Togolese government seeks consulting support for power distribution project

26 July 2018

Having obtained a loan from the International Development Association for the Reform and Investment electricity project, the government of Togo is scanning the consulting industry for support with the project’s preliminary designs, among a range of other services spread across a six-month contract. 

Togo has become the latest addition to the long list of African countries enlisting the services of consultants for support with major infrastructure projects. The continent struggles constantly with a lack of funding in infrastructure, which is proving a significant hindrance to realising its potential in economic growth.

Reports emerged early this year that demand for electricity in sub-Saharan Africa is due to skyrocket in the years to come, and that the current level of infrastructure is not nearly sufficient to meet this demand. As expected, investment in power generation and distribution projects has gone up significantly.

Since the start of this year, at least eight major power projects have obtained funding from international agencies such as the Africa Development Bank, the International Development Bank, the World Bank, and even the United States Agency for International Development, the majority of which were in the economically lucrative region of Eastern Africa.

Togolese government seeks consulting support for power distribution project

A section of the funds obtained from international agencies are usually deployed towards hiring consulting firms, which assist with various aspects of the project, from design to development. Togo has become the latest country to look for support from the consulting sector, for help with the Reform and Investment Project in the country’s power sector.

The project is aimed at enhancing Togo’s energy generation capacity, with the additional specific objective of improving access to electricity in Lomé – the country’s capital city. The project consists of three main components, namely improving the distribution systems, improving the institutional and policy framework, and overall capacity building.

At completion, the project will supply electricity to 960 rural communities, starting with 300 in the first phase. The supervising agency for the undertaking is the Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energies Agency, which is now on the lookout for consultants.

The selected consulting firm will be tasked with a number of assignments over a six-month contract, including the identification of cost-effective means for technical improvements, the design of an initial blueprint with voltage specifications, identification of restrictions in the environmental or technical domains, and the preparation of budget estimates.

In addition, consultants will engage in geographical and demographic mapping to identify possible power station construction sites and access roads. Lastly, the firm will have to prepare an Environmental and Social Management Plan with the aim of achieving a Strategic Environment Assessment. 

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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.