Power Africa geothermal initiative in Ethiopia seeks consulting support

03 August 2018 Consultancy.africa

The Power Africa initiative is on the lookout for consultants again, this time to help develop a geothermal data management system for the growing geothermal energy sector in Ethiopia. The new system will be leveraged by the two enforcing authorities – Geological Survey of Ethiopia and Ethiopia Electric Power.

The United States Energy Association (USEA) works in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement the US government’s Power Africa initiative, aimed at improving energy generation and distribution systems across the continent.

The initiative is funded under USAID’s Energy Utility Partnership Program, and offers assistance to African countries in the domains of policy, finance and technical capacity. Power Africa was in the news recently, when it called for consulting support with the Olkaria Geothermal Field in Kenya.

Power Africa geothermal initiative in Ethiopia seeks consulting support

Now, Power Africa has called for more proposals, this time for the development of a geothermal data management system in Ethiopia. The move comes amid broader efforts from the Ethiopian government to develop the country’s energy sector. 

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), which is the state-owned entity responsible for distribution of electricity across the country, recently called upon consulting support for the Melka Sedi Thermal Power Project – an assignment that involved the preparation of a feasibility study based on the social, technical and economic costs of developing the plant.

The EEP is one of two organisations to be implementing the new data management system, the other being the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) – a research entity in the domain of geothermal energy. Alongside developing the new system, the new consulting assignment also involves the training of GSE and EEP personnel in its use.

The database will be “relational” in nature, and the consultants will additionally identify and assign what the USEA terms data base “custodians” in both organisations, and will also offer remote support in the maintenance and development to these custodians following the completion of the project. 

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.