsult wins implementation consultant role for GET FiT ZambiaThe firm was founded in 1908, and has since offered multidisciplinary consulting & design services for a range of projects across the world. Other services offered by the firm include project engineering & management, verification, inspection, supervision and even architecture. 

Now, Multiconsult has been offered further involvement in GET FiT, having been selected as the implementation consultant for the programme in Zambia. Alongside offering support in the policy and regulatory domains, the firm will also help with tender implementation and supervising the construction process.

In addition, the firm will also operate the GET FiT Secretariat in Zambia for the next three years, which is subject to extension based on project status. Multiconsult has already demonstrated its capabilities in running such projects, having played an identical role in the GET FiT Uganda programme for five years, which generated over $400 million in investments.

Commenting on the project, Ryan Anderson, the team leader for Multiconsult’s operations in Zambia said, “If successful, GET FiT will not only provide up to 200 MW of new generation from small renewables to the people of Zambia, it will leave a lasting impact on the regulatory framework for all future investments in the power sector.”


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Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

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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.