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Advising African government on improving power systems

International energy consultant, intec Gopa, is busy advising several African governments and superregional organisations on the efforts to develop their power supply systems by extending and improving the power generation capacity and the national/regional transmission and distribution networks.

In Nigeria intec is assisting various initiatives of the Nigerian government for transmission lines and substations to connect seven medium-sized power stations under NIPP and several utility scale projects with the Transmission Company of Nigeria. The company is also working with the private sector at different levels and has provided services for QIT (Mobil) gas power plant evacuation, and is active in the growing market of renewable energy, especially in the field of medium-sized grid connected solar power plants. intec is also engaged in manpower development activities through the Nigerian Power training institute along with parent group Gopa.

In Kenya it recently completed a feasibility study for development of grid-connected solar power plants (160 MWp). The objective of this study was to investigate areas with a high potential for the development of grid connected solar power plants, to assess available commercial solar technologies suitable for grid connected power generation in Kenya, and to prepare concept designs and general specifications for pilot grid-connected solar plants.

At the request of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), intec is leading an international consortium for an interconnection project in western Africa. Nearly 1,000 km of 225 kV overhead line including associated substations will be built from N’Zékéroré in Guinea to Bamako in Mali. The consortium will prepare the feasibility study, prequalification and tender documents and will develop a human resource programme for the concerned electricity companies, energy ministries and for staff of the general directorate of WAPP.

For the construction of the 220 kV Kawanda – Masaka transmission line in Uganda, intec has been appointed as Owner’s Engineer for the tendering stage and the whole construction phase. The three-year project comprises, in addition to the 137 km double circuit transmission line, the upgrade of Kawanda substation including control, protection and communication equipment as well as the construction of the new Masaka and Mbarara substations.

intec participates in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of an international consortium, in the construction of approximately 169 km 220 kV line from Ruzizi to Goma. intec’s experts are in charge of the preparation of the feasibility study, design studies as well as the elaboration of detailed designs and tender dossiers for substations and lines.

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